From David Kelly – Here is a link to photos of the 66th annual running of the “12 Hours of Sebring” on Saturday, March 17, 2018. It was the resurgent Porsche factory team of Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet, and Frederic Makowiecki in the Porsche #911, who took the win in the GTLM Class, with the Porsche #912, driven by Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber, Gimmi Bruni, taking third to gain a place on the podium as well. A great showing for the Porsche Team in the face of very stiff competition from BMW, Ferrari, and Corvette.
This year’s Porscheplatz for Porsche Club members and Porsche owners was outstanding! It was set up and maintained by volunteers who did an excellent job of accommodating everyone who enjoyed the track-side amenities. It was surrounded by a completely full Porsche Corral where almost every model of Porsche could be found.
There were pre-dawn preparations by the race teams in the garages, warm-up laps for the race cars as the sun rose, some Parade laps, the “Fan Walk” with the race cars on display along Pit Road, opening ceremonies with a parachute jump and the national anthem, some WW II flyovers, and fireworks at the start of the race. Some of that is captured in the photos, but not all of it.
If you browse through the photos you will probably find a few which are interesting. The images taken before and during sunrise were the most challenging as you will see. I’ve included even those which are less sharp than normal since they give a truer sense of what conditions were like in the Paddock as the race cars drove to the Grid for their warm-up laps as the sun began to rise in the east. It’s worth mentioning that race cars don’t necessarily drive slowly on the way to the Grid.
It was a great race, with some great PCA hospitality, and a spectacular result for Porsche and Porsche owners. I hope you enjoy the photos.