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ORECA team wins 12 Hours of Sebring

Historic victory for de Chaunac-led team in 2011 opener
Saturday, March 19, 2011

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The winning Matmut Peugeot
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Peugeot won again at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida on Saturday, this time the Team ORECA Matmut taking victory in America’s greatest sports car race and the opening round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n.

Loic Duval took the checkered flag by 31.868 seconds in his Peugeot 908 HDi FAP over Highcroft Racing’s Simon Pagenaud in a classic fight that saw the top three cars finish on the lead lap. Duval, who won with Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Panis, took a late splash of fuel to ensure he could make it to the end of the race and the first race of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

“It was strategy to make the splash,” Duval said. “After that, the car was perfect and I was able to keep the gap between us. I think we didn’t expect to be in this position. We were building and building and at the end the car was perfect."

Hughes de Chaunac celebrates a major win for his small but dedicated Team Oreca Matmut
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Team owner and ORECA founder Hughes de Chaunac was in tears during the final lap – ones of joy. This was the first time he brought his team to Sebring since sweeping the GTS podium in 2000 with the factory Dodge Viper program. Saturday’s victory was especially popular given the ‘I Love U.S. Racing’ stickers on the car.

“It’s a historic result for us,” de Chaunac said It’s a race that we built step by step. We finished just in front of the manufacturers. We avoided any mistakes. It was a perfect job from the team and these three drivers. It was not easy because I asked them to be quick and patient. We won because we did not make any mistakes. 

Pagenaud, David Brabham and Marino Franchitti drove Highcroft’s HPD ARX-01e for the first time this week and appeared on the verge of its first Sebring victory. But Pagenaud finished second, and held off the highest-finishing Peugeot 908 factory entry of Franck Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy.

The other factory Peugeot was involved in an early-race crash with the No. 2 Audi R15 Plus prototype at Turn 17 that effectively ended both cars’ chance at winning. The No. 1 Audi lost two left-rear tires on consecutive laps earlier.

“It was a great race. Everything went very well,” Lapierre said. “The plan was to stay on the same lap until three or four hours into the race. Then we started to push. We were quite fortunate that the pace car didn’t come out anymore after we decided to push.”

BMW won a close battle with the new Ferrari 458 after the Ferrari ran into electrical problems late
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BMW Motorsport won a hard-fought GT battle for the manufacturer’s first win at Sebring since 1999 when it took an overall victory. Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Andy Priaulx led a 1-2 finish in class for the German marque, which won the GT team and manufacturer championships in 2010.

The winning car came back from an early tap and spin with one of the JaguarRSR entries and a left-front flat tire. Given some of the other attrition that went on in the class and the fact that the top six cars in class ran on the same lap deep in to the race, getting both cars to the finish – never mind a 1-2 finish – was an accomplishment in and of itself.

Five cars led the class at one point, a preview of what’s to come the rest for the 2011 season.

The car of Augusto Farfus, Dirk Werner and Bill Auberlen placed second but was leading until a tire puncture in the final third of the race pushed it back into third place. Werner passed Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner with 35 minutes remaining to make it a 1-2 for the M3 GTs.

“The car was really good,” said Hand, who set the class’ fastest race lap. “When I got in the car Monday, I thought, “This is a great race car, we are in the sweet spot, we are in the window.’  When it is comfy, I can go quick and do it for a long time. BMW Team RLL worked really well together in the office season and built two brand new race cars. They make everything better and that is what they did. The Dunlop tires were strong out of every stint and I had some great teammates to get along with too.”

Milner placed third in the Corvette C6.R that he drove with Olivier Beretta and Antonio Garcia.

The winning LMP2 #055 Level 5 Motorsports Lola Honda driven by Scott Tucker, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Luis Diaz
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Level 5 Motorsports won its LMP2 debut with a victory for the entry of team owner Scott Tucker, Luis Diaz and Ryan Hunter-Reay. The team won at Sebring in LMP Challenge last year and moved up to P2 after taking the LMPC championship in 2010.

