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03/21/09
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Sebring Hour 6: Peugeot and Audi battle at halfway  The battle between Audi, Peugeot and Acura was living up to expectations halfway through the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. Peugeot’s Franck Montagny moved ahead of Audi’s Allan McNish under a pit stop near the six-hour mark at America’s greatest sports car race.

McNish was leading by a half-second in the new Audi R15 TDI when the two cars pitted. The Peugeot 908 HDi took only fuel while the Audi took diesel and tires. That put Montagny up by 14 seconds.

Mike Rockenfeller was third in the second Audi with Gil de Ferran’s Acura ARX-02a still in contention and barely a lap down.

Lowe’s Fernandez Racing seemed well on its way to an LMP2 victory with a flawless run in the Acura ARX-01b for Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz. They were several laps in front of Dyson Racing’s two Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 coupes that had mechanical issues.

Corvette Racing’s two Corvette C6.Rs were on the same lap with Jan Magnussen holding a 1.118-second advantage over Oliver Gavin in GT1. This year’s Sebring race is the last in the class for the team, which is moving to GT2 in August.

Jaime Melo led a Ferrari F430 GT 1-2 in the GT2 class. Melo in Risi Competizione’s Ferrari was two laps ahead of Gianmaria Bruni in the Advanced Engineering Pecom Racing entry. The two drivers were part of Risi’s winning lineup at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last season.

Dominik Farnbacher sat third in GT2 in the Panoz Esperante GTLM of Panoz Team PTG. He was a lap down to Bruni.

6:15 Hour Standings (3rd place not really lap down - had not crossed line yet)

Pos

Num CL CP Car Driver Laps Behind Gap
1 08 P1 1 Peugeot 908 HDI FAP Franck Montagny 197 --- ---
2 2 P1 2 Audi R15 TDI Allan McNish 197 -8.962 -8.962
3 1 P1 3 Audi R15 TDI Mike Rockenfeller 196 -1 lap -1 lap
4 66 P1 4 Acura ARX-02a Gil de Ferran 194 -3 lap -2 lap
5 9 P1 5 Acura ARX-02a David Brabham 193 -4 lap -1 lap
6 07 P1 6 Peugeot 908 HDI FAP Pedro Lamy 188 -9 lap -5 lap
7 15 P2 1 Acura ARX-01B Luis Diaz 186 -11 lap -2 lap
8 3 GT1 1 Corvette C6.R Jan Magnussen 180 -17 lap -6 lap
9 4 GT1 2 Corvette C6.R Oliver Gavin 179 -18 lap -1 lap
10 62 GT2 1 Ferrari F430 GT Jaime Melo 173 -24 lap -6 lap
11 95 GT2 2 Ferrari 430 GT Gianmaria Bruni 171 -26 lap -2 lap
12 21 GT2 3 Panoz Esperante GTLM Ford Ian James 170 -27 lap -1 lap
13 44 GT2 4 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Darren Law 168 -29 lap -2 lap
14 61 GT2 5 Ferrari F430 GT Tracy Krohn 168 -29 lap -17.019
15 45 GT2 6 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Marc Lieb 167 -30 lap -1 lap
16 007 GT2 7 Aston Martin Vantage GT2 Jonny Cocker 162 -35 lap -5 lap
17 11 GT2 8 Dodge Viper Comp Coupe Ritchie Holt 157 -40 lap -5 lap
18 40 GT2 9 Doran Ford GT MK 7 David Murry 150 -47 lap -7 lap
19 20 P2 2 Lola B09 86 Mazda Butch Leitzinger 149 -48 lap -1 lap
20 92 GT2 10 BMW E92 M3 Tommy Milner 140 -57 lap -9 lap
21 16 P2 3 Lola B09 86 Mazda Andy Lally 127 -70 lap -13 lap
22 87 GT2 11 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Richard Lietz 125 -72 lap -2 lap
23 12 P1 7 Lola B06/10 AER Bryan Willman 105 -92 lap -20 lap
24 28 GT2 12 Chevrolet Riley Corvette C6 Gigliotti/Curran/M 89 -108 lap -16 lap
25 37 P1 8 Lola B06/10 AER Jon Field 77 -120 lap -12 lap
26 90 GT2 13 BMW E92 M3 Joey Hand 27 -170 lap -50 lap

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