So, you’re a fan of motorsports. You know all the ins and outs of many of the racing series. You know the drivers, you know the tracks, and you know the sport like the back of your hand. You know a more about IndyCar than the average fan. You even know a little about the American Le Mans Series and learning GRAND-AM in the meantime. You’ve heard about Formula 1 and their ’styled by technology’ cars. You’ve probably also heard about all the formalities, politics, and bureaucratic nonsense that is sometimes associated with F1. If you can get past that nonsense, you’ve got some of the best racing on the planet.
It’s race day from Sebring International Raceway for the 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and we’re excited to kick off the ALMS/WEC season with our live coverage from the track.
If you are in the U.S., you’ll be able to watch on the big screen with the ESPN3 app on your Xbox360, or online with your computer starting at 10:30am EDT. The same stream with a lower quality will also be available on Americanlemans.com (apparently ONLY if you are not in the U.S.) and FIAWEC.com. Audi.tv will be providing live feeds and telemetry from the 3 Audi R18 TDIs during the race. Radio LeMans will also be providing flag to flag coverage with their fantastic streaming audio commentary. Live timing for the race is available at scoring.alms.com.
For those of you who wish to complement your TV/Radio coverage with some additional information, we’ve put together some of the key twitter feeds covering the race, including several of the race teams and media outlets who will be doing flag to flag coverage. Of course, the Speed:Sport:Life team of Nick Salvatore and Zerin Dube will also be tweeting the entire 12 Hours of Sebring as well as some photography from the track throughout the day from Andrew Trahan. Follow us on twitter at @speedsportlife.
To help you get started for the race, the full grid and their qualifying times can be found here, and make sure you’ve downloaded the Sebring Spotters Guides from Andy Blackmore here.
There will be 64 cars starting the race, so find your favorites and follow along with us. The Cover It Live application below allows for an interactive experience, so feel free to drop us any questions or comments in the text box provided. Enjoy!
Porsche today announced the new 911 GT3 RSR for the 2012 Race season. The 911 GT3 RSR is Porsche Motorsport’s top model of customer race vehicles and heads into the 2012 season with some fairly significant changes. Width has been increased by 48mm and has been built to conform with the new A.C.O. “LM” GTE regulations.
The new 911 GT3 RSR is powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine which produces 460 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. The rear wheels have been widened to 310mm and the diameter of the front wheels has been increased by 30mm to 680mm.
The nose and rear panels have been adapted to the updated flared front and rear wheel arches that put more emphasis on aerodynamics. The air intake system has been updated as well with openings in the rear side sections rather than the scoop on the engine hood as found on the outgoing model.
The new 911 GT3 RSR is compliant with Le Mans 24 Hours, FIA World Endurance Championship, Le Mans Series, American Le Mans Series as well as the International GT Open rule books.
The new 911 GT3 RSR will be delivered to customers starting in January 2012 with a selling price of 498,000 euro. Falken racing has already announced they will be taking delivery of the new 911 GT3 RSR and we expect that Flying Lizard and the other big GT teams currently running 911 GT3 RSRs will follow suit. Look for the U.S. debut of the new 911 GT3 RSR at Winter Testing sessions at Sebring with the race debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring to be held on March 17, 2012.
The grid has been set for tomorrow’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with two Audi R18 TDIs occupying the front row. The #2 Audi R18 TDI (Tréluyer / Lotterer / Fassler) sits on pole position with a time of 3:25.738 set by Benoit Tréluyer in the last minutes of the final qualifying session. Next to them in P2 is the #1 Audi R18 TDI (Bernhard / Dumas / Rockenfeller) with a time of 3:25.799.
The Peugeot Sport 908s had a strong showing as well and sit just behind the leading Audis with the #9 Team Peugeot Total 908 ( Bourdais / Pagenaud / Lamy) in P3 with a 3:26.010 and the #8 Peugeot Sport Total 908 ( Sarrazin / Montagny/ Minassian ) in P4 with a 3:26.156. The #3 Audi R18 TDI (Kristensen / Capello / McNish) and #7 Peugeot 908 (Davidson / Gene / Wurz) round out the 3rd row. Only a mere .534 second separate the P1 and the P6 qualifying times.