Sebring: Spyker Cars race report

The Spyker C8 Double12R retired after 4.5 hours in the 12 Hours of Sebring due to a front suspension failure following a collision earlier in the race when Derek Hill was hit by a Porsche 911 GT3 RS on the right hand side and spun the car in the...

The Spyker C8 Double12R retired after 4.5 hours in the 12 Hours of Sebring due to a front suspension failure following a collision earlier in the race when Derek Hill was hit by a Porsche 911 GT3 RS on the right hand side and spun the car in the second hour of the race.

Until the time the car was forced to retire it ran very well (38th overall and 14th in the GT class) and it might have finished since no mechanical problems occurred save for a nipped driveshaft seal.

Victor Muller, Spyker's CEO, commented: "We have had a very interesting week at Sebring and learned so much about the car. It will be very competitive even with an handicap (+ 70 kgs - 15 % restrictor). When we start losing our handicaps, we will make GT class racing even more interesting: there is a new kid on the block. Hans Reiter and his team have done a tremendous job."

Spyker Squadron has entered two cars for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Derek Hill commented:

"It was great to see the potential of what this car is capable of and what we accomplished on such a tough circuit like Sebring. Therefore I am very much looking forward to my first time at Le Mans in the Spyker." Phil Hill, three times Le Mans winner and Derek's father:"I am very proud of what the Spyker Squadron team has achieved through tremendously hard work. It was impressive to say the least that the car lasted for so long and might have run for much longer without the suspension damage that caused it to retire. I just cannot wait to see two of these alloy war horses coming down the Mulsanne Straight: I will be there."

Peter Kox:

"It was a great achievement that the Spyker started in this race. One could see it as a victory that we drove for 4.5 hours. With the invaluable data generated during the course of this week I am convinced that we will present two very competitive cars at Le Mans."

Hans Hugenholtz:

"This car has enormous potential. We achieved at Sebring all we could have hoped for."

- www.spykercars.com

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Series ALMS
Drivers Derek Hill , Phil Hill , Peter Kox , Hans Hugenholtz