A Ferrari driven by Phil Hill, United States, and Olivier Gendebien, Belgium, won the eleventh 12-hour endurance race for sports cars at Sebring, Florida, Mar 25, at a record average speed of 91.3 mph.
GTV Drivers run to cars for start and cars away
GROUND V..cars turning at bend
SV PAN..car No 23 Stirling Moss of Britain in Maserati
SV PAN..Car 24, Maserati, Gregory of Montana, B.V. of cars round bend
SV Car No 17 Ferrari into pits, Rodriquez brothers of Mexico, Ricardo taking over from Pedro
CU Changing wheel
SV Ricardo in car and away
SV PAN..Car No 17 round bend
LV Car No 17 past
PAN..Car No 17 returning corner with other cars
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SV Car No 87 Arnolt Bristol, Ray Cuomo of New York off track, turns round and starts
CU scoreboard showing leaders - 17, 14 and 20
CU PAN..Car No 17 turning into straight
LV Car No 27 Ferrari, von Trips of Germany, passing, followed by other cars
PAN Car No 27 Ferrari, Giancarlo Baghetti of Italy
OAN of car No 15 round bend followed by other cars
PAN of car No 48, Porsche, driven by an American
PAN of car No 14 Ferrari, driven by Phil Hill of California
PAN Car No 17 following
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LV Car racing and lap board
CU Time check
LV Flagging in winner
CU Winners No 14, Phil Hill of California and Olivier Gendebien of Belgium
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Background: A Ferrari driven by Phil Hill, United States, and Olivier Gendebien, Belgium, won the eleventh 12-hour endurance race for sports cars at Sebring, Florida, Mar 25, at a record average speed of 91.3 mph. They covered 210 laps of the 5.2-mile course to repeat their victory of the previous year.
Stirling Moss - lying second for a time in a field of 64 - was unlucky with his Maserati (No 24). At the start he lost a lap while his flat battery was being recharged. Then, as his car overheated early in the race, he changed over from a front-engined to a rear-engined model which he had rejected as unsatisfactory before the start. And just before the four-hour point his second car developed suspension trouble, putting him out of the race for good.
Highlight of the race - a long duel between the Hill-Gendebien car (No 14) and another Ferrari (No 17) driven by the Mexican brothers Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez. The Mexicans led for seven of the first nine hours, giving the winners a lesson in skill and daring, but as darkness fell they had to pull into the pits for a disastrous 17-minute repair job. They were in for a great disappointment when, some time after the finish, the officials relegated them from an earlier second to a final third place. (207 laps, 89.7 mph).
Second place was taken by R.Ginther, United States, and W.von Trips, Germany, in another Ferrari (No 27). They switched cars after their first one had broken down, and completed 208 laps at an average 90.1 mph.
All records for the race were broken in this round-the-clock chase from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hill-Gendebien easily beat the average speed record set up by Moss and the late P. Collins in 1958. Hill, who was at the wheel for the final stretch, also beat Moss's lap record of 94.99 mph, when he recorded 96.3 mph in the 149th lap.