Sebring Three-Hour Report

March 15, 2014,
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The TRG-AMR team continued its hard work despite a tough start through the first three hours of the Twelve Hours of Sebring.

The No. 007 Residences at the Hard Rock Daytona Beach Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 was running 18th, one lap down due to two penalties and a spin, in the GT Daytona class, while the No. 009 Residences at the Hard Rock Daytona Beach Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 was scored in 21st in class, 11 laps down, while undergoing repairs for a rear brake pressure problem.

James Davison led early after starting fourth in the No. 007 before handing the car to David Block after a 45-minute opening stint. Al Carter took his first stint at the two-hour, 30-minute mark after Block put in a solid one-hour, 45-minutes behind the wheel of the 12-hour IMSA United SportsCar Championship event at Sebring International Raceway.

Carter showed superb driving skill just before the three-hour mark to avoid — by inches — the No. 62 Ferrari driven by Matteo Malucelli, who inexplicably rejoined the track in traffic after spinning into the barriers.

Brandon Davis felt a lack of rear brake pressure in the No. 009 almost immediately after the start of the race, a problem that persisted during Max Riddle’s first stint. The TRG-AMR team worked diligently on the problem during multiple stops in the first two hours of the race, including changing the brake pads. But TRG-AMR CEO Kevin Buckler decided to call the car behind the wall for more extensive investigation and repair two hours, five minutes into the race.

The first three hours of the race were littered with caution periods, including one of nearly an hour due to fire engulfing a rival car. Persistent cautions and the driving skill of Block, Carter and Davison could give the No. 007 a chance to regain its lap and contend for the podium.

Stay tuned for the next update at the six-hour mark – approximately 4:15 p.m. (ET).

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