Two Moments From Sebring
1 McNish & Lehto
”The move of the race?” asks Ian Donaldson. Of course
“Guess who had
the ringside seat? Yes, me, in the #68 Racers Group Porsche..
“I saw them coming in my mirror as I was approaching turn
17, and expected them both to pass me down the inside, as had been
done by these cars a number of times before - so the last thing
I expected was JJ going the long way around me, around the outside!
“As Allan moved
out from the inside line in mid corner, JJ was there, hence the
coming together. I did see some bodywork flying but only small bits,
my first thought after their touch was that the Champion car would
go very wide and maybe touch the tyre wall. The speed that JJ went
around me on the outside was quicker than I had thought possible
and still stay on! Bearing in mind it’s a bumpy, concrete
surface and not tarmac, even an Audi. Has its limits.”
was there to capture the moment – and yes Ian, it was the
move of the race. McNish let the Champion car go, but what would
have happened had they been on the same lap, or if Lehto just got
the only lap back on the Scot? There were several between them at
this point, but JJ still went for it. Magic stuff. Ian Donaldson
is in the third car in this image.
was the scene in the Carsport pit after Jean-Philippe Belloc experienced
brake problems early on, very early on, in the 12 Hours. The venerable
old girl was experiencing fluctuating brake pressure, and a trip
into the tyre wall at T17 was the result.
Later on, Tom Weickardt
was on a real flyer as he approached the same corner, left his braking
too late, and skittered wide, head on into the tyre wall. We’re
pleased to report that Tom is planning to be back for the whole
of the rest of the season, and that the Viper didn’t even
break its radiator in the impact: bodywork damage only.
caught the image of the repairs after the first incident –
and the look on Jean-Philippe Belloc’s face.