USCC: Corvette and Porsche dominate Sebring testing

From press release

The No. 5 Corvette DP from Action Express Racing continues to build momentum in the early stages of the 2014 season, as Sébastien Bourdais drove the Rolex 24 At Daytona-winning machine to the top of the time chart on Friday for the second consecutive day at the Sebring International Raceway winter test.

The two-day test in preparation for the 12 Hours of Sebring included 42 cars across four classes. The March 15 race is the second round of the United SportsCar Championship (USCC).

“The car was not quite as good as yesterday,” said Bourdais. “We’ve been going through our test program, and seeing how the car responds to changes. It was not perfect today. Traffic was challenging, and the wind was not predictable. It was gusty and quite strong at times, and I went off twice. It looks like our car is strong, but this race is going to be a big challenge.”

Meanwhile, Porsche topped the GT Le Mans (GTLM) charts in all four sessions and the GT Daytona (GTD) charts on Friday at Sebring International Raceway.

Sebring International Raceway United SportsCar Championship Porsche

Photo: IMSA.com

The clean sweep of testing adds to an already successful start to the season for Porsche after Tandy, Lietz and Pilet combined to drive the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR to victory in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.

“We had a clear set of objectives entering the test,” said Owen Hayes, Porsche Motorsport North America director of operations.

“While finding speed is always very nice, our main goal was to test the cars at one of, if not the, most physically demanding race courses in the world. To be able to work through our checklist of items to test without any major issues with either of the Porsche North America 911 RSRs was very encouraging.” 

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