Final 2022 Twelve Hours of Sebring results: Chip Ganassi Racing, Bamber rebound for win

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2022 Twelve Hours of Sebring results: In only the car’s second race, Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 02 Cadillac DPi-V.R captured the 70th running of prestigious Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Earl Bamber, co-driving with Alex Lynn and Neel Jani, took the checkered flag after overcoming two incidents (that encompassed a spin and a drive-through penalty) during his final stint at Sebring International Raceway.

“Honestly it’s right up there,” Bamber, the 2019 GTLM champion for Porsche who joined Ganassi this year, told NBC Sports reporter Brian Till. “Chip Ganassi Racing and the Cadillac was amazing this weekend. We had such a good lead, and I managed to throw it away twice. Once on the out lap, and I thought, ‘Man, I can’t do this, these guys have worked so hard on the car.’ Got back to the lead and then got clipped by a GTD.

RESULTS: Click here for the final overall finishing order l Click here for the class breakdown.

“I’m just exhausted. Thanks to everyone at Cadillac and Chip giving me the chance to drive this car, it’s just incredible.”

Ganassi expanded to a second Cadillac this season after entering the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series’ premier division last year with the No. 01, which earned the pole position Friday with Sebastien Bourdais.

Though mechanical problems knocked the No. 01 out of contention, the No. 02 picked up the slack as Bamber managed to stave off a late charge by Tristan Vautier, who was trying to deliver the second consecutive Twelve Hours of Sebring victory for JDC MotorSports.

“Just the level of competition,” Bamber said when asked what left him so spent after his second Sebring victory (but first overall). “We had all the cars within a 10th (of a second), and we all finished within about 10 seconds at the end. I’m so happy to get our first win in the 02 and to get one for Chip so early in the season. And a big one, Sebring. They deserved it last year, and now they’ve finally got it.”

It marked the 61st IMSA victory for Chip Ganassi Racing and second at Sebring (but first in the DPi overall category).

A rundown of winners in other categories:


GTD Pro

Corvette Racing rebounded from a disappointing outing in the season opener as the No. 3 C8.R of Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg scored the brand’s 12th victory at Sebring.

After the No. 3 dominated in winning the 2021 championship of the final year in the GTLM division, its debut in the new GTD Pro class resulted in a 30th in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Garcia found redemption by taking the checkered flag for his 27th career victory in IMSA.

“Really, really happy for Corvette Racing,” Garcia told NBC Sports’ Parker Kligerman after his 27th career win and fourth at Sebring. “This C8.R managed to get all the way. There was unfinished business from last year. Big thumbs up to Jordan and Nicky. They drove really, really good. It was a tough race with all the conditions.

“I’m also learning and Corvette Racing is also learning. Now we have the first real data from the race, and next year, we’ll come back even stronger next year.”

GTD

In the first victory for Cetilar Racing, Italians Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Antonio Fuoco drove the No. 47 Ferrari 488 GT3 to the win. All three drivers were first-time IMSA winners.

LMP2

With a victory from the pole position, the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 of Ben Keating, Scott Huffaker and Mikkel Jensen won the Twelve Hours of Sebring for the second consecutive year (and the third straight for PR1 Mathiasen).

LMP3

The No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier JS P320 of Joao Barbosa, Lance Willsey and Malthe Jakobsen scored the victory. It was the 25th career win and third at Sebring for Barbosa while Willsey and Jakobsen earned their inaugural IMSA victories.


STATS PACKAGE FOR MOBIL 1 TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

Time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will resume with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 8-10.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup
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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

PETIT LE MANS STARTING GRID: Click here for the starting lineup l Lineup by car number

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


QUALIFYING

Results

Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

Time cards in qualifying

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III