Sebring: Seikel Motorsports race report

Communications Construction Group Porsche has flawless Sebring! SEBRING, FL. March 16. At the famed "Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring" endurance race, sometimes an uneventful race can be an event in itself. The Seikel Motorsports Porsche GT3R, ...

Communications Construction Group Porsche has flawless Sebring!

SEBRING, FL. March 16. At the famed "Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring" endurance race, sometimes an uneventful race can be an event in itself. The Seikel Motorsports Porsche GT3R, sponsored by Communications Construction Group, demonstrated that adage here today, with a flawless run to second place in the hotly contested GT class.

Hugh Plumb had qualified the Porsche 12th among the 21 GT entries, but the team wasn't concerned. "This is a 12 hour race," Plumb stated, "and we're more concerned with our race setup than a single fast lap."

That strategy proved correct. Plumb was the starting driver for the CCG Porsche, and immediately began moving up. "My concern in the first hour was just to avoid the heavy traffic, and let the field sort itself out," he said. Plumb turned the Porsche over to his co-drivers, Philip Collin and Andrew Bagnall, after the first hour. The team alternated shifts for the balance of the race, with Plumb driving over seven of the 12 hours.

The CCG Porsche steadily moved up in the GT field, the combination of speed and reliability putting the car fifth in class during the fifth hour, fourth during the sixth hour, and third in GT an hour after that. While much of the field faced mechanical problems or became involved in accidents, the CCG Porsche was continuing its trouble-free run.

Plumb was back behind the wheel for the final two hours, holding third behind two factory-supported Porsches. With special engines and tires unavailable to private entries those two cars were widely considered unbeatable, but when the second place car made its final pit stop it wouldn't restart, and Plumb passed the disabled Porsche to take second place in GT, and 14th overall among the 59 starters. The team also received the award as the best private entry in the GT class.

"I didn't realize we were second until I stopped in Victory Lane," said Plumb. "Our radio hadn't been working for several hours -- the only problem we faced all day -- so I thought we were still in third. This finish, against some of the best cars and drivers in road racing, has to be my most exciting day in racing. Seikel Motorsports prepared a great car, and Communications Construction Group made it all possible. There aren't enough words to tell them how appreciative I am."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Hugh Plumb