Sebring 12h: WTR Cadillac wins again, Corvette beats Ford in GTLM

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Wayne Taylor Racing added the 65th 12 Hours of Sebring to its 55th Daytona 24 Hours success, leading a Cadillac 1-2-3 in the American sportscar classic.

WTR’s Alex Lynn, paired with team owner Wayne Taylor’s sons Ricky and Jordan, scored a hard-fought victory over first of the Action Express Cadillacs.

Lynn took the lead after WTR opted to short-fuel the car in the eighth hour, leapfrogging ahead of the AXR’s erstwhile leading #5 car of Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, having run an extra lap in its previous stints.

Albuquerque jumped ahead again when Lynn tripped over a GTD Audi, but the shoe was on the other foot in the next stint, when Jordan Taylor dived past Albuquerque when he got baulked by the #33 GTD Mercedes.

Ricky Taylor was installed for the final stint, against Barbosa in the #5 AXR machine. Taylor was in complete control, adding a second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory on the trot.

The second Action Express-run Cadillac, the #31 car, suffered a setback when Eric Curran rammed the dawdling Nissan DPi of Johannes van Overbeek at Turn 17, and it took four laps to restart the car. It regained enough time to finish third, but was never a factor in the lead battle.

The #85 JDC-Miller-run Oreca was the best of the LMP2 cars, but finished a distant fourth overall.

The challenge of the pole-sitting Rebellion-run Oreca withered right from the end of Neel Jani’s first stint, when a sequence of airgun, starter motor and alternator problems blighted its challenge. Both ESM Nissan DPi machines also fell out with mechanical woes.

Performance Tech Motorsports led the PC category throughout, from the Starworks #8 car.

Corvette takes stunning GTLM win

The pole-sitting GTLM #67 Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe/Richard Westbrook/Scott Dixon did not take up its position on the grid due to an issue getting it started. But once going, the car tore through towards the front in just a couple of hours – albeit running off sequence to rivals, which complicated matters.

In the latter stages, Ford stuck to its pit strategy plan, while rivals from Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche all pitted opportunistically under yellow in Hour 9.

It allowed the #3 Corvette to lead into the final hour, ahead of the #911 Porsche – with the trio of Fords giving chase.

A full-course yellow with just over an hour to go added intrigue to the equation. The final pistop was a disaster for Porsche, as Patrick Pilet was stranded with a right-rear wheelgun failure that dropped him from second in class to fifth.

That put Corvette's Garcia in pole position for GTLM victory, with two Fords restarting right behind him. But Pilet was flying as the green flag flew – his Porsche working perfectly in the cooler conditions of the night – and he made short work of both Fords and set off after Garcia’s Corvette.

But with potential victory in his sights, Pilet had to pit again with a left-front puncture, handing the race to Corvette and slumping to seventh as he had to serve a drive-through penalty for running over his airgun's hose.

The #66 Ford of Joey Hand, Dirk Muller and Sebastien Bourdais finished second, ahead of the Risi Ferrari and #67 Ford which spun on the final lap.

Riley Mercedes wins GT Daytona

The Riley Motorsports AMG Mercedes GT3 of Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating and Mario Farnbacher won the GT Daytona class, overcoming a late-race pit gamble by the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 to skip fresh tyres.

However, Bleekemolen – who had pulled a 28sec lead in the final stint before the yellows – sized up his quarry and passed Alessandro Balzan to retake the lead and pull away to win by nine seconds. 

Tristan Vautier drove a heroic race, overcoming mistakes and drive-through penalties by co-driver Boris Said to grab third on the very last lap from Christopher Mies in the Land-Motorsport Audi R8.

Two Lamborghini Huracans, driven by Jeroen Mul (Change Racing) and Mirko Bortolotti (Grasser Racing), stopped in the closing stages, so the highest finishing Lambo was the #48 Paul Miller Racing entry in fifth.

