LMP1: Luhr/Graf with a perfect race
Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park GP 6 laps ahead of the Dyson Racing Lola Mazda from Tony Burgess and Chris McMurry, who were driving this car for the first time under race conditions.
The Delta Wing however from Andy Meyrick and Katherine Legge was on a surprising P2 on the starting grid.
The car was staying there in the first half an hour of the race but then electrical problems stopped the experimantel car and they had to retire.
So Luhr/Graf were having a perfect race, with no competition at all.
LMP2, LMPC: Cracking battles in both classes
In LMP2, the two Level 5 HPD’s battled with the ESM HPD from Cosmo/Sharp for the first three postions through the whole race.
Cosmo and Conway were battling 45 minutes long for the lead until their first pitstop.
After the driver changes were done by ESM and Level 5, Franchitti passed his teammate Tucker at the end of the race.
Sharp also passed Tucker for 2nd and then closed the gap to Franchitti to 2 seconds at the last lap.
Franchitti/Tucker won in LMP2 and they’re leading the championship standings.
In LMPC, it looked like a win from RSR Racing until they made their last pitstop, were they had problems with the starter and had to retire.
So Colin Braun and CORE Autosport won in PC.
Van der Zande and Marcelli were battling for 2nd until the last lap, Van der Zande was 2nd then, Marcelli 3rd.
GT,GTC: Vette vs. Viper, Top 3 battle in GTC
The SRT Viper from Wittmer/Bomarito was on a fantastic pole and lead the race in GT, but then they became a penalty for speeding in the pitlane and finished 3rd.
The teammates however Farnbacher/Gossens were hunting down the #3 Corvette from Gavin/Milner for the win of the race.
Farnbacher then had a cracking battle with Milner in the last 20 minutes and it nearly became a photo finish.
Milner won the first race for Corvette in the 2013 ALMS season since the Sebring 12h.
SRT Motorsports got a 2nd and 3rd, what is the best result for the Viper since it’s return in GT compettion at Mid-Ohio last year.
In GTC, Pumpelly was chasing Edwards for 2nd in class.
Then Edwards got spun by the Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT from Bryan Sellers, who got a 30 seconds stop & go penalty for that.
Pumpelly then got 2nd and tried to overtake the leading AJR Porsche from Bleekemolen at the last lap, but Bleekemolen hold on and won in GTC.
The next round of the American Le Mans Series is on the 11th of August at Road America.
Treyuler/Fässler/Jarvis won the 61st Sebring 12 hour. It was the first win of an Hybrid car in ALMS history.
The 2nd car McNish/Di Grassi/Kristensen were only 7.679 seconds behind the winners of the race.
The Audi drivers had a real lead battle through the 12 hours. Jarvis made contact with McNish in hour 5 for the lead.
Also Di Grassi and Treyuler were battling for the lead later. McNish/Di Grassi/Kristensen had a real chance for the win.
But McNish made contact with a LMPC car and got a Stop&Go Penalty for avoidable contact, so they lost time there.
Rebillion Lola winning they first ALMS race in 2013
Jani/Heidfeld/Prost were driving on the podium and won in the ALMS classification ahead of HPD-Pikket with Graf/Luhr/Dumas.
The Pikket trio had two Stop&Go Penalties.
One of the penalties happend were Klaus Graf was trying to close the gap between him and the Rebellion Trio, than he made contact with the leading LMPC car and damaged his HPD.
5th was the 2nd Rebellion with Beche/C.Cheng/Belecchi.
The Dyson-Mazda retired after an electrionic failure and the revolutionary Delta Wing retired after some few laps due a burning engine failure what was very disappointing.
Level 5 with dominant LMP2 win
Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe made a double win with Hunter-Reay/Pagenaud/Tucker ahead of the Zytek-Nissan from Greaves with Kimber-Smith/Lux/Zugel.
The two ESM Racing HPD cars had some mechanical issues so both of the cars rerired. But considering the small field in LMP2, there was some action going on there.
Scott Sharp from ESM and Pagenaud from Level 5 made contact into Turn 1 after the first restart
Ed Brown in the 2nd ESM HPD spun his car three times overall because of the lack of grip.
I think the ESM guys aren’t used to this car, because they actually drive the Ferrari 458 Italia in GT and this is a completley different car to drive.
PR1 Motorsports won in the LMPC class.
Again dramatic battle in GT
After a three way lead battle between Ferrari, BMW and SRT, Corvette won the Sebring 12h with Gavin/Milner/Westbrook.
In the last 13 minutes the Risi Competizone Ferrari 458 Italia was leading the race, but a mistake from Malucelli dropped them back to 2nd position ahead of the Falken-Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
The brand new BMW Z4 GTE made a solid debut with 4th position in class, but the car is lacking topspeed.
The revised SRT-Viper GTS-R was with german driver Dominik Farnbacher in the lead for a short while, but their teammates were ending the race in 5th positon.
Aston Martin couldn’t challenge for the win and were very slow, they have to work on their V12 Vantage if they want to be competitive in the WEC, ALMS and Le Mans.
