A rapid-fire run of three-straight Historic Sportscar Racing feature races kicked-off a crowded weekend competition schedule on Thursday at Sebring International Raceway. Ahead, a prelude to the HSR Sebring Historics and sixth running of the HSR Classic Sebring 12 Hour, Pistons and Props, presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Network.
Star of the day was Todd Treffert who extended his reign over the daunting Sebring circuit with two feature race wins in his Speedconcepts 1974 No. 141 Porsche 911 IROC prepared by the 901 Shop.
Treffert scored the overall and GT Classic (GTC) victories in the B.R.M. Endurance Challenge race, and backed it up less than an hour later with another flag-to-flag triumph in the HSR Classic RS Cup race.
Combined with the season-opening HSR Spring Fling, Treffert is on a run of six-straight overall B.R.M. Endurance Challenge victories on the south Florida circuit. His Classic RS Cup win Thursday was also his third straight victory at the Sebring Historics in the all-Porsche class series for 1970’s era 911 RS/RSR and IROC models.
Yves Scemama (1974 No. 52 Porsche 911 IROC) finished second overall in GTC in the B.R.M. race while Damon DeSantis and David Hinton (1974 No. 82 Porsche 911 RSR) completed the overall and GTC podiums.
Both the Scemama and DeSantis Porsches are prepared by Heritage Motorsports.
The Vintage class victory went to the family team of Tom McGlynn and son Jimmy in their No. 181 Porsche 914/6 prepared by the 901 Shop. The McGlynns crossed the finish line just behind the GTC top three and joined the other Vintage podium finishers in securing overall finishing positions four through six in the 31-car field.
Travis Engen finished second in Vintage and rounded out the overall top five in his GMT Racing 1962 No. 1 Lotus 23B, with John Deford third in Vintage and sixth overall in his 1970 No. 57 Porsche 914/6, also 901 Shop prepared.
Thursday’s other feature race winner was Pierce Marshall who topped a fast field of recently retired GT cars for the HSR Stoner Car Care Global GT victory in his Matador Motorsports 2016 No. 3 Corvette C7.R.
A pair of Porsches from Hairy Dog Grrrage secured the final two Stoner Car Care Global GT podium positions. Cody Ware finished second in his 2017 No. 412 Porsche 991 Cup ahead of the team’s sister No. 36 991 driven by Jason Krikorian.
Thursday wrapped up with the season-ending Classic RS Cup race where Scooter Gabel and Mike Banz chase Treffert to the finish. Gabel (No. 122 Alegra Motorsports 1973 Porsche 911) wound up second with Banz third in his No. 13 Heritage Motorsports 1974 Porsche 911 RSR.
Friday’s on-track HSR highlights at Sebring will include the year-end HSR B.R.M. Historic/Prototype and GT Modern (GTM) One-Hour Enduro, the first rounds of the season-ending HSR WeatherTech Sprint races, and the final Sasco Sports International/American Challenge race of 2021.
Another Friday highlight is the arrival of the vintage airplanes that will be landing all morning at nearby Sebring Regional Airport. The traditional “Parade of Planes” from the airport to the Sebring competitor paddock is scheduled for Friday at 4:30 p.m. EST.
For more information for the Classic Sebring 12 Hour and Sebring Historics, including weekend schedule and entry lists, click HERE.