After a fiercely competitive iRacing Daytona 24 back in January the Road Warrior Endurance teams took to the track for the first ever iRaicng 12 Hours of Sebring. The race kicked off at 13:00 GMT on Saturday March 28th. At least two drivers had to get behind the wheel during the 12 hour event. For this round iRacing utilized the same class combinations from the Daytona 24. The fastest class was the Prototype category using the HPD ARX-01 P2 car. The GT category gave teams the choice of one of four GT3 cars (also utilized in the new iRacing Blancpain series): the BMW Z4 GT3, Ford GT GT3, McLaren MP4-12 C GT3, and RUF Track.
Despite the race being half as long as Daytona it is not half the challenge of the 24. If anything 12 hours at Sebring equates to over 24 hours on any other track. The track surface has been practically untouched since World War Two. Adding to that is the fact that the untouched surface is constructed from concrete paving slabs which have become extremely bumpy over the decades. Certain formula car drivers might suggest the use of a mouth guard for Turns One and 17 if they wanted to finish the race with their teeth intact. If the bumps don’t catch you out the walls just might jump out and grab you. Unlike Daytona, spins at Sebring typically result in heavy contact with either concrete or some bald tires (then concrete).
Now on to the results from the inaugural iRacing 12 Hours of Sebring. The top split saw the teams with the highest iRatings. Most of the teams were the same from the Daytona 24.
In the prototype category the Radicals Online trio of Anthony Roselli, Roderic Kreunen, and Paul Ilbrink took the overall win. The team completed 383 laps that put them a full two laps ahead of second place. Roselli had the fastest lap of the team with a time of 1:49.613 and the most laps with 144 laps behind the wheel. Kreunen and Ilbrink both completed nearly the same number of laps with 119 to Kreunen and 120 to Ilbrink.
Second place in the HPDs was the number 01 SDC Motorsports I team. Martin Carroll, Graham Carroll, and Michael Cracknell completed their driver lineup. All three drivers were very close on average lap times and fastest lap time. Martin Carroll was the team ironman, logging 212 of the team’s 381 laps completed. The trio finished two laps ahead of the third place team.
The final step on the podium went to the Dayco M-Sport number 147 car. Jake Burton, Sam Sutton, and Kurt Stenburg took the car from seventh on the grid to the podium. Burton (140) and Sutton (146) had the most laps completed on the team while Stenburg was Dayco M-Sport’s “cleanest” driver, incurring only two incident points during his 93 laps on track.
Abbandonati Racing Team took home fourth with Carlo Labati, Marco Gabriele Nesi, and Valerio Pianezza. In fifth was the PETRONAS Racing Team duo of Jan Schwitter and Olli Kowka.
The GT3 class was the largest and most competitive class with 32 cars taking the green flag. After 12 hard fought hours Foracer Coanda Simsport’s number 18 BMW Z4 took the win. The team split the driving duties amongst the four drivers: Klaus Kivekäs, Rens Broekman, Jörn Jens and Markus Lendermann. Kivekäs posted the team’s fastest lap while Broekmann and Lendermann were spotless with zero incident points. Jens ran the longest in the car, completing 90 laps.
Second place in GT3 went to the VirgilRacing GT3 RUF entry of Anders Dahl, Kimi Asumaniemi, and Anthony Seminerio. Dahl was the team’s fastest driver and he completed the most laps with 133 runs across the stripe.
The Inside Sim Racing team claimed the final step on the podium. The trio of Darin Gangi, Bruno do Carmo, and Fabio do Carmo brought their BMW Z4 home with some extra hardware. Buno did the most laps with 144 and claimed the team’s fastest lap.
Fourth place went to team WFC Chassis in their RUF with an eclectic five driver pairing. Lewis Goodway, Bill Brown, Roberto Badinelli, Rob Read, and Massimo Erra piloted the RUF to the top five finish. Rounding-out the top five was the NWSS Moonshine McLaren of Tim Classens, Simo Leppänen, Patrick Bachelard, and Antti Pihlaja.
For the next round of the iRaicng Road Warrior series we pick up the pace with the iRacing Indianapolis 500. Make sure you don’t miss out on “The Greatest Spectacle in Sim Racing.” Log-on and race the weekend of May 29th.