Alex Job Racing, switching from Lotus to Ferrari had an huge crash in hour 8 in the fast right hander Turn 13.
But driver Kendall was ok.
In GTC Bleekemolen/MacNeil/von Moltke (AJR) won in their class.
The next round of the American Le Mans Series is on the 19th-20th April at the Long Beach GP.
Result of the 61st Sebring 12 hour fueled by Fresh from Florida:
The last season of the ALMS in 2013.
For the last time we’re seeing the LMP1 prototypes in North America endurance racing.
The ALMS and the Grand Am will merger next season to the USCR.
So this year is a very special year for North American Motorsport.
So everyone from every class is wants to win the championship in their class.
Pikket vs. Dyson vs. Rebillion vs. Delta Wing in LMP1 and ESM vs. Level 5 in LMP2.
The LMPC will be close again and the GTE will be though as ever.
SRT, Corvette, Porsche, BMW, Aston Martin and Ferrari are battling for the last ALMS GTE title.
The calender stays the same as last years, with the classic season opener in Sebring, than with classy racing tracks like Mazda Laguna Seca, Road America or Lime Rock and of course for the big season finale at Road Atlanta- The Petit Le Mans.
Some memorable moments from the ALMS history:
2013 Race calender
Sebring 12h (11-16th March)
Long Beach (with Indycar) (19-20th April)
Mazda Laguna Seca (9-11th May)
Lime Rock (5-6th July)
Mosport (19-21st July)
Road America (9-11 August)
Baltimore (with Indycar) (30-31st August)
Circuit of the Americas (with WEC) (19-21st September)
VIR (3-5th October)
Petit Le Mans (16-19th October)
Sebring 12h Preview
The 61st Sebring 12h wil be the last that has been held of the American Le Mans Series.
The ALMS is helding this endurance race since 1999.
So overall 42 cars are coming to one of the biggest endurance race in the world, but without the field of the WEC though.
I will now show who are the favourites to win this race.
Audi has the biggest chances to win the race.
They won this race from 2000-2008 and 2012.
Audi revised their R18 for 2013, especially in the aerodynamics.
Audi will use two R18 for Sebring, driven by Fassler/Treluyer/Jarvis and the 2nd car by di Grassi/Kristensen/McNish.
Rebillion are the best privatiers in the LMP1 class.
This Lola B12/60 has an reliable Toyota engine, so it shouln’t be a problem to claim the 12 hours.
But Rebillion is 2 seconds off the pace, set by Audi so i can’t see a realistic chance for a pole, but for win?
Maybe, if McNish is driving his R18 against the tire barrier like he did in FP1 or of course a technical failure.
The Rebillion-Lotus-Lola-Toyota will be driven by Beche/Cheng/Belicchi and Prost/Heidfeld/Jani.
Pikket won the ALMS title last year, so they know how to win races especially the Sebring 12h.
I don’t think that Dyson as an chance to beat them, see last season.
The HPD ARX-03c is way faster.
This car will driven by Graf/Luhr/Dumas
Start list of the 61st Sebring 12 hour:
Fassler/Treluyer/Jarvis Audi R18 e-tron quattro
di Grassi/Kristensen/McNish Audi R18 e-tron quattro
Graf/Luhr/Dumas HPD ARX-03c
Prost/Heidfeld/Jani Lola B12/60
Beche/Cheng/Belicchi Lola B12/60
Dyson/Smith/Leitzinger Lola B12/60
Meyrick/Pla Delta Wing LM12
Tucker/Hunter-Reay/Pagenaud HPD ARX-03b
Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe HPD ARX-03b
Kimber-Smith/Zugel/Lux Zytek Z11SN
Brown/van Overbeek/Lazzaro HPD ARX-03b
Bennett/Braun/Wilkins ORECA FLM09
Marcelli/Cumming/Johansson ORECA FLM09
Drissi/Mitchell/Ducote ORECA FLM09
Nunez/Shears/Heinemeier Hansson ORECA FLM09
Junqueira/Popow/Ende ORECA FLM09
Schultis/Simon/Kaffer ORECA FLM09
Cheng/Guasch/Ostella ORECA FLM09
Bruni/Beretta/Malucelli Ferrari 458 Italia
Turner/Mucke/Senna Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Gavin/Milner/Westbrook Corvette ZR1
Auberlen/Martin/Müller J. BMW Z4
Müller D./Hand/Edwards BMW Z4
Henzler/Sellers/Tandy Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor Corvette ZR1
Dalziel/Farnbacher/Goossens SRT Viper GTS-R
Bomarito/Kendall/Wittmer SRT Viper GTS-R
Miller/Holzer/Lietz Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
Sweedler/Bell/Keen Ferrari 458 Italia
Dalla Lana/Johnson/Lamy Aston Martin V12 Vantage
GTC (IMSA GTC Cup Challenge):
MacNeil/Bleekemolen/von Moltke Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Sebring International Raceway:
Length: 3.74 miles (6.02 km)
Lap Record: 1:43.274 (Sebastian Bourdais, Peugoet 908 HDI FAP 2009)
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