Formula 1
01 Nov
-
03 Nov
Event finished
MotoGP
01 Nov
-
03 Nov
Event finished
NASCAR Cup
08 Nov
-
10 Nov
Event finished
15 Nov
-
17 Nov
First Practice in
2 days
IndyCar
20 Sep
-
22 Sep
Event finished
WEC
08 Nov
-
10 Nov
Event finished
12 Dec
-
14 Dec
FP1 in
29 days
Formula E
R
Ad Diriyah E-prix
22 Nov
-
23 Nov
Next event in
8 days
R
Santiago E-prix
17 Jan
-
18 Jan
Next event in
64 days

Hartley reflects on "awesome" Sebring podium double

shares
comments
Hartley reflects on "awesome" Sebring podium double
By:
Mar 19, 2019, 9:42 AM

Brendon Hartley has hailed the job of his Action Express Racing team after following up his Sebring 1000 Miles WEC podium finish with another top-three finish in the IMSA Sebring 12 Hours.

The ex-Toro Rosso Formula 1 racer was a late addition to the line-up in the Mustang Sampling-backed #5 Cadillac DPi.V-R for the IMSA Sebring 12 Hours, alongside regulars Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque at the Florida track.

It came on the same weekend Hartley made his first of two planned appearances with the SMP Racing LMP1 team, replacing Jenson Button in the #11 BR Engineering BR1-AER.

Having finished best of the rest behind the two Toyotas along with teammates Mikhail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov in the 1000-mile WEC event on Friday, Hartley followed that up with another third place finish in the IMSA event.

A late safety car period meant the #5 car finished less than three seconds behind the race-winning sister Action Express car of Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr and Eric Curran.

"It was awesome working with AXR, with Joao and Felipe," Hartley told Motorsport.com.

"It was tricky jumping into the [IMSA] race after driving such a different car. Not gonna lie, it took me one or two stints to find my feet. But I felt comfortable at the end.

"I think we did the maximum we could in the end. The other car [#31] had the edge on pace, and in the end the team was faultless.

"Everyone did an awesome job, we finished third, so pretty happy with it."

#5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi, DPi: Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque, Brendon Hartley

#5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi, DPi: Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque, Brendon Hartley

Photo by: Scott R LePage / LAT Images

Hartley was at the wheel when the #5 car was demoted a place by Jordan Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Cadillac at the penultimate restart.

The New Zealander admitted he was "caught sleeping a little bit" by Taylor.

"Obviously new to these tyres and first time driving this Cadillac; I braked a little bit early into Turn 1 and he did a good move around the outside," he added.

"It was pretty tight but he made it stick, hats off to him. I was a bit green coming into the race. I was putting pressure for the rest of the stint but he made a good move."

Hartley and his SMP Racing teammates had to battle back from an early puncture to score third in the WEC race, taking advantage of late gearshift troubles for the #3 Rebellion R-13 Gibson.

They finished 11 laps down on the winning Toyota TS050 Hybrid.

"The puncture early on didn’t help and did quite a lot of damage to the rear of the car, so it was a tricky race from then on in," said Hartley.

"But again, we kept it on the road and we got the podium."

Podium: #11 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1: Mikhail Aleshin, Vitaly Petrov, Brandon Hartley

Podium: #11 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1: Mikhail Aleshin, Vitaly Petrov, Brandon Hartley

Photo by: JEP / LAT Images

Next article
Mazda had the pace to win in Sebring - Pla

Previous article

Mazda had the pace to win in Sebring - Pla

Next article

MSR Acura NSXs "couldn't catch a break" at Sebring

MSR Acura NSXs "couldn't catch a break" at Sebring
Load comments

About this article

Series WEC , IMSA
Event Sebring
Author Jamie Klein