Sebring 12 Hours 

ClaClassNumDriverChassisLapsTime
1 P 10 united_states  Jordan Taylor 
united_states  Ricky Taylor 
united_kingdom  Alex Lynn 
Cadillac DPi 348  
2 P 5 brazil  Christian Fittipaldi 
portugal  Filipe Albuquerque 
portugal  Joao Barbosa 
Cadillac DPi 348 13.614
3 P 31 united_kingdom  Mike Conway 
united_states  Dane Cameron 
united_states  Eric Curran 
Cadillac DPi 346 2 laps
4 P 85 canada  Mikhail Goikhberg 
united_states  Chris Miller 
south_africa  Stephen Simpson 
ORECA 344 4 laps
5 PC 38 united_states  James French 
united_states   Kyle Masson 
united_states  Patricio O'Ward 
ORECA FLM09 338 10 laps
6 PC 8 united_states  Sean Rayhall 
canada  Garett Grist 
united_states  Max Hanratty 
canada  James Dayson 
ORECA FLM09 336 12 laps
7 GTLM 3 denmark  Jan Magnussen 
spain  Antonio Garcia 
germany  Mike Rockenfeller 
Corvette C7.R 334 14 laps
8 GTLM 66 france  Sébastien Bourdais 
united_states  Joey Hand 
germany  Dirk Müller 
Ford GT 334 14 laps
9 GTLM 62 italy  Giancarlo Fisichella 
united_kingdom  James Calado 
finland  Toni Vilander 
Ferrari 488 GTE 334 14 laps
10 GTLM 67 australia  Ryan Briscoe 
new_zealand  Scott Dixon 
united_kingdom  Richard Westbrook 
Ford GT 334 14 laps
11 GTLM 68 germany  Stefan Mücke 
france  Olivier Pla 
united_states  Billy Johnson 
Ford GT 334 14 laps
12 GTLM 25 united_states  Bill Auberlen 
canada  Kuno Wittmer 
united_kingdom  Alexander Sims 
BMW M6 GTLM 334 14 laps
13 GTLM 911 france  Patrick Pilet 
france  Frédéric Makowiecki 
germany  Dirk Werner 
Porsche 911 RSR 334 14 laps
14 GTLM 912 austria  Richard Lietz 
france  Kevin Estre 
belgium  Laurens Vanthoor 
Porsche 911 RSR 332 16 laps
15 PC 26 colombia  Gustavo Yacaman 
united_states  Colin Thompson 
united_states  Marc Drumwright 
united_states  Chapman Ducote 
ORECA FLM09 328 20 laps
16 GTD 33 netherlands  Jeroen Bleekemolen 
united_states  Ben Keating 
germany  Mario Farnbacher 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 325 23 laps
17 GTD 63 italy  Matteo Cressoni 
denmark  Christina Nielsen 
italy  Alessandro Balzan 
Ferrari 488 GT3 324 24 laps
18 GTD 75 united_states  Boris Said 
australia  Kenny Habul 
france  Tristan Vautier 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 324 24 laps
19 GTD 29 united_states  Connor de Phillippi 
france  Jules Gounon 
germany  Christopher Mies 
Audi R8 LMS GT3 324 24 laps
20 GTD 48 south_africa  Dion von Moltke 
united_states  Bryan Sellers 
united_states  Madison Snow 
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 324 24 laps
21 GTD 73 germany  Jörg Bergmeister 
united_states  Patrick Lindsey 
united_states  Matt McMurry 
Porsche 911 GT3 R 324 24 laps
22 GTD 57 united_states  Lawson Aschenbach 
united_states  Andrew Davis 
united_states  Matt Bell 
Audi R8 LMS GT3 324 24 laps
23 GTD 86 united_states  Jeff Segal 
brazil  Oswaldo Negri Jr. 
united_states  Tom Dyer 
Acura NSX GT3 324 24 laps
24 GTD 11 italy  Richard Antinucci 
switzerland  Rolf Ineichen 
italy  Mirko Bortolotti 
