• Mar 19, 2007
At last! The final lap of the 12 Hours of Sebring has been posted on YouTube (thanks to commenter Devin Sylvester for sending the link). If you read our recap over the weekend, you already have an idea of how it went down. Now you can follow the jump to watch the unbelievably exciting last-lap GT2 showdown between Flying Lizard's Jorg Bergmeister, driving one of the team's new Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs, and Risi Competizione's Jaime Melo in his team's Ferrari 430GT. The video starts as the final lap begins, with Bergmeister trailing Melo byjust half a second after twelve full hours of racing. Both cars were equipped with on-board cameras, so the coverage is simply fantastic. We can watch this all day and never get bored.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, P1 and GT1 are not at all competitive right now.

      Both are suffering from one team dominating too much/too long.

      However, they did make the gas tank smaller in the R10s this year. Its a start. Unlike displacementreplacement, I would say the next step will be to reduce the restrictor and/or reduce the boost, like happened to the R8.

      The total power produced by a car is determined by the amount of air it can gulp, and the R10 restrictor has a >50% larger cross-section than the R8 one (even before the new A/C rules). They're just going to have to make the restrictor smaller and then, because that will reduce fuel consumption, reduce the size of the fuel tank again (it still has over 10% more energy than a gasoline tank in a P1 car).

      Alternately, they could mess with the boost, but I think that would be pretty hard on the R10, Diesels rely on a lot of boost to make power.

      P2 looks great this year (for the first time in years), and the fact that a Porsche and Ferrari could be within a car length after 12 hours says to me that GT2 holds some good competition for us this year too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #11, i totally agree with you. audi built the best out there, and simply because other's can't keep up, they're limiting them?

      this isn't nascar, this is to enhance the trickle down effect of advancements in cars. how is that going to happen if the best are limited and the others simply try to match a limited champion?
      • 7 Years Ago
      bumpedy bump bump
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, that some of the most exciting racing I have seen... mind you, I don't watch a lot of racing. But that was awesome!
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a long time follower of the series, I have to admit it's gotten pretty boring. Audi has not really been challenged in the past few years. They've pretty much been racing against themselves. Any challengers that has come close in terms of speed are forced to play catch-up in terms of development and reliability. Giving credit to the sanctioning body and challengers, things are starting to get harder and harder for the boys from Ingolstadt.

      GT1 is extremely boring since the exit of the Oreca Vipers. It got exciting again from time to time but the challengers just don't have the staying power to match the GM backed team. It's a shame Ford doesn't have the balls to enter their GT in this category. They set a pretty low mark for their halo car (beating the already outdated F360 on the street) and called it good. So much for "Bold moves". Another usesless corporate management slogan... appearing to do something while doing nothing (and get paid a lot for it). Classic american management style.

      GT2 used to be really exciting with the M3 GTR, but due to the whining and crying of Porschephiles, that car was banned from competition. True, BMW cheated the rules a bit, but Porsche could've stepped up to the challenge and built a car to match instead of being a cry-baby about it.

      Glad to see the F430 take the win, a dirty one at that... still good action that's been long missing nontheless.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Audi is building R10s because they want to sell more diesel cars, their competition are building cars so that they can race them. Adui and GM's pockets are way too deep for privateers to compete with. I wish Toyota woulds spend some of that money that they are pissing away in F1 on ALMS and LeMans.

      I'd like to go on record saying that the only Ferraris that I ever rooted against, were the ones that Michael Schumacher drove. Great win for them.

      Yes, Ford was chicken-shit to build the GTs in honor of the legendary GT-40 race cars, and never let them turn a lap in anger. CLUCK! CLUCK!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      NASCAR can suck it; this is real racing!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whoa! Holy NASCAR!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Of course no comments on the fantastic races in P2 and GT2 in which both "non-favorites" won." --- Manolo

      What do you think this article which you are commenting to is about? Could it be.... wait for it.... GT2??
      • 7 Years Ago
      ALMS is by far the greatest racing in the US. Where else can you get really up close and personal with the cars, drivers, pit crews, etc.. Not to mention the melodious sounds these engines make (or lack there of in the Audi's case...sounds more like a passing vacuum cleaner than a car). Also, I recorded the who race and went home for lunch to watch the end...all I can say is fantastic! I know Jorg is pissed but it only adds to the excitement of the next race!

      All I can really say is, if you think ALMS is boring, plop down the cash and go to a race...it really is ALOT of fun!
      • 7 Years Ago
      damn that was actually exciting, and normally i think racing is boring
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really like ALMS. Yeah, I don't sit and watch the whole thing, just the first while and about the last two hours. But that's not the best part of the show.

      The supporting Speed World Challenge series races are some of the best racing I've ever seen, both touring and GT. Never seen a dull one. It's worth the price of a weekend ticket just to go the day before the ALMS kicks off.
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