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Mobil 12 Hours of Sebring: The Race That Was Pt. 3

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On: Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 10:04AM | By: John Welch

Mobil 12 Hours of Sebring: The Race That Was Pt. 3

Ahhh, the third and final installment of the AutoShopper Blog's Sebring coverage. My ass and legs are still a little sore, and my ears are still ringing, but I am happy as a clam to be bringing you another gallery and a another movie of the action. I am, of course, so thrilled, because now that I'm done gushing over Sebring, I get back to updating internet ads. Yaa-Hoo.

This post rounds out our coverage of Sebring; there are several videos and images to pore over. GT car-centric as I am I feel like we've been ignoring them. Notes and observations, inside yon post . . .

-The GT class victory was awarded to the Risi Ferrari team for the second year in a row. There have been some awfully exciting finishes to the Sebring 12 Hours involving Risi Competitzione. Here we have the 2007 finish, where by a Ferrari and a Porsche bump heads . . .

And what of those Flying Lizard Porsches? Their day didn't go so well . . .

-Even in Florida on a balmy March day, cold tires caught a few teams out when exiting the pits. Here is the most painful "lawn-mowing" to me, the Rahal/BMW number 92 M3 (the one with red mirrors . . .). Dirk Werner behind the wheel, not recognizing the gelatinous nature of his fresh Dunlops . . .

-The Corvette Racing C6.Rs did not have the Sebring debut they were hoping for, taking each other out of the running near the middle of the race. The television/radio announcers made a point to say that "this is not how Pratt&Miller does business!"; also "The Corvettes have run into each other! That doesn't happen often!" Maybe not often, but it does happen. Here is the incident at Sebring . . .

And here we have Mid-Ohio, 2008, which seems to be oddly familiar . . . "Ohh LAlalala LAH!" :19 seconds in . . .

-Oh to be around and watching sports car racing in the sixties, when there were fewer RVs and more V12s. The Lola Aston-Martin, rear-end loaded with twelve cylinders of British aggression, makes noises that absolutely stir the soul. Toward the end of the race the car became less than healthy, backfiring and missing as it accelerated out of the hairpin. Even in its possibly injured state, the car sounded fantastic.

The Ferarri 430 GT contingent, though not that impressive sounding when bombing down a straight, made the nastiest over-run noises when down shifting more than two gears quickly. Their mesh-paneled asses belching fire and squatting hard under newly found full throttle. Was chariot racing this sweet for the Romans? I doubt it.

On to Long Beach for the American Le Mans Series. Unfortunately the 'Shopper can't get to that one, but we are repacking our tents and socking away beer money now, in preparation for the 2011 Mobil Twelve Hours of Sebring.

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