Abbreviated Sebring Qualifying SEBRING, FL March 13, 2008 After qualifying for the 56th running of the Twelve Hours of Sebring was shortened by a lengthy debris clean-up in turn one, Dyson Racing was congratulated on...
Abbreviated Sebring Qualifying
SEBRING, FL March 13, 2008 After qualifying for the 56th running of the Twelve Hours of Sebring was shortened by a lengthy debris clean-up in turn one, Dyson Racing was congratulated on winning the P2 pole for the season-opener of the American Le Mans Series They had the first and second quickest P2 times of the abbreviated qualifying session. Ten minutes later IMSA ruled that the qualifying session was null and void: at eight minutes in length, it did not run long enough to be an official session. Starting positions were determined by the fastest time set in the three prior practice sessions, placing the #20 Dyson entry fourth in class and the #16 sister car sixth.
"It is too bad, because we do not run practice sessions as qualifying sessions," said Rob Dyson, team owner. "Plus they not only penalized the top two classes in qualifying, P1 and P2, but they also penalized all the GT guys (who ran all of their qualifying session). I think that it is a hollow accomplishment for those who benefited from it. Those that did not and got hurt from it are feeling the way that we do.
"Rules are rules and the practice session was two minutes shorter than it should have been. When they red flagged it, they kept the clock going and they could not restart it. That is the way the rule is written.
"The rule has to be changed. The rule should be that when there is a red flag in qualifying, the clock has to be stopped and every reasonable effort made to restart the session. It's the show that the fans come to see and we must not forget that."
Last year's Sebring 12 Hour was the first race for Dyson Racing with their two new Porsche RS Spyders. The team's quick times at the start of today's'qualifying session attests to their substantive advancement up the learning curve. As Rob Dyson likes to point out, "Saturday is payday."
The 56th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida will start at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 15. The race will be broadcast live by SPEED, which will begin its coverage at 9:30 a.m. The race also begins series coverage on XM Radio. XM will broadcast the race from 10 a.m. until noon and then again from 9 p.m. until the finish on XM 166. American Le Mans Radio and IMSA's Live Timing & Scoring will be available at americanlemans.com.