DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – official series release — Michael Levitt/LAT photo courtesy of IMSA —
A pair of Porsches topped the time charts on Tuesday and Wednesday during a two-day IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge test at Sebring Int’l Raceway.
Hugh Plumb ran a lap of 2:16.737 (98.466 mph) in the No. 13 Rum Bum Porsche 911 co-driven by his brother Matt to lead the Grand Sport (GS) competitors.
“We learned a lot when we raced here last year, but Sebring is always a different animal when you come back,” Hugh Plumb said. “It’s a rough track, without a lot of mechanical grip. In the limited time we had on Tuesday, we learned enough to make us feel good for when we come back next month. The Rum Bum guys are always working in the right direction – they’re never complacent with what we have.”
Fastest in Street Tuner (ST) was Andy Lee in the No. 22 Kris Wright Racing with Goldcrest Motorsports Porsche Cayman co-driven by Kris Wright. Both fast times were set in the dry Tuesday morning session, with the Tuesday afternoon practice and extended Wednesday afternoon sessions marred by periods of heavy rain which limited track time.
Robin Liddell was in a unique position, testing all three Porsches that Rebel Rock Racing brought to the test. The 2015 GS champion took laps in the No. 6 Porsche 911 in GS and the No. 7 and No. 8 Caymans in ST.
“It was kind of fun, but I was amazed when I looked at the time sheet and saw I had three of the fastest times,” Liddell said.
“The ST Caymans were familiar territory, because I drove one of them (to a third-place finish) at Daytona. They both felt very good, and we used the test to try out a few changes. The GS car was fun, because I haven’t driven a 911 in quite a while. It was good right off the bat. It had good power, and I was pleasantly surprised. After only a few laps we were only one second off the Rum Bum car, and we can definitely improve the car even more before next month’s race.”
CREDIT: IMSA Communications