a fascinating time of year. Those of us living
in less warm climates in the northern hemisphere
(naively?) believe that the weather can only get
better now. It will probably turn nasty again during
March, putting paid to testing for teams that haven’t
gone south for warmth and blue skies. But some teams
aren’t going testing – they’re
going racing, at Sebring.
coverage is already coming together nicely – if you haven’t
worked it out yet, click the front page link Mobil
1 Sebring 12 Hours Index and day by day you’ll
find new features there, to add to the anticipation of this
wonderful event. If you haven’t been to Sebring yet – perhaps
you were a Daytona fan, and ended up disappointed – this
is the one to go to.
or not, some entrants don’t like going to the land of
the orange groves. “Nowhere to stay, it’s at the
back of beyond.” Ah, but that’s part of the appeal.
The dailysportscar crew will be staying at
the ‘Wauchula Hilton’, and that is situated in
the back of beyond. Cheap and cheerful, and no one seems to
mind. They’ll be so knackered, all they’ll want
to do is sleep….the poor dears.
Ed. won’t be there, which at least ensures a cracking
race – I always miss the best ones. Tom Kjos has presented
his Prototype Preview, and the conclusion is that it’s
wide open. Bentley, Audi R8 and Lister are certainly three
unknowns as far as outright pace are concerned, the first because
it’s making its debut away from the long straights of
Le Mans, the Audis because no one outside the teams knows how
they’ll fare with smaller restrictors, and the Lister
because it is so new.
a host of questions to be answered - not least of which will
be ‘What are the ACO rules for 2004?’ – and
it all adds to the anticipation at the start of this ACO /
already reported on MG-Lola testing at Sebring, and we’re
quietly confident that the blue-and-white and blue-and-red
cars will be right on the pace of the big boys. The top 675
teams will be hoping that the rules remain much as at present.
GTS and GT
are just as intriguing, but we’ll leave Tom Kjos to go
over their prospects, as this first week of March unfolds.
message is – it doesn’t get any better than this.
Sebring will again have the best entry of any long distance
event anywhere in the world. New car problems (and a tougher
track) tend to make it less predictable than Le Mans – although
we may find the class winners are simply the recognised heavy
hitters from before. And we won’t care a jot.
an Audi, a Corvette and a Job Porsche win overall, in GTS and
in GT, we’ll still have masses to write about. It’s
the stories, you see, that fascinate us, and Sebring will provide
plenty of them. We’ll try and tell them as promptly as
possible, and in as much depth as possible – which is
all we’ve ever tried to do here. Beautifully illustrated
with the best images we can find.
your patience during our recent troubles. We’re still
sorting out some of the longer-term obstacles, but we’re
getting there. A good many of you have already told us that
you prefer this version of dsc, and we’re going to build
on what is already here, in ways that never actually happened
before. It’s been a funny old two months for us, but
it’s full steam ahead from here on. Thank heavens for
Sebring, just around the corner.