“We just got our cars last Saturday. This whole week was a big test session,” said Tucker, who won the LMPC driver’s championship last year. “I’ve got to hand it to Luis and Ryan. We had a small issue and went down a bunch of laps, but these guys pounded it out. It really worked out for us today.”

Hunter-Reay crossed the finish line ahead of the class pole-sitting Signatech Nissan ORECA-Nissan. Both cars had their share of trouble but a trip back to the paddock and penalties in the pitlane doomed the Signatech entry. Class pole-sitter Soheil Ayari, Franck Mailleux and Lucas Ordonez came home second in class.

Oak Racing’s Pescarolo-Judd of Andrea Barlesi, Frederic Da Rocha and Patrice Lafargue were third in class.

It was the first ALMS victory for Hunter-Reay, and second each for Tucker and Diaz; the latter won in P2 for Lowe’s Fernandez Racing and Acura in 2009.

“It’s amazing how hard these guys worked. I was watching the guys put the cars together on Saturday. From then until now, the car did a 12-hour race,” said Hunter-Reay. “For me growing up in Florida, winning Sebring is dream come true,” he added. “This place is very special to me. This is a big deal for me and the car was a lot of fun to drive. It’s a great win for Level 5 and starts the season off right.”

“It was a huge effort from Level 5 today,” Diaz added. “We worked very hard during the week to setup the car. We didn’t have the speed on the straights, but the engineers gave us a great car in the corners and the Honda was very reliable as always. Ryan drove great at the end with some amazing laps. I’m very thankful to have these great teammates and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Krohn Racing won handily in GTE-Am with its Ferrari F430 GT. Tracy Krohn crossed the checkered flag well ahead of the Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. It marked the team’s first victory in the American Le Mans Series and first for drivers Krohn, Nic Jonsson and Michele Rugolo.

“In the last 36 hours, we haven’t had a single mechanical issue with the car,” Krohn said. “That’s a tribute to our drivers and team prep. That car doesn’t have a scratch on it. I don’t think anybody put two wheels off the whole day.”

The class battle went back and forth between the Krohn Ferrari and the Proton Porsche all day as the two cars were the only ones to lead. The Ferrari took advantage for good with a little more than two hours to go when the Porsche ran into problems and went back to the paddock for repairs.

That gave Krohn the victory and class championship lead in the GTE-Am class of the ILMC.

“It’s a dream come true,” Jonsson said. “The guys did a fantastic job over the winter when we decided to go ILMC with the Ferrari. We have a fantastic engineering staff. The crew has been flawless. The Proton Porsche have good drivers, so they’ll be stiff competition on the European tracks.”

Genoa Racing won in LMP Challenge from the pole position as Dane Cameron won by 44.314 seconds in his ORECA FLM09 over CORE autosport’s Ryan Dalziel.

Genoa won for the first time in the class after running the full season in 2010. Cameron drove with Jens Petersen and Michael Guasch.

“The car was fantastic. For me it was great because this was the first time I had ever driven the car (at Sebring),” Guasch said. “I knew if I could run with these guys we would have a fantastic package. We came in and had a good shot at it but you never want to be that confident. We were up in the top-10 overall, so it was not bad.”

The winning Genoa car led the race in big chunks – 143 laps in the middle of the race, and Cameron led the final 70 laps. He ended where the car started: out front.

“I would say qualifying is more of an ego boost; it is such a long race, where you start is irrelevant,” he said. “We had the fastest car in the field going into the race. I don’t think we had any penalties, mistakes, no contact, none of that stuff. The team prepared such a solid car for us and we just went about our day.”

In GT Challenge, Black Swan Racing opened the defense of its 2010 class championship with its first victory at Sebring. Damien Faulkner beat TRG’s Spencer Pumpelly across the finish line by 68 seconds to win with Tim Pappas and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen in the team’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry.

The battle in class was one between any of four cars – Black Swan, TRG, Magnus Racing and NGT Motorsport.

“The team was fantastic all week and we have kept our heads up and they haven’t had much sleep,” Faulkner said. “We had fantastic pit stops, and were faster then our rivals at that point.”

