Sebring: Niclas Jonsson race report

Nic Jonsson scored a second-place GT finish at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring -- his first race in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The Swedish driver, now living in Buford, Ga., teamed with Johnny Mowlem of England and Craig Stanton of Long Beach, Calif.,...

Nic Jonsson scored a second-place GT finish at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring -- his first race in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The Swedish driver, now living in Buford, Ga., teamed with Johnny Mowlem of England and Craig Stanton of Long Beach, Calif., in the No. 31 Porsche fielded by Petersen Motorsports / White Lightning Racing. They started third on the GT grid, led the class several times and stayed in the top three throughout the taxing 12-hour race, showing the strength of the manufacturer, team and drivers.

"You have to use a different style when you drive the Porsche compared to other GT cars," Jonsson said. "The biggest thing I had to get used to was the synchronized gearbox because I haven't driven with a synchronized box since 1992. It was also the first GT car I drove with an engine in the rear. That meant there was a lot of shock [absorber] travel, so I needed confidence to get back on the power when the car was moving around. But it was very stable under braking; you can brake very late without locking up any wheels. The car is very responsive!

"I was very pleased with the team's performance -- the way they prepped the car and managed the pitstops -- and with my own performance. We proved we can really be in contention and win races. Mike Petersen, Dale White and Porsche Motorsport are a great combination, and I was delighted to be part of their effort at Sebring."

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