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1 Christian Fittipaldi 220
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2 Eric Curran 216
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15 #24 Porsche Centre Oakville 21

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2 Honda 227
3 Mazda 212
4 Bmw 56
5 Ford 30
McNish, Audi Start Strong in Sebring Testing

Monday, March 12, 2012


Allan McNish in the Audi R18
Audi Sport Team Joest’s Allan McNish set the best time of Monday’s opening test for the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The three-time winner of America’s greatest sports car race set a time of 1:47.187 (125.612 mph) in the Audi R18 he will share with Dindo Capello and Tom Kristensen.

McNish led a trio of Audis at the top of the time sheets Monday afternoon. The R18 of Marcel Faessler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer sat just 0.667 seconds back. The reigning Le Mans 24 Hours winners were ahead of Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Loic Duval; their car set a best time of 1:48.294 (124.328 mph).

This year’s Sebring race marks the opening round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n and the new FIA World Endurance Championship. Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s HPD ARX-03a of Klaus Graf, Lucas Luhr and Simon Pagenaud led the ALMS contingent at 1:50.231 (122.143 mph) – good enough for fourth on the day

Level 5 Motorsports, the defending P2 champion at Sebring and in the ALMS, was quickest in class with its HPD ARX-03b prototype. The car of Scott Tucker, Luis Diaz and Ryan Hunter-Reay turned a lap of 1:52.055 (120.155 mph) that put it nearly 1.5 seconds ahead of the sister car.

The second Level 5 HPD of Tucker, Christophe Bouchut and Joao Barbosa was at 1:53.538 (118.586 mph) and sat 0.782 seconds clear of Greaves Motorsports’ Zytek-Nissan.

In GT, Luxury Racing went quickest with its Ferrari F458 GT. The car – driven by Frédéric Makowiecki, Jaime Melo and Jean-Karl Verne\ay – posted a lap of 2:00.830 (111.429 mph) and led two of the ALMS’ stalwarts by 0.632 seconds.

Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Marco Holzer set the second-fastest time in the class at 2:01.155 (111.130 mph). Corvette Racing’s Corvette C6.R of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook was third, just 0.307 seconds behind their Porsche rivals.

Dempsey Racing led Prototype Challenge with a lap of 1:55.540 (116.531 mph) in the ORECA FLM09 driven by Henri Richard, Duncan Ende and Dane Cameron. Performance Tech’s trio of Anthony Nicolosi, Ricardo Vera and Raphael Matos was just 0.187 seconds back; PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ trio of Ken Dobson, Butch Leitzinger and Rudy Junco was third at 1:55.917 (116.152 mph).

Luxury Racing also held the top spot in GTE Am with the Ferrari of Pierre Ehret, Dominik Farnbacher and Francois Jakubowski setting a time of 2:02.893 (109.559 mph). Team Felbermayr-Proton’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Christian Ried, Gianluca Roda and Paolo Ruberti sat second and just 0.377 seconds behind the class-leading Ferrari.

In GT Challenge, Green Hornet Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Peter LeSaffre, Damien Faulkner and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen went fastest at 2:06.899 (106.100 mph). That time put the Green Hornet racer 0.256 seconds ahead of NGT Motorsport’s trio of Sean Edwards, Henrique Cisneros and Carlos Kauffmann.

Alex Job Racing’s Porsche of Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen and LP Dumoulin was a further 0.325 seconds back.

Tuesday’s testing is set to begin at 11:50 a.m. ET.


