Sebring 2007: Third Day Part 1

Michael Wales

Recovered from the mess that Thursday's storm left behind. A thunderstorm moved into Sebring very quickly and has some very gusty winds with it. Within just a few minutes literally hundreds of RV awnings were destoyed (including some severe damage to our own). A couple of crew members in the paddock were also injured trying to save their awning over one of the race cars.

Friday was real nice in the morning, then was real stormy in the middle of the day with most of the racing and practice delayed or cancelled. Then it cleared up some for the Speed TV World Challenge GT race.

In the morning SVRA race I got some pictures. The GT1 Corvette was again the fastest car out on the circuit. The EOS Cannon Oldsmobile stock car was also very quick and sounded great. The 90s Camaro that tried to qualify for the Speed TV WC GT race was also competing in the historic race.

After the SVRA race, and before the ALMS practice I got some pictures of the new Audi R8 sports car making a pace lap.

I was now in turn 5 to take some pictures of the ALMS cars. The Corvette didn't participate in this practice session and instead spent the time preparing the car for tomorrows race. I got some great pics of the #62 Risi Ferrari totally overcooking turn 3 and running wide. The Risi guys really seemed to be pushing their car to the limit (and several times over the limit).

The Speed TV World Challenge Touring Car race was up next. Altenburg and Pobst pretty much ran away with the race in their blue Mazdas. Kleinubing got close at one time, but the Mazdas were again able to pull away. Their were some good races farther back with Espenlaub who broke his suspension during practice climing back up through the field. The Audi AWD cars are pretty fun to watch because they really throw the cars through the turns and spend lots of times sideways.

--- Article last updated: March 16, 2007 ---