The Black Swan Porsche didn’t lead until just shy of the eight-hour mark. But it only fell out of the lead for four laps over the next four hours.

“The guys did such a good job,” Pappas said. “We just got our car 10 days ago from Germany, so it has been a big push to get it ready. “But here we are it is fantastic.”

Pumpelly, Alain Li and Duncan Ende wound up second, a position it held for a great majority of the final four hours. NGT Motorsport’s Porsche of Henrique Cisneros, Carlos Kauffmann and Sean Edwards placed third in class.

“I am happy with the win.  It is pretty hard out there in the dark and it was warm during the day,” Bleekemolen said. “We had a problem with the brakes; it was hard to go straight. But it is great to be out here of course.”

The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n heads west for its next round – the Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach on Saturday, April 16. The race will be shown live and in its entirety on ESPN3.com in the United States and internationally on americanlemans.com starting at 7:15 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will provide television coverage from 5 to 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 17. Visit the American Le Mans Series’ schedule page for information on tickets and area accommodations.

Results

Pos Num CL CP BIC Drivers Car Laps Behind Gap
1 10 LMP1 1 --- Lapierre/Duval/Panis Peugeot 908 HDI FAP 332 --- ---
2 01 LMP1 2 -31.868 Brabham/Franchitti/Pagenaud HPD ARX-01e 332 -31.868 -31.868
3 8 LMP1 3 -44.502 Montagny/Sarrazin/Lamy Peugeot 908 332 -44.502 -12.634
4 2 LMP1 4 -5 laps Capello/Kristensen/McNish Audi R15+ TDI 327 -5 laps -5 laps
5 1 LMP1 5 -6 laps Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller Audi R15+ TDI 326 -6 laps -1 lap
6 016 LMP1 6 -8 laps Dyson/Smith/Cochran Lola B09 86/Mazda 324 -8 laps -2 laps
7 12 LMP1 7 -12 laps Prost/Jani/Bleekemolen Lola B10/60 Coupe 320 -12 laps -4 laps
8 7 LMP1 8 -17 laps Wurz/Gene/Davidson Peugeot 908 315 -17 laps -5 laps
9 036 LMPC 1 --- Petersen/Cameron/Guasch Oreca FLM09 312 -20 laps -3 laps
10 56 GT 1 --- Priaulx/Muller/Hand BMW M3 GT 312 -20 laps -13.539
11 005 LMPC 2 -44.314 Bennett/Montecalvo/Dalziel Oreca FLM09 312 -20 laps -30.775
12 55 GT 2 -37.878 Farfus/Auberlen/Werner BMW M3 GT 312 -20 laps -7.103
13 03 GT 3 -49.294 Beretta/Milner/Garcia Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR 312 -20 laps -11.416
14 04 GT 4 -1 lap Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR 311 -21 laps -1 lap
15 51 GT 5 -1 lap Fisichella/Bruni/Kaffer Ferrari F430 311 -21 laps -10.054
16 045 GT 6 -2 laps Bergmeister/Long/Lieb Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 310 -22 laps -1 lap
17 044 GT 7 -6 laps Law/Neiman/Holzer Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 306 -26 laps -4 laps
18 006 LMPC 3 -7 laps Jeannette/Gonzalez/Junco Oreca FLM09 305 -27 laps -1 lap
19 57 GTE-AM 1 --- Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo Ferrari F430 GT 302 -30 laps -3 laps
20 055 LMP2 1 --- Tucker/Hunter-Reay/Diaz Lola Honda 300 -32 laps -2 laps
21 054 GTC 1 --- Pappas/Faulkner/Bleekemolen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 299 -33 laps -1 lap
22 066 GTC 2 -68.011 Enda/Pumpelly/Li Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 299 -33 laps -68.011
