At quarter distance of the 56th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring the ...
At quarter distance of the 56th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring the #5 VICI Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is running very strongly with no problems being reported. The race is currently running under a full course yellow flag situation with began at 12:45 PM when a GT2 car went into the barriers, the first incident in an otherwise smooth open 3 hours. Uwe Alzen is now behind the wheel and the team is happy with the performance so far.
Uwe is currently lying in sixth place in the hotly contested GT2 class, and the car has been running in the top-six all race, and as high as second place. With this being the first race of a brand new tire development program being in conjunction with Kumho Tire the performance is above the team's expectations, and builds on the important and steady progress that has been made all week.
This morning (15th March) started bright, sunny and early in Sebring, Florida and VICI Racing was able to bed in the #5 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR during the official warm up session (7:30 - 7:50 AM), turning in eight installation laps with the car in the hands of Craig Stanton. With no problems reported, the team, which is being supported by Wempe, Tornos and Westway Development this week, was able to line up on the grid and take the green flag at 10:05 AM after the usual Sebring pre-start festivities had been completed.
Craig started the race in the #5 car and was able to establish a consistent pace in the 2:05-2:06 bracket during the early laps. At the 1 hour mark Craig was 4th in class. At 11:12 AM, after 1 hour 7 minutes of running and 29 laps, Craig came in for tires, fuel and driver change. His best lap was a 2:05.687. Nathan Swartzbaugh was in the cockpit for the second stint and he was quickly back on track and running a solid pace. At the race completed its second hour Nathan was running an excellent 4th place in class.
At 12:12 PM (2 hour 7 minutes of running) Nathan pitted to end his stint and hand over to Uwe Alzen. With fuel and 4 new tires, the experienced German pilot, a former winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring, returned to the track. Uwe is currently in the car under a yellow flag situation.
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is being telecast on Saturday live on SPEED TV. Live radio broadcasting, plus live scoring and pit notes, are available at www.americanlemans.com.
Craig Stanton says: "The start was good and clean and went without any incident, the track's looking pretty good to drive, the set up is fine and seems well suited to the race, and the tires are working well; meaning I was able to run consistent lap times. We seem to be in pretty good shape but there is a long, long way to go."
Roland Wall, VICI Racing Chief Engineer & Technical Director, says: "I'm pleased with how the race is progressing so far. The set up is good and all three drivers are able to run a consistent pace, setting lap times within the window that we targeted before the start. The Kumho Tires have been running very well through the opening three stints and bearing in mind just how much work we have had to do this week it means we are making real progress. To run a top-5 pace is excellent, and a great for the guys, who have put in so much hard work here. Every lap is a learning lap for us, and that's why we are here, there is no substitute for development in a racing situation. Now we hope to continue to run solidly."