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Tequila Patrón Ligier Honda Takes Soaking Wet Second Consecutive Win at Sebring 12

Bryce Womeldurf March 22, 2016 All Things Hoon, Motorsports 7 Comments

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, Pipo Derani sealed up the second consecutive race win for 2016 in the No. 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Honda Ligier JS P2, winning the 64th annual 12 Hours of Sebring. The No. 4 Corvette won in the GTLM class after their sister car, the No. 3 Corvette collided with the No. 911 Porsche 911, taking them both out of contention and ending the race for the No. 911. The new Ferrari F88 GT3 claimed its first victory in the GTD class with the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488. 

Taking a Walk Down Pit Lane


Temperatures on the track were cooler this year. The day began with a walk of pit lane by the fans, where they could meet drivers and race team members, pose for photos with grid girls, and see the cars up close.


Parked Behind the Scenes

With covering three events last week, our calendar was very compressed this year. Unfortunately, this meant we had less time to capture images of what was parked around the track, but we did find a few here and there including a (possibly Beck?) Porsche 904, Land Rover Defender, and new Porsche Cayman GT4.


Whether real or fake, that 904 was smokin’ hot.

Wet Weather Proved a Challenge For Many

You could see the prototypes going a little sideways coming out of the hairpin. A few cars even made contact with the car in front of them.

Nearby local Tampa team, Alegra Motorsports actually ended up off course exiting the hairpin.

Their splitter shoveled up a huge spray of dirt, adding insult to near-injury. That fan sure loved it though. It was a lucky shot capturing this, as the camera was locked and off as the car left the track.

Not leaving any time to lose a position, they were right back on track.

Both GTLM Corvettes and a Ferrari seemed to have missed the braking point going into the hairpin and took the longer, outer hairpin.

Rain By the Bucket Full

The rain began and the race continued, but before long, it began to rain so heavy and the lightning was so frequent that a red flag was issued for over 2 hours. We took refuge in the Mazda Owners’ Lounge.


The No. 911 shortly before it met with the Corvette, ending its race.

Once the rain cleared up, there were frequent cautions. They even had to bring out the big forklift, and you know that’s never a good sign. That was likely to carry away the No. 911.

Night arrived and the rain continued to come and go. The rain was a bit of a mixed blessing for fans this year. Temperatures were much more pleasant, but the lower traction meant more incidents and more caution laps, as well as the red flag mentioned previously. My spending only one day at the track this year meant fewer photo opportunities, so perhaps we’ll return to the multi-day attendance experience next year.

Photos Copyright 2016 Hooniverse/Bryce Womeldurf

  • It’s nice to see Ligier continuing to maintain its prominent position in motorsports.


  • Bradley Brownell

    That’s Chuck Beck’s personal 904, by the way.

    • Bradley Brownell

      Yes, it’s a replica.

      The real ones don’t have that ducktail-esque flip up on the back.

      • I just assumed that if it were real, it wouldn’t be parked in a camping area. How did you know it was Chuck Beck’s personal 904?

        • Bradley Brownell

          I’ve been to Chuck’s shop, and seen that car a dozen times. Color is the big giveaway. And the fact that he brings it to Sebring every year.

  • Bradley Brownell

    Controversial opinion, ‘grid girls’ have no place in modern day motorsport. I’d personally prefer that motorsport promoted useful roles for women.

    • I’m not sure it’s that controversial anymore, but I would have liked to have had more shots with drivers, and specifically Katherine Legge, with how well she did at Rolex 24. I thought I saw her, but then lost her in the crowd. Really, this was more a case of covering three events in just eight days, two of which were large events. I prefer having at least two days at Sebring to get more photographic opportunities, but there just wasn’t time this year. In the future, with more practice there and better luck with the weather, I might be able to capture it all in one. I also just wasn’t as satisfied with my photographs as I was at Amelia, so I had fewer images to work with. I agree that I would like to see women in more varied and meaningful roles though.