Turn #17 at Sebring

From David Kelly:  We’ve talked about how challenging Turn #17 at Sebring is, especially as you exit very close to the wall onto the front straight.  Here are a couple of animations (still photos in sequence) from the 2015 “12 Hours of Sebring” Race that show just how close the cars come to the outside barrier before having to make a hard swing to the right to get inside the edge of the wall to avoid a crash.

In the first one, focus on the #22 Weather Tech. GT3 RSR as it navigates the runout onto the front straight.  It takes that line all through the race!

In the second one, see the #3 Corvette, the Porsche Factory #912 RSR, and the #62 Ferrari 458 go through on the same line, followed by the #25 BMW and the #17 Falcon Tire Porsche RSR.  They do it time after time for the duration of the race.

The third one is more of the same; “close-to-the-wall” driving for 12 hours straight.

You may not be able to view these for very long, but I thought seeing how the drivers get through there might be meaningful.

Weather Tech. Porsche RSR Exiting Turn #17 at Sebring

Factory Porsche #912 RSR Exiting Turn #17 at Sebring

Green Flag Start as GTLM Cars Exit Turn #17 at Sebring

I should mention that if you click on the small “star-looking” icon at the top right of the animations, you will see them in full screen mode.  You will find that a lot better viewing than the small window.


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