Class No Drivers Car Tire Laps Best lap Behind Gap
P1 2 Capello/Kristensen/McNish Audi R18 M 88 1:47.187 0.00s 0.00s
P1 1 Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer Audi R18 M 77 1:47.864 0.68s 0.68s
P1 3 Bernhard/Dumas/Duval Audi R18 M 82 1:48.294 1.11s 0.43s
P1 6 Luhr/Graf/Pagenaud HPD ARX-03a M 34 1:50.231 3.04s 1.94s
P1 12 Prost/Jani/Heidfeld Lola B12/60 Coupé M 69 1:50.619 3.43s 0.39s
P1 15 Moreau/Baguette/Kraihamer Oak Pescarolo D 59 1:50.742 3.56s 0.12s
P2 95 Tucker/Diaz/Hunter-Reay HPD ARX-03b D 34 1:52.055 4.87s 1.31s
P1 016 Dyson/Smith/Kane Lola B12/60 D 26 1:52.366 5.18s 0.31s
P1 13 Belicchi/Primat/Bleekemolen Lola B12/60 Coupé M 69 1:52.424 5.24s 0.06s
P1 16 Collard/Boullion/Jousse Pescarolo M 69 1:52.872 5.69s 0.45s
P2 055 Tucker/C.Bouchut/J.Bouchut HPD ARX-03b D 63 1:53.538 6.35s 0.67s
P1 21 Leventis/Watts/Kane HPD ARX 03a M 47 1:54.179 6.99s 0.64s
P2 41 Zugel/Gonzalez/Julian Zytek Z11SN D 55 1:54.320 7.13s 0.14s
P2 37 Plowman/Hansson/Dracone Morgan D 37 1:54.568 7.38s 0.25s
P2 23 Tresson/Mailleux/Lombard Oreca 03 D 45 1:54.827 7.64s 0.26s
P2 49 Companc/Kaffer/Ayari Oreca 03 D 55 1:54.905 7.72s 0.08s
P2 25 Graves/Kerr/Martin Oreca 03 D 58 1:55.429 8.24s 0.52s
PC 025 Richard/Ende/Cameron Oreca FLM09 M 37 1:55.540 8.35s 0.11s
PC 18 Nicolosi/Vera/Matos Oreca FLM09 M 11 1:55.727 8.54s 0.19s
PC 52 Leitzinger/Dobson/Junco Oreca FLM09 M 46 1:55.917 8.73s 0.19s
PC 9 Junqueira/Drissi/Gonzalez Oreca FLM09 M 58 1:56.076 8.89s 0.16s
PC 7 Ducote/Echeverria/Sanchez Oreca FLM09 M 53 1:57.413 10.23s 1.34s
PC 5 Guasch/Gidley/Wills Oreca FLM09 M 33 1:57.646 10.46s 0.23s
PC 06 Popow/Viso/Friselle Oreca FLM09 M 26 1:58.188 11.00s 0.54s
PC 05 Bennett/Braun/Lux Oreca FLM09 M 37 1:58.309 11.12s 0.12s
P2 54 Pappas/Curtis/Fogarty ? 11 1:58.465 11.28s 0.16s
P2 31 Holzer/Shultis/Moro Lola B12/80 Coupé D 63 1:59.374 12.19s 0.91s
PC 8 Marcelli/Downs/Stirling Oreca FLM09 M 31 1:59.457 12.27s 0.08s
GT 59 Makowiecki/Melo/Vernay Ferrari F458 Italia M 41 2:00.830 13.64s 1.37s
GT 45 Bergmeister/Long/Holzer Porsche 911 GT3 RSR M 36 2:01.155 13.97s 0.33s
GT 4 Gavin/Milner/Westbrook Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 M 46 2:01.462 14.28s 0.31s
GT 51 Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander Ferrari F458 Italia M 30 2:01.475 14.29s 0.01s
GT 03 Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 M 47 2:01.487 14.30s 0.01s
GT 56 Hand/Mueller/Summerton BMW E92 M3 D 47 2:01.489 14.30s 0.00s
GT 77 Lietz/Lieb/Pilet Porsche 911 RSR M 38 2:01.639 14.45s 0.15s
GT 17 Henzler/Sellers/Ragginger Porsche 911 GT3 RSR F 29 2:01.765 14.58s 0.13s
GT 155 Mueller/Auberlen/Alzen BMW E92 M3 D 48 2:01.849 14.66s 0.08s
GT 71 Bertolini/Beretta Ferrari F458 Italia M 58 2:02.093 14.91s 0.24s
GT 044 Neiman/Law/Lally Porsche 911 GT3 RSR M 52 2:02.701 15.51s 0.61s
GT 48 Miller/Maassen/Bell Porsche 911 GT3 RSR D 35 2:02.781 15.59s 0.08s
GTE-AM 58 Ehret/Farnbacher/Jakubowski Ferrari F458 Italia M 25 2:02.893 15.71s 0.11s
GT 97 Muecke/Fernandez/Turner Aston Martin Vantage M 65 2:02.970 15.78s 0.08s
GTE-AM 88 Ried/Roda/Ruberti Porsche 911 RSR M 39 2:03.270 16.08s 0.30s
GTE-AM 50 Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 M 37 2:04.372 17.19s 1.10s
GTE-AM 70 Bourret/Gibon/Belloc Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 M 45 2:04.396 17.21s 0.02s
P2 44 Potolicchio/Dalziel/Sarrazin HPD ARX 03b D 6 2:05.425 18.24s 1.03s
GTE-AM 57 Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo Ferrari F458 Italia D 18 2:05.442 18.26s 0.02s
GTE-AM 55 Binnie/Palttala/Camathias Porsche 911 RSR P 35 2:05.448 18.26s 0.01s
GTC 34 LeSaffre/Faulkner/Bleekemolen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 42 2:06.899 19.71s 1.45s
GTE-AM 61 Kauffman/Waltrip/Aguas Ferrari F458 Italia M 53 2:07.102 19.92s 0.20s
GTC 30 Cisneros/Edwards/Kauffmann Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 32 2:07.155 19.97s 0.05s
GTC 022 MacNeil/Keen/Dumoulin Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 52 2:07.408 20.22s 0.25s
GTC 66 Pumpelly/Di Guida/Bunting Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 34 2:08.064 20.88s 0.66s
GTC 11 Cumming/Bullitt/Valiante Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 51 2:08.418 21.23s 0.35s
GTC 023 Sweedler/Bell/von Moltke Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 24 2:08.773 21.59s 0.36s
GTC 024 Faieta/Avenatti/Wagner Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 51 2:08.905 21.72s 0.13s
GTC 32 Sofronas/Welch/Villineuve Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Y 52 2:09.359 22.17s 0.45s


