The 2022 IMSA 12 Hours of Sebring will be remembered for Earl Bamber’s late charge to victory lane in his Ganassi Cadillac, a heavy crash that took out GTD and LMP2 favorites, and two Ferraris emerging to stand on the GTD podium. It will not be remembered as a Porsche Motorsports classic.

While Pfaff Motorsport and Wright Motorsport looked to defend their respective GTD Pro and GTD victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona seven weeks earlier, neither repeated their Daytona success at Sebring.

2022 12 Hours of Sebring

2022 12 Hours of Sebring

Photo Courtesy: Porsche AG

The entry list included 11 GTD Pro cars and 17 GTD cars, making up about half of the 53 total cars in the race. Three prototype classes ran as well, all designed by regulation to be faster than the GT classes. In practice, the fastest GT cars ran with or outpaced the slower prototype cars. The large field ensured that traffic was an ever-present factor on the track and in a crowded pit lane.

Porsche was never in contention for the podium in either of its two classes. In GTD Pro, Porsches got only a scant whiff of the leaders and spent the bulk of the race mid-pack. In GTD, the promise of a pole position quickly gave way to early mechanical issues, putting a favorite many laps down for most of the event.

2022 12 Hours of Sebring

2022 12 Hours of Sebring

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New Regulations at Sebring 2022

Sebring was the second IMSA event to feature new GT regulations, creating two different classes but both with the same equipment. GTD Pro teams featured purely professional drivers, and GTD teams mixed professional and amateur drivers. Equipment might have been identical, but the full-time professionals separated themselves in the running order with lap times consistently faster by tenths of a second. In the end, the GTD Pro winners covered 323 laps—only two laps more than the GTD winners.

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Porsche 911 GT3 R
Porsche 911 GT3 R, Pfaff Motorsports (#9), Matt Campbell (AUS), Mathieu Jaminet (F), Felipe Nasr (BR). Photo Courtesy: Porsche AG

The GTD Pro Porsche Contenders at Sebring 2022

Two 911 GT3 R Porsches came to race in GTD Pro—Pfaff Motorsports and WeatherTech Racing.

Matt Campbell, Mathieu Jaminet and Felipe Nasr drove the #9 Pfaff car, intending to give Pfaff a second successive Sebring win. Campbell and Jaminet were scheduled to drive the full 2022 IMSA calendar, while Nasr joined as a third driver for the endurance races. Porsche plans for Nasr to drive with the new Porsche prototype program in 2023.

2022 12 Hours of Sebring

2022 12 Hours of Sebring

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By: Kevin Ehrlich
Title: Porsche Struggles at Sebring 2022
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/porsche-struggles-at-sebring-2022/
Published Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2022 03:00:26 +0000

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