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2011 12 Hours of Sebring – Click above for image gallery

The 2011 running of the historic 12 Hours of Sebring is officially over, and the results show some old-hat veterans and surprise newcomers on the podium. There was plenty of action to be had across the classes, including some impressive comebacks and debuts.

Click past the jump for a full race recap and the results of the 2011 12 Hours of Sebring.



[Source: American Le Mans Series] 12 Hours of Sebring 2011

Loic Duval took the overall checkered flag and in Team ORECA Matmut's Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, ORECA's first Sebring victory since it swept GT in 2000 in factory-backed Dodge Vipers. Duval held off Highcroft Racing's Simon Pagenaud in his HPD ARX-01e and the factory Peugeot 908 of Frank Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy. The race came down to the final seconds, with all three podium finishers on the lead lap. The second factory-entered Peugeot crashed with the No. 2 Audi R15 Plus, ending both cars' run at the checkered. The second Audi lost its chances with tire trouble.

12 Hours of Sebring 2011

BMW took a 1-2 victory in GT, despite early contact and a spin for its winning M3. The result was the first win at Sebring for BMW since its overall victory in 1999. The lead changed five times in GT, promising an exciting 2011 season in the class. Corvette Racing's Tommy Milner took third behind the BMWs to round out the GT podium.

In LMP2, Playstation-trained driver Lucas Ordonez managed an impressive second in the pole-sitting Signatech Nissan he piloted with Soheil Ayari and Frank Mailleux. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Tucker and Luis Diaz won the class for Level 5 Motorsports in the team's debut. Oak Racing's Pescarolo-Judd ended up third.

12 Hours of Sebring 2011

Krohn Racing easily snagged victory in GTE-Am in its lime-green Ferrari F430, running a perfect, trouble-free race. Proton Competition's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR wound up a distant second to the Ferrari. The Porsche and Ferrari traded the lead for the first 10 hours of the race, until Krohn finally took control with two hours to go and never looked back.

In LMP Challenge, the Genoa Racing ORECA FLM09 of Dane Cameron took the checkered, after starting out front and leading more than 210 laps. In GT Challenge, Black Swan Racing's Porsche 911 GT3 Cup successfully defended its 2010 Class Championship with its first-ever win at Sebring. The GT Challenge race went back and forth between four teams until hour eight, when Black Swan took over and held on.

12 Hours of Sebring 2011

The American LeMans Series will hold its next round April 16 at the Tequila Patron American LeMans Series at Long Beach. Live coverage begins at 4:15 PM Pacific at ESPN3.com. ESPN2 will carry a replay of the race at 5PM Eastern on April 17.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      We get ALL of the hockey games with Center Ice and ALL of last year's NFL games (even games blacked out to local tv when not enough tickets were sold) but just could not get ESPN3.

      Envy you guys who could watch it on the tube and really envious of those who attended the race live!

      With the 2011 - 2012 season of football no longer guaranteed, I will have to see what my cable company can about dumping any NFL package subscription we have and look into something better with coverage for motorsports because the ABC highlight coverage of a 12 hour endurance race was NOT ACCEPTABLE.

      Goodbye cable if dish carries it!

      Ggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr :((

      • 4 Years Ago
      HIGHER RES PICTURES! the gallery pictures would be low res backgrounds for even my phone (Atrix QHD), not to mention my desktop.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me, or were you annoyed watching the race on your laptop and not having it on SPEED or any other channel. Is this the next fall in American road racing after the fall of CART? This country is turning into a JOKE for auto-racing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The commentary was provided by Radio Le Mans (John Hindhaugh), which was very good. I wouldn't have minded having Dorsey Shroeder in there too, because he explains things well at times. But the rest of the crew was not missed.

      It was clear when they were interviewing people in the pits (not often enough, IMHO) that there was also a simultaneous production being made with the usual crew of Shroeder, et al, presumably for the ESPN2 highlights show. Their voices would leak into the broadcast and in fact you heard Lee Diffey call the start of the race due to some bad production.

      John Hindhaugh said Radio Le Mans would not be back next race, so we can expect the usual crew then I guess.

      Despite John Hindhaugh saying how much he liked the HD video, the race was shown in what appeared to be 540p (960x540), not HD. Also, despite the fact that the streams were 16:9 for everyone and there was no need to box to 4:3, they still often wasted huge amounts of the screen when they did inset video, staying in the 4:3 area and filling the rest with useless background graphics. The temporal quality (motion) was good though, I have the NHL streaming video package and it's about 15fps, this is bad for hockey and would be a disaster for auto racing. Thankfully the motion was good on this stream.

      The stream was exactly that, a stream. If you didn't start watching at the beginning (which was impossible, the stream started about 8 minutes late), then you could only pick up where it was, and if you wanted to see the start, you'd have to watch it after the end of the race (it was made available for replay 1hr after conclusion). If you wanted to eat lunch in the middle, you couldn't pause. This was a return to the days of pre-PVR, if you wanted to see the entire race, you had to weld your butt to the seat. Scott Atherton, if you're listening, THIS IS LAME.

      The good news is there were very limited commercial breaks. ESPN apparently didn't insert any of their own ads, so we only got ads for Michelin and G-Oil (series sponsors). This also means ALMS didn't get paid a dime by ESPN for this airing, which is a shame. Hopefully ESPN didn't charge them either (IndyCar pays for airing at times, it's effectively an infomercial). I guess we already knew ALMS wasn't getting a lot of TV cash, but this is a bummer.