Ricardo Gonzalez, Greaves Motorsport
No. 41 Zytek Z11SN-Nissan (LMP2)

It’s hard to setup the car when there is traffic like this on the circuit and we are stopping and starting. You have a lot of to play with to help the car be easier to drive and go faster. But at the same time there are many things that can have you take the car the other direction. You need to break the barrier inside you to get the right amount of speed and balance. I did 15 laps at Silverstone before we came here, so this is the first time I’ve had a long stint in the car. There is still room for growth, for sure. To get a clean lap here is very difficult and can be frustrating. But at the end of the day it is the same for everyone.

Martin Plowman, Conquest Endurance
No 37 Morgan-Judd (P2)
“This is very different, for sure. It would have been good to get some time in the car before this week to get familiar but this is OK. It feels really good to be back in a race car. This is a very nice car to drive. You can push it to the limit and not worry about getting out of shape; I did that a couple of times. Turns 1 and 17 take a lot of local knowledge. I was still trying to figure out the right line throughout the day.”

Dindo Capello, Audi Sport Team Joest
Audi R18 (LMP1)
“It is very difficult with the traffic. There are more cars that Petit Le Mans last year but also the track is longer. I would say it will be the same difficulty. The more challenging part here at Sebring is that you go off line much more than Road Atlanta, and the pickup is much worse – dirt, grass and other bits on the tires. It’s very difficult to get that pickup off the tires.”

Steven Kane, Dyson Racing
Lola B12/60-Mazda (P1)
“Lola always produces a good car and from all the figures we have seen through the winter it is going to be a great performer. Everybody has been commenting on how fantastic it looks and from a driver standpoint, it has good comfort and functionality in the cockpit. I did two laps on Saturday to get familiar with the car and I was waiting to experience all the bumps people talk about and to be fair, did not think is was as bad as I thought it would be. I am looking forward to getting out there and doing more laps. This is my first time here and am really glad to be here at such a famous circuit during such a race famous weekend.”

The 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n begins with the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on Saturday on March 17. The race, set for 10:30 a.m. ET, will be broadcast at noon March 18 on ABC and shown live on ESPN3.

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