Sixty-four cars started the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and after twelve long hours of racing, Katech engines did not have a single issue. The finishing order for the race was; CORE #06 first, PR1 second, CORE #05 third and all three cars were within one lap at the end. PR1 was poised to win with their strategy but in the last ten minutes or so lost all gears except fifth & sixth, which showed that the engines make good torque and PR1 was very appreciative of that. They only went down about 3 seconds a lap only using fifth & sixth!! On behalf of the Katech staff, we would like to congratulate everyone that participated in the historic 12 Hours of Sebring.
CORE Autosport drivers Alex Popow, E.J. Viso and Burt Frisselle in the Katech-powered ORECA FLM09 have won the 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in sunny Florida, in the LMPC class (12th overall). CORE Autosport dominated the podium for the historic event, scoring a third-place finish (15th overall) for the sister #05 machine driven by team founder/owner Jon Bennett, Colin Braun and Eric Lux. Co-driver Alex Popow of the LMPC-class winner #06 Core Autorsport stated, “I’ve got to hand it to E.J. It was that last hour where he fought to keep the car up front. And to think that he and I got first place at Sebring after less than a week in the car. Amazing.” For Burt Frisselle this was an especially emotional win. Thirty-five years prior (1977), Burt’s father Brad won the 12-hour classic and was present for this years’ race.
PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports team owner, Bobby Oergel, would have liked to stand one step higher on Sebring’s podium, but he is still inspired by his team’s performance during the twelve hour race. “In terms of pure execution, the crew performed flawlessly all week,” Oergel exclaimed. “I really couldn’t be more proud of them. We’re all true racers on this team, so we’re obviously not thrilled that we didn’t win tonight. But we are eagerly anticipating running for the team championship this year and championships are won when you make a bad race exceptional, and that’s exactly what we accomplished tonight. Rudy, Ken, Butch, and the guys took a car with a busted nose and only two gears and nearly won the 12 Hours of Sebring with it. That’s the type of team that can challenge for wins and the championship, and that’s why our heads are held up high.”
Bar1 #7 car had steering rack problem and crashed a couple times before retiring and the #8 car overheated the front brakes half-way through the race. Dempsey had all mechanical issues with the starter and electrical system. RSR was out front in the beginning but ended up burning up the clutch. Muscle Milk struggled a little but was doing ok till an accident sent them to the garage.