23 030 GTC 3 -3 laps Cisneros/Kauffmann/Edwards Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 296 -36 laps -3 laps
24 011 GTC 4 -4 laps Ham/Blackett/Cumming Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 295 -37 laps -1 lap
25 068 GTC 5 -4 laps Von Moltke/Ludwig/Norman Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 295 -37 laps -21.601
26 040 GT 8 -18 laps Robertson/Robertson/Said Doran Ford GT/Elan 294 -38 laps -1 lap
27 063 LMPC 4 -18 laps Lux/Julian/Zugel Oreca FLM09 294 -38 laps -15.612
28 59 GT 9 -20 laps Ortelli/Mackowiecki/Deletraz Ferrari F458 Italia 292 -40 laps -2 laps
29 034 GTC 6 -8 laps LeSaffre/Davis/Faieta Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 291 -41 laps -1 lap
30 26 LMP2 2 -10 laps Mailleux/Ordonez/Ayari Oreca 03 Nissan 290 -42 laps -1 lap
31 35 LMP2 3 -13 laps Barlesi/da Rocha/Lafargue Oak Pescarolo Judd 287 -45 laps -3 laps
32 077 GTC 7 -17 laps Potter/Stanton/Marsh Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 282 -50 laps -5 laps
33 33 LMP2 4 -20 laps Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa Lola Honda 280 -52 laps -2 laps
34 023 GTC 8 -20 laps Sweedler/Keen/Wong Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 279 -53 laps -1 lap
35 002 GT 10 -44 laps Brown/Cosmo/Bell Ferrari F458 Italia 268 -64 laps -11 laps
36 062 GT 11 -46 laps Melo/Vilander/Salo Ferrari F458 Italia 266 -66 laps -2 laps
37 004 GT 12 -51 laps Murry/Lazzaro/Braun Doran Ford GT 261 -71 laps -5 laps
38 098 GT 13 -56 laps Jones/Moran/Wilden Jaguar XKR 256 -76 laps -5 laps
39 63 GTE-AM 2 -50 laps Lietz/Roda/Ried Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 252 -80 laps -4 laps
40 018 LMPC 5 -66 laps Nicolosi/Boon/Lueders Oreca FLM09 246 -86 laps -6 laps
41 048 GT 14 -81 laps Miller/Rast/Maassen Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 231 -101 laps -15 laps
42 62 GTE-AM 3 -76 laps Ehret/Lynn/Wills Ferrari F430 226 -106 laps -5 laps
43 15 LMP1 9 -110 laps Lahaye/Moreau/Ragues Oak Pescarolo Judd 222 -110 laps -4 laps
44 017 GT 15 -92 laps Henzler/Sellers/Ragginger Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 220 -112 laps -2 laps
45 038 LMPC 6 -109 laps Moro/Mowlem/Lombard Oreca FLM09 203 -129 laps -17 laps
46 052 LMPC 7 -127 laps Dobson/Lewis/Richard Oreca FLM09 185 -147 laps -18 laps
47 06 LMP1 10 -181 laps Pickett/Graf/Luhr AMR/ Lola Coupe B08 62 151 -181 laps -34 laps
48 24 LMP1 11 -221 laps Nicolet/Hein/Yvon Oak Pescarolo Judd 111 -221 laps -40 laps
49 032 GTC 9 -212 laps Curtis/Sofronas/Seyffarth Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 87 -245 laps -24 laps
50 089 LMPC 8 -226 laps Marcelli/Drissi/Mitchell Oreca FLM09 86 -246 laps -1 lap
51 001 GT 16 -263 laps Sharp/van Overbeek/Farnbacher Ferrari F458 Italia 49 -283 laps -37 laps
52 50 GTE-AM 4 -265 laps Bornhauser/Canal/Gardel Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 37 -295 laps -12 laps
53 099 GT 17 -277 laps Junqueira/da Matta/Servia Jaguar XKR 35 -297 laps -2 laps
54 050 GT 18 -293 laps James/Leuenberger Panoz Abruzzi 19 -313 laps -16 laps
55 008 GT 19 -302 laps Pastorelli/Schwager Lamborghini Gallardo LP5 10 -322 laps -9 laps
56 60 GTE-AM 5 -297 laps Giroix/Goethe/Wainwright Aston Martin Vantage 5 -327 laps -5 laps

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