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DATE News (chronologically)
03/19/09
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Montagny sets fast time in Thursday night practice  
Franck Montagny
Peugeot’s Franck Montagny set the fastest time in the annual Thursday night practice for the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida, a 1:45.920 (125.755 mph) lap around the 3.7-mile, 17-turn circuit in one of the two diesel-powered 908 HDis.

The Frenchman, driving with fellow countrymen Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastien Bourdais was barely ahead of Allan McNish, Audi Sport’s Scottish superstar. Driving the brand new R15 TDI, McNish was just 0.073 seconds behind Montagny.

Times were slower than normal at the start following a late afternoon shower that soaked the circuit an hour before the session. Standing water remained on parts of the circuit at the start with the track staying slightly damp in the later periods.

McNish is driving with Dindo Capello and Tom Kristensen as the trio looks to win at Sebring after taking victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2008. The second Peugeot of Christian Klien, who is driving with Pedro Lamy and Nic Minassian, was third.

The pole-sitting de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-02a was fourth overall.

In LMP2, Chris Dyson was the fastest driver of the session. He turned a lap of 1:59.032 (111.903 mph) in one of the team’s new Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 coupes. He was well ahead of the P2 pole-winning Acura of Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz along with the sister Dyson Lola-Mazda of Butch Leitzinger, Marino Franchitti and Ben Devlin.

All-time Sebring victory leader Johnny O’Connell was the fastest GT1 driver in the final night practice for the Corvette C6.R GT1 car. O’Connell posted a time of 2:01.296 (109.814 mph) in the car that he will share with Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia to outpace the sister entry.

The second ’Vette of Olivier Beretta, pole-winner Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler managed a best lap of 2:15.046 (98.633 mph).

In GT2, Gianmaria Bruni continued the impressive showing for Advanced Engineering Pecom Racing and its Ferrari F430 GT. Bruni, in his second straight Sebring 12 Hours, turned in a lap of 2:04.232 (107.219 mph) to outpace Risi Competizione’s Ferrari of Pierre Kaffer and Mika Salo by 0.754 seconds.

The lead Flying Lizard Motorsports entry of Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Marc Lieb was the quickest Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at 2:05.464 (106.166 mph).

The final official practice session is scheduled for 9:55 a.m. ET on Friday.

Results

Pos

Car CL Driver Lap Time Behind Gap
1 08 P1 Franck Montagny 1:45.920 --- ---
2 2 P1 Allan McNish 1:45.993 -0.073 -0.073
3 07 P1 Pedro Lamy 1:47.999 -2.079 -2.006
4 66 P1 Scott Dixon 1:57.027 -11.107 -9.028
5 16 P2 Chris Dyson 1:59.032 -13.112 -2.005
6 37 P1 Chapman Ducote 2:00.525 -14.605 -1.493
7 1 P1 Lucas Luhr 2:01.296 -15.376 -0.771
8 3 GT1 Johnny O'Connell 2:01.719 -15.799 -0.423
9 9 P1 Franchitti, Brabha 2:03.445 -17.525 -1.726
10 95 GT2 Mathias Russo 2:04.232 -18.312 -0.787
11 62 GT2 Mika Salo 2:04.986 -19.066 -0.754
12 45 GT2 Patrick Long 2:05.464 -19.544 -0.478
13 90 GT2 Joey Hand 2:05.679 -19.759 -0.215
14 007 GT2 Robert Bell 2:06.384 -20.464 -0.705
15 28 GT2 Eric Curran 2:07.273 -21.353 -0.889
16 44 GT2 Darren Law 2:08.584 -22.664 -1.311
17 15 P2 Adrian Fernandez 2:11.220 -25.300 -2.636
18 21 GT2 Ian James 2:11.773 -25.853 -0.553
19 12 P1 Bryan Willman 2:15.038 -29.118 -3.265
20 4 GT1 Olivier Beretta 2:15.046 -29.126 -0.008
21 20 P2 Devlin, Leitzinger 2:16.632 -30.712 -1.586
22 92 GT2 Dirk Mueller 2:17.030 -31.110 -0.398
23 61 GT2 Nic Jonsson 2:20.601 -34.681 -3.571
24 18 GT2 Nicky Pastorelli 2:20.797 -34.877 -0.196
25 87 GT2 Richard Lietz 2:22.374 -36.454 -1.577
26 40 GT2 Andrea Robertson 2:22.756 -36.836 -0.382
27 11 GT2 Feinberg, Holt/Hal 2:27.062 -41.142 -4.306

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