Hurley Haywood and Nick Tandy talk Sebring
With the Sebring 12 Hours postponed, two Porsche motorsport legends swap stories of the legendary Florida race meeting.
This weekend, in the warmth of the Florida spring, factory Porsche 911 RSR racing cars should have been in action at the legendary Sebring race track. From seeing burning couches to leading a 200-mph, five-car convoy of 935s so far off the track they couldn’t find their way back on, there isn’t much Hurley Haywood and Nick Tandy haven’t seen at Sebring, where Porsche has claimed victory no fewer than 18 times.
Seventy-one-year-old Haywood first won Sebring in 1973, doing it in a Porsche 911 RSR, just a month after he’d won the 24 Hours of Daytona. The American also won Sebring in 1981 as well as Le Mans three times, Daytona a total of five times and the IMSA GT Championship twice.
Tandy, meanwhile, is one of the current crop of elite works Porsche drivers, competing in the latest 911 RSR racer. No-one has beaten the 35-year-old Brit at Sebring since 2017, and he will be going for a hattrick of GTLM wins in November, to add to the 2018 and 2019 trophies. He was also third in class on the Sarthe last year, racing a works 911 RSR painted in red, white and blue as an affectionate tribute to the Brumos Porsche racing cars of old – the most famous driver of which was the man currently on the screen in front of him.
Mar 22, 2020 at 11:12