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03/16/07
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Pirro fastest in Friday AM session at Sebring
Emanuele Pirro was the quickest driver in Friday morning’s session for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as Audi kept up a streak that has seen it at the top of every timing report this week for the American Le Mans Series season opener. The Italian, a winner at Sebring for Audi in 2000, turned in a lap of 1:48.138 in his Audi R10 TDI.

Pirro, teaming with Marco Werner and Frank Biela set the time on his first flying lap of the session. He was more than a second ahead of the sister car of Allan McNish, Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen, the next quickest car in class. It was the same car badly damaged in a crash during Thursday’s night session with Dindo Capello at the wheel. Crews rebuilt the car and had it ready at the start of Friday morning.

“I personally was ok,” Capello said. “The car today seems to be checking out ok. The car is running well but not running as well as before the incident but we are using this session to fine tune the car to get it back to where it was. I have to commend the Audi crew and team for working all night to get the car back together.”

Second overall and first in LMP2 was Romain Dumas in the first of Penske Racing’s Porsche RS Spyders. The Frenchman’s time of 1:48.687 was 0.369 seconds behind the lead Audi and comfortably ahead of the Lowe’s Fernandez Racing Lola-Acura.

Mika Salo kept Risi Competizione and Ferrari at the top of the GT2 class with a lap of 2:05.234 in a Ferrari F430 GT. Flying Lizard Motorsports’ two Porsches were next in class with the No. 45 entry of Jörg Bergmeister, Johannes van Overbeek and Marc Lieb the fastest of the team cars.

None of the GT1 class cars posted times. The next on-track session for the American Le Mans Series is at 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday.

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