Last weekend, I drove my first race in the United States. At the Sebring circuit, we drove the IMSA Sportscar Encore with K2R Motorsports and that went extraordinary well! On Sunday morning, we got pole position and on Sunday afternoon, we missed victory by a small margin to ANSA Motorsport.
Two weeks ago, we tested at Sebring and that was already a very good start and this form continued this weekend. Free practice went very well and on Sunday morning, I got to drive in qualifying. The car was handling beautifully and I was able to put it on pole position. We also nearly took the lap record, so things couldn’t go any better!
First stint in the lead
I did the start as well and our strategy was to build a gap as soon as possible, so we could save fuel while maintaining that gap. The first stint went exactly to plan and after an hour of racing, we had half a minute on the entire field. The car was perfect and we had great pace, even while saving fuel we were the quickest car in the race. Unfortunately, the safety car wiped our advantage away after the first hour.
We decided to pit and hand over the car to my teammate Jim McGuire. That stop didn’t go too well, which cost us two drive through penalties. That meant we had to hand over the lead of the race but a new safety car made sure we were right there with the leaders. But even with Matt Bell behind the wheel in our third stint, we couldn’t regain the lead.
A great weekend
Missing victory is a shame but overall, this was just a fantastic weekend. It all just went like clockwork and it’s a great way of being introduced to racing in the States. Let’s hope we can do this many more times!