germany  Christian Engelhart 
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 323 25 laps
25 GTD 28 denmark  Michael Christensen 
canada  Daniel Morad 
united_states  Spencer Pumpelly 
united_states  Michael de Quesada 
Porsche 911 GT3 R 323 25 laps
26 GTD 16 united_states  Brett Sandberg 
united_states  Corey Lewis 
netherlands  Jeroen Mul 
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 322 26 laps
27 GTD 46 france  Emmanuel Collard 
italy  Fabio Babini 
italy  Emanuele Busnelli 
italy  Michele Beretta 
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 322 26 laps
28 GTD 15 united_states  Austin Cindric 
united_kingdom  Jack Hawksworth 
united_states  Robert Alon 
Lexus RCF GT3 320 28 laps
29 P 55 united_states  Spencer Pigot 
united_states  Jonathan Bomarito 
united_states  Tristan Nunez 
Mazda DPi 319 29 laps
30 GTD 93 united_states  Andy Lally 
united_kingdom  Katherine Legge 
canada  Mark Wilkins 
Acura NSX GT3 318 30 laps
31 GTD 23 united_states  Townsend Bell 
united_states  Frankie Montecalvo 
united_states  Bill Sweedler 
Audi R8 LMS GT3 309 39 laps
32 PC 20 united_states  Don Yount 
united_states  Buddy Rice 
canada  Daniel Burkett 
ORECA FLM09 302 46 laps
33 GTD 54 sweden  Niclas Jönsson 
united_states  Jon Bennett 
united_states  Colin Braun 
Porsche 911 GT3 R 283 65 laps
34 GTD 18 united_states  Brandon Gdovic 
united_states  Anthony Massari 
canada  Emmanuel Anassis 
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 282 66 laps
35 GTD 14 united_states  Scott Pruett 
united_kingdom  Ian James 
united_states  Sage Karam 
Lexus RCF GT3 269 79 laps
36 GTD 27 italy  Paolo Ruberti 
united_states  Lawrence DeGeorge 
monaco  Cedric Sbirrazzuoli 
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 255 93 laps
37 P 90 germany  René Rast 
belgium  Marc Goossens 
netherlands  Renger van der Zande 
Multimatic/Riley 241 107 laps
38 GTD 96 united_states  Justin Marks 
germany  Jens Klingmann 
finland  Jesse Krohn 
BMW M6 GT3 228 120 laps
39 P 52 united_kingdom  Tom Kimber-Smith 
mexico  Jose Gutierrez 
united_states  Mike Guasch 
Ligier 205 143 laps
40 P 70 united_states  Tom Long 
united_states  Joel Miller 
united_kingdom  Marino Franchitti 
Mazda DPi 180 168 laps
41 P 13 germany  Nick Heidfeld 
switzerland  Sébastien Buemi 
switzerland  Neel Jani 
ORECA 167 181 laps
42 P 22 brazil  Bruno Senna 
new_zealand  Brendon Hartley 
united_states  Ed Brown 
united_states  Johannes van Overbeek
Nissan DPi 158 190 laps
43 GTLM 24 united_states  John Edwards 
netherlands  Nicky Catsburg 
germany  Martin Tomczyk 
BMW M6 GTLM 149 199 laps
44 GTD 50 united_states  Cooper MacNeil 
united_states  Gunnar Jeannette 
new_zealand  Shane van Gisbergen 
Mercedes-AMG GT3 132 216 laps
45 P 2 brazil  Pipo Derani 
united_states  Scott Sharp 
united_kingdom  Ryan Dalziel 
Nissan DPi 47 301 laps
46 GTLM 4 switzerland  Marcel Fassler 
united_kingdom  Oliver Gavin 
united_states  Tommy Milner 
Corvette C7.R 42 306 laps
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