Briton Sean Edwards qualified third fastest in the GTC class for NGT Motorsport at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Edwards was part of the battle for pole position in the all-Porsche spec class, matching the 2:05.747 of provisional pole sitter Jeroen Bleekemolen with his final lap in the session around the 3.74 mile Sebring International Raceway circuit.
That effort would have seen Edwards and the rest of the #30 team (Marco Seefried and Henrique Cisneros) start second in class with Bleekemolen on pole. However, another late improver in the session – Andy Lally – stole the class pole and bumped Edwards and company back onto the second row in class.
“I didn’t quite hook up the right lap with the tires on the first lap,” lamented Edwards after the session. “I thought we might have a tyre going down. So I tried again on the second lap. I got unlucky in a traffic situation and made a slight mistake, so I backed off for a couple of laps. I eventually got a clear lap on the next to last lap and managed to go a little faster. The tyre was degrading slightly but I’m happy enough from where we started this week. Andy Lally’s lap was on it and congratulations to him for the pole.”
“We’ve really improved over the course of the week because we started quite far behind. We changed compounds and were going around in circles a bit to find the right setup. At least we’re getting it now. I think the race pace will be good and I think it will be a long, tough race but I’m glad we are where we need to be now.”
Kuba Giermaziak – who co-drove with Edwards at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January – qualified tenth in the #31, the other NGT Motorsport entry in the class for the first round of the American Le Mans Series.