RE: Sebring 12-hour - the privateer view

RE: Sebring 12-hour - the privateer view

Friday 15th March 2013

Sebring 12-hour - the privateer view (UPDATE)

Updated insider's view on the Sebring 12-hour from the boys at Axis Of Oversteer



Away from the pomp and circumstance of F1 and its opening weekend fans of 'proper' racing may want to turn their attention to a bumpy old airfield in Florida and the opening race of the ALMS calendar - the Sebring 12-hour. Amid the merger of Grand-Am and ALMS into the new United SportsCar Racing championship this will be the last time LMP1 cars run at Sebring, making this traditional pre-Le Mans event a poignant occasion.

Last outing for LMP1 Audis but out in style
Last outing for LMP1 Audis but out in style
Le Mans might be a few months off yet but Sebring has traditionally been considered a show of form for the big boys and, as such, it probably won't surprise you to hear that Audi has locked down the front of the grid with Autosport reporting Marcel Fassler in a 2012-spec R18 E-Tron pipping four-time winner Allan McNish in the 2013 car by nine thousandths of a second. Tight then!

PH interest is, however, focused further back on the grid. Quite a bit further back in the GT Challenge class for 911 GT3 Cup cars and #31 car in the colours of our friends AxisOfOversteer, run by NGT Motorsport and driven by Carlos 'CG' Gomez, Kuba Giermaziak and Mario Farnbacher. We'll be hearing the inside line on the experiences of a privateer team in the midst of an international endurance race after the dust settles from the main event itself. In the meantime you can read about the adventures of the Axis Porsche in qualifying here. And for the bigger picture and background to the team's entry check out the Team Axis feed.

Good luck boys - see you on the other side!

[Lead pic: Jim Hunter, sources: Autosport, AxisOfOversteer, Sebring| Raceway]



UPDATE: AXIS' AC ON THE NIGHT BEFORE THE BIG DAY...
Qualifying was a trip, so many awesome drivers. I guess Porsche not supporting GT class and this being the final 12-hour under the ALMS flag really made this the deepest GTC field ever. Two drivers, Bleekemolen and Edwards, actually qualified with the same exact time down to the 1/1000th of a second. Pace on the Axis car is actually better than the P10 starting position would suggest, Kuba was within a 10th of Sean Edwards' time but Sebring is tricky and he ended up maybe overdriving on the lap when the tires were best. For the race though the pace is there.

Stints will be about 60-65 minutes of green laps. Tires last about one and a half stints so the plan is to change them when gassing up. Single stints for the drivers since it takes 25 secs for a driver change and about 35 for fuel and tires.

Start is Saturday at 1045h ET (four hours behind GMT so 1445h here). Race will stream live (for countries outside the US) on ALMS.com.

[Pic: Andres Bermudez]

 

 

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fatboy18

Original Poster:

16,027 posts

151 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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Cant wait to see some proper racing, I will however be supporting a different race team wink


shout Come on Team SRT bounce

Irish

3,991 posts

179 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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Bucket list!

y2blade

56,027 posts

155 months

Friday 15th March 2013
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I'll be watching too...along with the Daytona 200

Axis

16 posts

156 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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fatboy18 said:
Cant wait to see some proper racing, I will however be supporting a different race team wink


shout Come on Team SRT bounce
You can cheer both, different classes! smile

chilled901

387 posts

117 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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Team Corvette!!!! Take no prisoners!
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Hoofty

266 posts

130 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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Really looking forward to this, as ever. Fingers crossed the ALMS stream is up to scratch!

May not stay up until 3am or so for the finish though - bit of a lightweight these days.

y2blade

56,027 posts

155 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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Are we all sitting comfortably?

urquattro

755 posts

126 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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Yup, makes sky worthwile in my view, great the usa racing series, all of them although different flavours.

Craiglamuffin

341 posts

120 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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It's also streaming live for free on the ALMS site:

http://www.alms.com/camera/television-broadcast

That new Viper's pretty good!

sisu

435 posts

113 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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McNish having problems with backmarkers, once with a Corvette, another with a P2 car. Getting a stop&go 1 min penalty. Hey at least he has the last laps to crash into a Ferrari 458.....

sisu

435 posts

113 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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Craiglamuffin said:
It's also streaming live for free on the ALMS site:

http://www.alms.com/camera/television-broadcast

That new Viper's pretty good!
Loving the wheels on this 458 Ferrari

Edited by sisu on Saturday 16th March 18:40

The Game

2,324 posts

121 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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Craiglamuffin said:
It's also streaming live for free on the ALMS site:

http://www.alms.com/camera/television-broadcast

That new Viper's pretty good!
It'll be live on MotorsTV from 7pm until the finish at 2:45am smile

And yes the Viper's looking good, currently 1st in class

Craiglamuffin

341 posts

120 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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Yeah those wheels are lovely and deep. Looks great. I also love the Aston with the 2 lamps close together in the grill.

Axis

16 posts

156 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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UDDATE:

7 hours and some to go, we are sitting in P2 in class, chasing a VERY fast Jeroen Bleekemolen.


The Game

2,324 posts

121 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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Class leader clap

Axis

16 posts

156 months

Saturday 16th March 2013
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Pit stops.... It was fun being in front, let's see how it shakes out after this stint I have no fingernails left

fatboy18

Original Poster:

16,027 posts

151 months

Sunday 17th March 2013
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Bloody electrics frown

The Game

2,324 posts

121 months

Sunday 17th March 2013
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Indeed, from 1st in class to 10th because of a rear light cluster frown

Axis

16 posts

156 months

Sunday 17th March 2013
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Gutted... Guys gave it hell of a run though

Axis

16 posts

156 months

Sunday 17th March 2013
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Sebring Wrap


http://blog.axisofoversteer.com/2013/03/sebring-12...

the #31 Axis GT3 after 12 hours of gas....err, petrol, sweat and tears!

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