March 15, 2013

Axis Qualifies P10 in Class for the 2013 Twelve Hours Of Sebring

Photo:Jim Hunter

This year the American Le Mans Series GT Challenge class, for Porsche GT3 Cup cars, is stacked with some of the best of the best of Porsche 911 drivers in the world.   Names like  Edwards, Lally, Bleekemolen, Estre, Faulkner, Pumpelly. Maassen.  Aces all.      In this shark pool jumps Team Axis in the number 31 car with our CG,  Carlos Gomez along with pros Kuba Giermaziak and Mario Farnbacher.
The top 9 qualifiers in class were all within 9/10th of a second of each other,  Kuba qualified the Axis car 1.6 seconds off the pace in P10.    

Practice had shown it would have been unrealistic to shoot for a higher position on the grid so the team, run by NGT Racing, decided to concentrate on making the car a comfortable as possible to drive for the grueling 12 hours.    That meant finding a good front-rear balance sacrificing some outright speed for more  even tire wear during the stints.

12 hours on the choppy, brutal concrete of Sebring is like 24 hours of wear and tear on the machines and the men on any other track.  

The objective is to survive the big day tomorrow... better than the other guys!   Go Axis.

Photo: Jamey Price

GTC Qualifying unofficial

  1.  Andy Lally                 Dempsey / Del Piero Racing                2:05.446
  2.  Jeroen Bleekemolen   Weathertech / Alex Job Racing            2:05.747
  3.  Sean Edwards            Momo / NGT                                        2:05.747
  4.  Spencer Pumpelly      Venezuela / Flying Lizards                   2:05.765
  5.  Damien Faulkner        Florida Lottery / TRG                          2:05.910
  6.  Jan Heylen                  Hertz / JDX Racing                             2:05.936
  7.  Alexandre Imperatori  Flying Lizards                                      2:05.059
  8. Andrew Davis             Dempsey- Del Piero Racing                 2:06.219
  9. Kevin Estre         TRG                            2:06.246
  10. Kuba Giermaziak         Axis Of Oversteer / NGT                     2:07.057
  11. Lawson Aschenbach   Competition Motorsports                       2:07.336


  1. Imperatori is quick. I'll tip Flying Liz to take the win this weekend.

  2. 1.6 sec gap to Andy Lally (one of the best in the business) is super impressive for a privateer team. Good work, guys!


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