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Sebring Thursday night : Marc Gene goes fastest
Marc Gene
Marc Gene went back to the top of the timing screen Thursday night with the quickest time in Thursday’s night practice for the 58th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. The Spanish star turned a lap of 1:45.494 (126.263 mph) in the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP that he will share with fellow reigning Le Mans 24 Hours winner Alexander Wurz and Anthony Davidson in the opening round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n.

Gene, a test driver for Ferrari’s F1 team, was 0.317 seconds better than Pedro Lamy in the sister Peugeot diesel. He set a time of 1:45.811 (125.885 mph) in the prototype he is driving with Sebastien Bourdais and Nic Minassian, who were fastest in the morning and afternoon practice, respectively.

Aston Martin Racing’s Lola B09/60-Aston Martin sat third in the night session with Adrian Fernandez turning the car’s fastest lap – a 1:48.180 (123.128 mph) effort. He will drive with Harold Primat and Stefan Mücke.

In LMP2, Patr¢n Highcroft Racing’s David Brabham went quickest in the Honda Performance Development ARX-01c that he will drive with Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti. Brabham’s lap of 1:48.711 (122.527 mph) was good for a 2.278-second advantage over Klaus Graf in the Muscle Milk Team Cytosport Porsche RS Spyder. Graf will drive the car with team owner Greg Pickett and Sascha Maassen, a four-time class winner at Sebring.

Dyson Racing newcomer Andy Meyrick was third in P2 with a lap of 1:55.700 (115.700 mph) in the isobutanol-powered Lola B09/86-Mazda that he will drive with Chris Dyson and Guy Smith.

The top three in LMP Challenge – featuring ORECA’s FLM09 prototype – were separated by a scant 0.372 seconds. Genoa Racing’s JR Hildebrand went fastest at 1:57.393 (113.465 mph) in the car he will drive with Andy Wallace and Tom Sutherland. Ryan Hunter-Reay was only 0.078 seconds behind in the first of two Level 5 Motorsports entries; he is teaming with James Gue and Scott Tucker.

Mark Wilkins was third in the second Level 5 prototype that he will share with Tucker and Christophe Bouchut. Wilkins’ best lap was a 1:57.765 (113.107 mph).

BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team went 1-2 in GT2 for the third consecutive session. Dirk Müller put the BMW M3 that he is driving with Joey Hand and Andy Priaulx out front with a lap of 2:01.928 (109.245 mph), good enough for a 0.607-second advantage over Bill Auberlen in the second M3. Auberlen will team with Tommy Milner and Dirk Werner.

Johannes van Overbeek was third-fastest in Extreme Speed Motorsports’ Ferrari F430 GT. The ex-Flying Lizard Motorsports pilot posted a lap of 2:02.593 (108.652 mph) in the Ferrari that he will drive with Scott Sharp and Dominik Farnbacher.

The closeness of the top GT2 runners was just as impressive as LMPC with the top five cars within 0.977 seconds.

Leh Keen went quickest in GT Challenge for Alex Job Racing in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup that he will drive with Juan Gonzalez and Butch Leitzinger. Keen’s second-to-last lap was his best – a time of 2:08.012 (104.053 mph). He was 0.239 seconds better than Patrick Kelly in the Car Amigo-AJR Porsche with Luis Diaz and Ricardo Gonzalez. Kelly’s best lap was a 2:08.251 (103.859 mph). Andy Lally was third for TRG with 2:08.255 (103.856 mph) in the Porsche he will drive with Henri Richard and Duncan Ende.

The first four cars were separated by just 0.418 seconds.

Friday’s qualifying session is scheduled for 1:50 p.m. ET with americanlemans.com offering a live video stream of both prototype and GT sessions.


Pos Num CL Car Driver Time Behind Fastest Driver
1 07 P1 Peugeot 908 HDI FAP Marc Gene 1:45.494 --- Anthony Davidson
2 08 P1 Peugeot 908 HDI FAP Nicolas Minassian 1:45.811 -0.317 Pedro Lamy
3 007 P1 Lola B09 60/Aston Martin Stefan Mucke 1:48.180 -2.686 Adrian Fernandez
4 1 P2 HPD ARX-01c David Brabham 1:48.711 -3.217 David Brabham
5 8 P1 Lola B09 60/Judd Jonny Cocker 1:49.888 -4.394 Jonny Cocker
6 6 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Klaus Graf 1:50.989 -5.495 Klaus Graf
7 12 P1 Lola B06 10/AER Tony Burgess 1:52.287 -6.793 Pierre Ehert
8 16 P2 Lola B09 86/Mazda Andy Meyrick 1:55.700 -10.206 Andy Meyrick
9 36 LMPC Oreca FLM09 Tom Sutherland 1:57.393 -11.899 JR Hildebrand
10 95 LMPC Oreca FLM09 James Gue 1:57.471 -11.977 Ryan Hunter-Reay
11 55 LMPC Oreca FLM09 Christophe Bouchut 1:57.765 -12.271 Mark Wilkins
12 11 LMPC Oreca FLM09 Kyle Marcelli 2:00.497 -15.003 Kyle Marcelli
13 99 LMPC Oreca FLM09 Elton Julian 2:01.355 -15.861 Gunnar Jeannette
14 90 GT2 BMW E92 M3 Andy Priaulx 2:01.928 -16.434 Dirk Mueller
15 92 GT2 BMW E92 M3 Tommy Milner 2:02.535 -17.041 Bill Auberlen
16 01 GT2 Ferrari 430 GT Scott Sharp 2:02.593 -17.099 Johannes van Overb
17 02 GT2 Ferrari 430 GT Guy Cosmo 2:02.847 -17.353 Guy Cosmo
18 3 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Jan Magnussen 2:02.905 -17.411 Jan Magnussen
19 62 GT2 Ferrari 430 GT Gianmaria Bruni 2:03.066 -17.572 Gianmaria Bruni
20 45 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Jorg Bergmeister 2:03.184 -17.690 Jorg Bergmeister
21 4 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Oliver Gavin 2:03.259 -17.765 Olivier Beretta
22 17 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Patrick Pilet 2:03.305 -17.811 Wolf Henzler
23 61 GT2 Ferrari 430 GT Nic Jonsson 2:05.678 -20.184 Eric van de Poele
24 40 GT2 Doran Design Ford GT Andrea Robertson 2:06.430 -20.936 David Murry
25 81 GTC Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Leh Keen 2:08.012 -22.518 Leh Keen
26 80 GTC Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Patrick Kelly 2:08.251 -22.757 Patrick Kelly
27 63 GTC Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Henri Richard 2:08.255 -22.761 Andy Lally
28 32 GTC Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Andy Pilgrim 2:08.430 -22.936 James Sofronas
29 23 GTC Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Romeo Kapudija 2:10.062 -24.568 Romeo Kapudija
30 44 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Darren Law 2:11.573 -26.079 Darren Law
31 69 GTC Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Galen Bieker 2:11.688 -26.194 Robert Rodriguez
32 88 GTC Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Lawson Aschenbach 2:11.838 -26.344 Lawson Aschenbach
33 89 LMPC Oreca FLM09 Mitch Pagerey 2:24.812 -39.318 Mitch Pagerey
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