ALMS Sebring 12 Hour Highlights - #30 NGT Porsche + Helicopter!
The NGT Motorsport team entered it's first professional race at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, which is part of the American Le Mans Series championship. Their regular drivers Henrique Cisneros and Carlos Kauffmann were coming off the back of winning the Patron GT3 challenge in 2010. They enlisted Pro driver Sean Edwards to accompany them during the long distance races.
They were consistently fastest throughout the winter test day and most of Sebring week, but two crashed at T17 were to push the team beyond their normal call of duty. They were unable to qualify, but the team pulled an all nighter and had the car ready for the morning warm up, where the car was quickest once again!
The race got underway, with NGT climbing all the way to the lead by hour 1 and holding onto it for most of the next 6 hours. Only for a mistaken wave by and the subsequent penalty which lost them 3 laps, they would have been fighting for the victory. Nevertheless they fought all the way back to 3rd place and never gave up, which was an amazing feat in their first Pro race! They also set the fastest lap of the race on a 2.07.7.
Falken's First 2011 ALMS Porsche Win
Team Falken Tire survived the storm that hit Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 30 minutes before the finish and took top honors in GT class for the first time in the performance tire manufacturer's three-year ALMS career.
Derrick Walker, Falken's ALMS Team Manager, made the comment after previously expressing confidence in Falken's capability at Mid-Ohio, a track he knows very well from years of competing as a manager and owner of IndyCar teams.
Credit also went to Falken's two team drivers, Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler, and his partner, Bryan Sellers, who persevered through the race on a track notoriously tough on tires. Sellers qualified 9th and expressed disappointment with the position, considering Falken has finished in fifth place the last two races. However, Sellers started the race and started moving forward until he was hit from behind by the #04 Ford GT, which dropped the Porsche to 12th. The veteran driver fought hard and turned the car over to his teammate in 10th. Henzler entered the race and gradually moved to 7th place in GT, remaining there for a good portion of the race.
IMSA Patron GT3 Challenge-Sebring 2nd Race
NGT Motorsport Team at the 2010 IMSA Patron GT3 Challenge. 2nd race of the season at the Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring International Raceway. #24 Carlos Eduardo 1st place finish, track record and BBS Pole Award. #26 Henrique Cisneros 2nd place finish. #27 Ludovico Manfredi Yokohama Hard Charger Award. A total of 5 awards in race 2 for NGT. Congratulations to the team for an amazing week!
ALMS 2011 Season Tribute
My highlights video of the 2011 American Le Mans Series season. Nothing fancy, just awesome cars and close racing. Roll on 2012!
12 Hours of Sebring 2011-NGT Motorsport
Ron Atlantico Racing NGT Motorsport GTC #030 in the 2011 59th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring by Fresh Florida. In-car race highlights of our third place finish. Drivers Henrique Cisneros, Carlos Kauffmann and Sean Edwards.
2011 GT2 RS at Laguna Seca: Passing Traffic
Excellence contributor and American Le Mans Series driver Johannes van Overbeek shows how the GT2 RS makes passing slower traffic easy. Prey includes spec-Miatas and a Ferrari 458 Italia, among others.
2012 12 Hours of Sebring Epic Final Laps HD
Fantastic final laps of the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring. What a crazy finish!
P1 --- #2 Audi R18 WEC ------
#3 Audi R18 WEC -------
#16 Pescarolo WEC
P2 --- #44 HPD ARX-03b -------
#055 HPD ARX-03b ALMS --------
PC ALMS --- #06 Oreca FLM09 -------
#52 Oreca FLM09 ----------
#05 Oreca FLM09
GT --- #56 BMW E92 M3 ALMS -----------
#03 Corvette C6 ZR1 ALMS ---------
#71 Ferrari 458 WEC
GTE AM WEC --- #88 Porsche 911 RSR ----------
#70 Corvette C6 ZR1 ----------
#50 Corvette C6 ZR1
GTC ALMS --- #023 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup ---------
#022 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup -----------
#34 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
2011 Ferrari 458 GTC (Spy Shots)
The car introduced a few days ago as the GT2 version of the Ferrari 458 Italia, has been revealed by the company as the Ferrari 458 GTC. Here's a few shots from the car's first shakedown at the Fiorano test track, as it's being prepared to take on Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette and all the other names in different GT series next year.
Jaime Melo, the Brazilian who competed in this year's American Le Mans Series with the Risi Competizione team, is the man responsible for the car's development on track. Official specs of the Ferrari 458 GTC is yet to be revealed, but according to a report due to the mandatory restrictors, the V8engine will be tuned at 470 hp. For different racing series of course, the output would vary.
Other details, as we reported earlier, include Hewland six-speed sequential transmission, 18-inch wheels, and of course a price tag of 480,000 Euro!
Antonello Coletta, head of the Ferrari Corse Clienti Department had this to say about the initial testing of the 458 GTC: "We are pleased with the feedback we have had from the engineers and drivers about the car." Development is in its initial statges and this is just the third test the car has undergone at Fiorano. "Thanks to the good weather these past two day, it has been possible to gather more data than in previous sessions, which were run in snowy and rainy conditions."
The next step? "We will continue development over the winter months, which will culminate in the car's debut in the Sebring 12 Hours, the famous endurance race and the first race in next season's American Le Mans Series."
Engine Explosion Ferrari 458 Petit Le Mans
Engine explosion, glowing brakes, accelerations and so much more from the Tequila Patron Ferrari 458 Italia at the 2011 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Enjoy!
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ESM ready for Sebring Challenge with new Ferraris 458
The first North American appearance of Ferrari's F458 racer at last month's Sebring Winter Test garnered headlines across motorsports. Today we check back with Extreme Speed Motorsports, which is fielding a pair of F458s for the GT class of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
The driver pairings for the 2011 season remain the same as last year - team owner Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek in one car with Guy Cosmo and Ed Brown in the second entry. The second-year team realizes it faces a daunting challenge by bringing a new car on board. But as you can see below, ESM -- which closed 2010 with a runner-up class finish at Petit Le Mans -- remains fearless with the 59th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida approaching.