Hardeman, Riberas and Davis Ready To Get Back Behind The Wheel of The Moorespeed Audi At Sebring

Hardeman, Riberas and Davis Ready To Get Back Behind The Wheel of The Moorespeed Audi At Sebring

15.03.2019: No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS Ready For Step Forward In Second Race Of The IMSA Season The No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS has unloaded and begun practice for Saturday’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway, and drive

No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS Ready For Step Forward In Second Race Of The IMSA Season
 


The No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS has unloaded and begun practice for Saturday’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway, and drivers Will Hardeman, Alex Riberas and Andrew Davis are entering the event with high hopes for a strong finish.



The team persevered through tough conditions in their IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class debut during the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. Since then the Moorespeed team, under the direction of team principal David Moore and with partners Continental Automotive Group, Bardahl and Audi Genuine Parts, have gone through the Audi piece by piece to rebuild most of the suspension and drivetrain in preparation for the second endurance race of the season.



A February test on the 17-turn, 3.74-mile circuit also let Hardeman, Riberas and Davis learn how the car handles over the difficult surface that the track is known for.



“Sebring is a special place that people either love or hate,” Moore said. “I think everyone on our team loves the place, it’s history and it’s challenges. There are huge numbers of fans already here for what is always a party and we want to put on a good show for them. It’s too early to tell how we will fare here but we are very optimistic. Everyone on the team is pushing hard for a maximum performance individually and as a team.”




Riberas and Hardeman, co-driving the Audi for the full 2019 season, both know what it takes to win at Sebring. Riberas was a GTD-class winner in 2015 during the 12 Hours of Sebring. Hardeman was the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup race winner at Sebring while driving for Moorespeed.  That comfort and confidence should help Hardeman this weekend as he continues his first foray into endurance racing. The lessons that he and the team learned in Daytona, and the work with his teammates at the test, have provided valuable context for the second race of the season.



The Moorespeed team, along with the entirety of the IMSA WeatherTech field, completed two practice sessions during the day on Friday, with another just after dusk to simulate all of the conditions in Saturday's race.
 Davis continues with the team during the Michelin Endurance Cup season, which includes Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.



“The 12 Hours of Sebring is one of the most grueling races in which I've competed,” Davis said. “The challenging track configuration, and bumpy surface makes this race very physically demanding. In addition to the physicality, the interaction with faster traffic always keeps the drivers on high alert from a mental perspective. Teams and drivers with the fewest mistakes normally find their way to the podium at the end of the event. The Moorespeed team continues to strengthen as a unit each time we get together. When you put the pieces together, it's quite impressive what can be achieved.”



Noteworthy:


-The 12 Hours of Sebring will be broadcast live in its entirety on Saturday. Pre-race and the green flag begin at 10:30 a.m. EDT on CNBC and airs until 1:00 p.m., when coverage moves to the NBC Sports Network app for two hours. From 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. EDT, the race continues to the checkered flag on NBC Sports Network.







David B. Moore- also photos

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