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03/21/09
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Sebring Hour 3: Peugeot 1-2
Nic Minassian led after three hours at the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida as Peugeot held the top two spots over fellow diesel challengers Audi. The Frenchman led by a second over Stephane Sarrazin, who in turn was just ahead of Simon Pagenaud in de Ferran Motorsports’ Acura ARX-02a.

Minassian took the lead on a different fuel strategy in the second hour with all four cars in the same pit window going forward. The top five cars were on the lead lap with Audi’s two R15 TDIs sitting fourth and fifth.

Jon Field’s Lola-AER stalled with a fuel pickup issue just before the three-hour mark to bring out the race’s second yellow-flag period.

Acura also led LMP2 with Adrian Fernandez in the Lowe’s Fernandez Racing Acura ARX-01b holding a one-lap lead over Marino Franchitti in Dyson Racing’s lead Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 coupe. Guy Smith was third in the second Dyson prototype which saw an extended stop in the second hour and was two further laps behind.

Jan Magnussen led in GT1 for Corvette Racing in the Corvette C6.R that is making its final appearance at Sebring. Magnussen led Oliver Gavin by nine seconds in the sister Corvette.

Risi Competizione led in GT2 by a full lap with Mika Salo at the wheel of the team’s Ferrari F430. The Prancing Horse was first and second with Mathias Russo in the Advanced Engineering Pecom Racing Team.

Tommy Milner sat third for BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team in class in a very promising debut for the team’s new BMW M3. He was a lap back of Russo’s Ferrari.

3-Hour Standings

Pos

Num CL CP Car Driver Laps Behind Gap Best Lap
1 07 P1 1 Peugeot 908 HDI FAP Christian Klien 96 --- --- 1:45.208
2 08 P1 2 Peugeot 908 HDI FAP Sebastien Bourdais 96 -0.980 -0.980 1:45.282
3 66 P1 3 Acura ARX-02a Simon Pagenaud 96 -2.236 -1.256 1:47.373
4 2 P1 4 Audi R15 TDI Tom Kristensen 96 -6.667 -4.431 1:45.232
5 1 P1 5 Audi R15 TDI Lucas Luhr 96 -7.604 -0.937 1:45.371
6 9 P1 6 Acura ARX-02a Scott Sharp 95 -1 lap -1 lap 1:47.451
7 15 P2 1 Acura ARX-01B Adrian Fernandez 94 -2 lap -1 lap 1:51.367
8 20 P2 2 Lola B09 86 Mazda Ben Devlin 91 -5 lap -3 lap 1:52.752
9 12 P1 7 Lola B06/10 AER Tony Burgess 90 -6 lap -1 lap 1:51.773
10 16 P2 3 Lola B09 86 Mazda Andy Lally 90 -6 lap -109.491 1:51.975
11 3 GT1 1 Corvette C6-R Jan Magnussen 89 -7 lap -1 lap 1:57.801
12 4 GT1 2 Corvette C6-R Oliver Gavin 89 -7 lap -2.146 1:57.696
13 62 GT2 1 Ferrari F430 GT Pierre Kaffer 86 -10 lap -3 lap 2:04.311
14 92 GT2 2 BMW E92 M3 Dirk Mueller 85 -11 lap -1 lap 2:04.887
15 95 GT2 3 Ferrari 430 GT Luis Companc 85 -11 lap -7.360 2:04.017
16 21 GT2 4 Panoz Esperante GTLM Ford Dominik Farnbacher 84 -12 lap -1 lap 2:04.716
17 61 GT2 5 Ferrari F430 GT Eric van de Poele 84 -12 lap -12.717 2:05.073
18 44 GT2 6 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Johannes van Overb 83 -13 lap -1 lap 2:05.008
19 28 GT2 7 Chevrolet Riley Corvette C6 Lou Gigliotti 82 -14 lap -1 lap 2:05.095
20 45 GT2 8 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Marc Lieb 81 -15 lap -1 lap 2:03.365
21 11 GT2 9 Dodge Viper Comp Coupe Ritchie Holt 80 -16 lap -1 lap 2:06.479
22 007 GT2 10 Aston Martin Vantage GT2 Paul Drayson 79 -17 lap -1 lap 2:05.468
23 37 P1 8 Lola B06/10 AER Jon Field 77 -19 lap -2 lap 1:50.148
24 40 GT2 11 Doran Ford GT MK 7 David Robertson 71 -25 lap -6 lap 2:05.581
25 87 GT2 12 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Wolf Henzler 49 -47 lap -22 lap 2:03.754
26 90 GT2 13 BMW E92 M3 Joey Hand 27 -69 lap -22 lap 2:05.175

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