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12 Hours of Sebring: Preview

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12 Hours of Sebring: Preview

Round Two of the 2018 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will take place on Friday afternoon at the legendary Sebring International Raceway. The venue is steeped in history and rich in character from the notorious bumps of Turn 17 to the infamous fans of Turn 10. Every driver has a story to tell and a moment to treasure from their time at the track. The six Winward/HTP Motorsport drivers range from rookies to seasoned veterans, but all of them have some experience of Sebring’s 3.74 mile, seventeen turn layout.
12_hours_of_sebringWe asked our drivers a number of questions about the track and the event to help give you a greater sense of just why Sebring International Raceway is so special.

Q: What is your favorite part of the track

Indy Dontje, #57 Techemet AMG GT4 –
Turn 1 is a really nice high speed corner with some nice bumps in it which makes it really difficult to keep the car under control.

Bryce Ward, #57 Techemet AMG GT4 –
The Turn 14/15 complex is a great rhythm section and if you get it just right it feels fantastic!
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Russell Ward, #33 Techemet/Engie AMG GT4 –
Turns 17 and 1. They are the most challenging turns on the track and when you get them right, you know you are pulling away from the competition.


Damien Faulkner, #33 Techemet/Engie AMG GT4 –
Turn 1 and the whole turn 3-5 complex. You have the challenge and sheer brutality of T1 quickly blended with a fragment of finesse through 3, 4 and 5.

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Craig Lyons, #3 Stor-It AMG GT4 –
The Front Straightaway. You’re done getting beat up in T17 and you have a moment to relax before puckering up for one. Otherwise. Bishops Bend and the esses into the Carousel are fun sections.

Kris Wilson, #3 Stor-It AMG GT4 –
Turns 17 and 1. They are the original turns that have always been there. They are bumpy and it bucks the car around like you are riding a bull. Awesome!!


Q: What you love about Sebring

Russell Ward, #33 Techemet/Engie AMG GT4 –
The fans at Sebring are fantastic! Everyone is enjoying themselves and it makes for a great atmosphere.

Damien Faulkner, #33 Techemet/Engie AMG GT4 –
I love Sebring’s purity, it’s rawness. It encompasses many attractive components of racing’s DNA – fast corners, slow technical sections, bumps, surface changes and dare I say it, danger. A complete challenge.
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Indy Dontje, #57 Techemet AMG GT4 –
The high speeds with way too many bumps!

Craig Lyons, #3 Stor-It AMG GT4 –
There is a  lot of history here, it always feels good to come to a place like that!

Kris Wilson, #3 Stor-It AMG GT4 –
The history behind it. It is such an old school track.

Q: Your Best Sebring Memory

Craig Lyons, #3 Stor-It AMG GT4 –
Pulling off a perfect “Danny Sullivan” in Turn one and driving straight right out of it.

Kris Wilson, #3 Stor-It AMG GT4 –
Winning! I won in the 12 hour Firestone Firehawk race here.

Russell Ward, #33 Techemet/Engie AMG GT4 –
The fan yelling at me and Damo to take our shirts off during last year’s track walk using a megaphone. He also yelled other things best left unsaid.

Damien Faulkner, #33 Techemet/Engie AMG GT4 –
Calling home after winning the 12-hour event in 2011 in a GTC Porsche.

All three Winward/HTP Motorsport cars will be back at Sebring for Round Two of the 2018 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120, takes place on Friday, March 16th at Sebring International Raceway. You can follow the action live via IMSA’s live timing and scoring at https://scoring.imsa.com/. You can also get session-by-session updates from the Official Winward Racing Twitter and Instagram accounts at https://twitter.com/WinwardRacing and https://twitter.com/WinwardRacing.