12 Hours of Sebring – Rob Barff Diary
Friday – Quiet Day?
is usually a relatively quiet day at the 12 Hours of Sebring: just
one practice session in the morning gives the teams every opportunity
to clear up a job list on the cars or to rest up if all is well.
I was due to get three
or four laps at the very end of the session, but for some reason
the session was ended a few minutes early.
Still the two laps I
got in were enough to show that the car is working well, handling
way better than at the beginning of the week and all in all feels
like it has a good, comfortable set-up for tomorrow’s race.
After the practice
session it was time for something the American Le Mans Series does
better than any other race series on earth – the access to
the cars and drivers for fans is absolutely amazing, and at lunchtime
on a very hot and sunny day it was time for the hugely popular autograph
session, when thousands of race fans descend on the paddock. It’s
hot work, but a real buzz to see the huge number of people who flock
to this circuit for race weekend.
The Dallara is attracting
a lot of attention. It’s a car that has run close to the Audis’
pace in the past and while we aren’t close enough to worry
them, we’re getting quicker and quicker the more we run. The
fans queued dozens deep for autographs with Joao, Martin and I –
and we signed programmes, posters, postcards and T-shirts.
find out tomorrow just how close we are to the ultimate pace, but
the real test will be for us to get this car to the finish……
of one of the toughest road races in the world.