After a five month off-season full of positive news for the team Robertson Racing begin the 2011 season with the 12 Hours of Sebring with a two car entry in the hyper-competitive GTE classes.
A promising set of pre-season tests, on the latest version of the Ford GT the team have developed themselves, along with a pair of top drivers drafted into the team has team manager Andrew 'H' Smith hopeful ahead of the once-around-the-clock challenge at the airport venue.
“We're certainly in a stronger position than this time last year,” he says, “and that's without running a lot of the new developments at February's winter test. Sebring will be the first time that all of those elements really come together so it promises to be an exciting race. Of course, everyone else will have made progress too but I'm confident of being competitive.”
“One of our greatest strengths is reliability, which will be crucial to scoring a strong result around what's probably the most physically punishing race on the calendar, including Le Mans. Keeping our noses clean will be especially crucial in such a congested event this year but with a wealth of experience in the driver ranks, including a former winner here, there's plenty of potential for a great result.”
At the beginning of the team's first full season as a two car ALMS effort road-racing start – and former Sebring winner – Boris Said has been brought in, joining Andrea and David Robertson in the no.040. The no.004 car has David Murry – a regular at the team driving with Anthony Lazarro and sometime Ford-backed youngster Colin Braun.
Qualifying for the 59th 12 Hours of Sebring takes place at 3pm local time on Friday (March 18), the race begins at 10:30am (local time) the following day.