      Fix the resolution. Fix the inability to pause and resume later. Also, Hindbaugh a few times said if I had a computer I could see live timing and scoring online. Hey, guess what, I HAVE a computer, I'm watching it to see the race! There's no reason I should have to pull out a 2nd computer or open another page to see live timing and scoring. Just put it onscreen. Stop that constant scroll at the top and let me put the stats for cars I care about up there.

      Viewing a computer could actually be better than viewing on TV/PVR. But right now it's worse. Scott, you keep talking about how we're moving into the future. Why is your internet stream instead a step into the past?

      Oh, the race.

      The race was quite good. It was great to see the LMPC cars doing well, what a fantastic class. GT2 (GTE) wasn't as good as before, the BMWs appear to be just a hair too fast for the field. They suffered adversity and came back anyway. Every time they were under attack they didn't have trouble re-opening their lead. Also, the pro-am stuff is yuck. Sorry, IMSA. I even watch Grand-Am, but I didn't want to see that here.

      Speed aired the Grand-Am Continental series against Sebring, and the ST (street tuner, previously super touring) class race was great. A very close finish and a lot of dicing it up. And they are actual street cars which doesn't hurt. And it was in HD!
        • 4 Years Ago
        FYI--American Le Mans Series broadcasts have been time buy broadcasts since day one, whether they were on Speed, NBC, CBS and now, Disney (ABC and ESPN).
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have Xbox Live so I was watching it on my big screen tv. I watched the whole thing from the start. The limited commercial interruption was fantastic. It was not Lee Diffey that you heard on the beginning, it was Brian Till. The ALMS crew is going to be Till, Johnny O'Connell, and Bill Adam. I would rather have the radiolemans crew of Hindhaugh and Shaw all season but I know that is not going to be possible.

        Little bit of an upset to have a last year's 908 AND a petrol powered car beat both of the factory Peugeots and Audis. The collision between the 908 and the Audi didn't help much. I took two little naps during the race and one was right as Rockenfeller had his two flats so I didn't hear what caused that and the other time was right as the factory 908 was heading back to the paddock after the collision. I'm assuming it had something to do with the steering.

        It's amazing that a few teams had only had their cars for about a week, Highcroft and Risi come to mind, so they didn't have the benefit of a lot of testing before they put them out to race.

        Poor Scott Sharp can't buy a break. Last year his F430 goes up in flames at Sebring and this year his brand new F458 is in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets caught up in the Flying Lizard/Corvette collision.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was lucky enough to have access to espn3, and the coverage was amazing!

      I spent all day marinating in my own musk, watching the race.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is funny how the best racing cars in the world are actually based on Street legal Models I always thought it would go the other way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      what a fantastic race. it is a shame it was not televised on tv.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I had to make do with the worldwide stream, it would freeze video every 10 seconds for about an hour into the race before finally working smoothly
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was streamed on ESPN3 yesterday,good thing I had yesterday off
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ha "televised on tv"...made me giggle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I didn't care for sitting in front of my computer for so long, but soon I'll be hooking it up to my TV.

        Did the announcer ever take a break? The Speed boys usually do endurance races in shifts, but that guy seemed to go the full 12 hours. He knows his stuff, too.

        All hail Joey Hand. He just kicks ass, winning both the Daytona 24 and Sebring 12.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i thought the 458 was going to do better, to bad about the crash between GT cars at the beginning, might have turned out different in that class.
      • 4 Years Ago
      those 458 looks so hot =S
        • 4 Years Ago
        i am just saying that the 458 are hot and look so cool whats your problem dude ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        thats so funny.. do you have any justin beiber dislike jokes for us as well?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad that some of the Ferrari-backed teams still had to run F430s because Ferrari couldn't get the cars ready in time, that had to suck a little bit. Even though at least one of the 430s was still really fast and had the lead at one point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That F430 that led at one point was part of the GTE (GT2) -Amateur class. They are not allowed to use cars less than a year old.
      • 4 Years Ago
      why don't they just rename "Speed Channel" to "NASCAR Channel" or better yet, "Redneck Channel" cause that's the only thing they show 24/7.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dunno, lately I've mostly seen a Jaguar infomercial repeated over and over (it's not labelled as such though). That's not exactly redneck.

        IMHO, the real problem is just too much "Two Guys Garage" and stuff like that and not enough racing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree wholeheartedly. I guess Toyota is now redneck as that make is the most widely praised and slobbered over by speed and fox.
        Too bad, as the original Speed Channel was quite good, entertaining and UNPREJUDICED.
        I guess that the Frances have been paid enough, as well as speed and fox, to ensure that wonderful redneck brand, Toyota, will win.
        Go Tony Stewart, Jimmy Johnson, or anyone else driving an American car (defined as being a brand that at one time hauled moon).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry everyone, there should be a "shine" attached to moon. My fault.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Denis: The original Speed TV was called SpeedVision (god I miss them). It was miles better than the horse-pooh that Speed has become.

        I've floated the idea that there should be a Speed2 channel for the other types of racing that doesn't include circle tracks, mud-bogs, monster trucks and quarter-mile strips.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Speed and Nascar are both headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Coincidence?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sebring is the great. I was there and theres nothing like it highly recommend going it's unlike any race I've ever been to.

      Also agree speed sucks now nothing but infos, NASCAR and pinks.
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