Tudor USCC: 12 Hours of Sebring practice report
The first day of official United SportsCar track action at the 12 Hours of Sebring brought mixed fortunes for the Porsche North America Racing team and its pair of 2014 911 RSRs.
Thursday’s morning practice session saw the Daytona-winning #911 entry of Nick Tandy, Richard Lietz, and Patrick Pilet complete just four laps of the punishing 3.72-mile Sebring circuit.
During it’s fleeting appearance on track, Pilet could only set a lap time of 2m01.517s, as the car that currently leads the Tudor USCC standings spent much of the session in the paddock.
The sister #912 entry of Patrick Long, Michael Christensen, and Jörg Bergmeister faired better, lapping in 2m00.502s. However, this was over a second slower than the lead Risi Competizione Ferrari (the only car to break the 2m00s barrier).
Better was to come in the afternoon, as the #912 Porsche North America Racing car topped the GTLM timesheets, 0.060s ahead of the lead Corvette Racing entry. The Tandy/Lietz/Pilet machine was able to complete 15 laps in second practice, with a best time of 2m01.605s placing them seventh.
Team Falken put in a solid performance across the two sessions, setting a best time of 2m00.412s in the morning (good enough for fifth) before lapping in 2m00.729s later in day, good enough for fourth in the afternoon session.
Qualifying for the GTLM class takes place at 4:30pm ET (8:30pm GMT) with all the teams getting just 15 minutes to decide the grid for Saturday’s 12-hour battle.