Glickenhaus reflects on ’emotional’ charge to maiden overall podium

Glickenhaus Racing reflected on their “emotional” first race at Sebring as they secured a maiden overall WEC podium at the Season 10 opener.

The American manufacturer made their first appearance at Sebring International Raceway last weekend.

After the Prologue pre-season testing beforehand, they opened their second WEC season with a P2 qualifying result with a time of 1m48.741s by Oliver Pla.

He joined Romain Dumas and Ryan Briscoe to achieve third overall in the race, albeit unable to catch the dominant Alpine.

“Racing a World Championship Endurance race at Sebring was very emotional,” they said in a press release.

“We’ve never raced there, and have been warned that Sebring is one of the toughest tracks in the world.

“Just driving around Sebring has cracked the chassis of major OEMs, and that is without even crashing.”

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The 1000 Miles of Sebring was disrupted by three red flags, the first of which triggered by a dramatic crash when Jose Maria Lopez hit the Turn 14 barrier and rolled his #7 GR010 Hybrid.

Glickenhaus’ previous WEC appearance was at their 24 Hours of Le Mans debut in 2021, where they finished fourth and fifth overall with both SCG 007 LMH Hypercar entries.

They also ran a new Bosch brake-by-wire system during the Prologue and the opening race.

“It’s quite different from Le Mans, especially for set-up. By the end of the race, we were able to figure out our suspension settings, and we began to run faster.

“Finishing 3rd overall was a fantastic feeling.

“Especially as we were one of the only cars and teams that has never raced Sebring before.”

Before the WEC kick started its Season 10 campaign, Glickenhaus announced their intention to pursue a third customer Hypercar entry at Le Mans next year.

According to them, “serious interest from several teams and individuals” had been generated with the opportunity to fight for an overall Le Mans win.

They will, however, be up against more competition including Cadillac, Ferrari, Porsche, in addition to Peugeot joining later this year.

Glickenhaus will return at Round 2, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, with the #708 before Le Mans in June when they will have both Le Mans Hypercars.