How Porsche Lost The Twelve Hours Of Sebring
Sometimes Lady Luck Just Doesn't Want To Dance With You
Porsche factory driver Patrick Pilet is an angry young man tonight. He had his 12 hours of Sebring GTLM class victory snatched away from his easy grasp with a punctured tire only thirty minutes from the end of the half-day Floridian endurance race. As Porsche motorsport fans, we're absolutely gutted for him, not to mention his teammates Fred Makowiecki and Dirk Werner who helped him get into contention. If you only look at the finish results and see Porsche finishing thirteenth and fourteenth overall (7th and 8th in class) it doesn't tell the whole story. As they say, 'that's why they run the
With just about an hour to go in the race, a stranded inoperable car caused a full-course caution period that lasted until about the 55-minute mark. During that caution period, the GTLM class leaders pitted for fuel and tires, Patrick Pilet coming in from a very fast second place. That was when the bad luck began. A stuck wheel gun saw the team lose a couple of seconds on pit road which dropped the #911 car to fourth behind Antonio Garcia (Corvette), Joey Hand, and Richard Westbrook (both Ford GTs). With many drivers, the flow of the race would have been interrupted by such horrible luck and they would run out of steam.
Within a few
On the very lap where
Porsche had banked their entire race on the final two hours, which run into the dark. As the track cools off, they are able to run a different setup that allows the car to grip better than the other cars. They saved