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DATE News (chronologically)
03/19/11
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Sebring: Hour 5 standings  Almost Halfway into the 12-hour endurance race at Sebring raceway in Florida, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup is turning into a four-way battle. Not only are the favorite Audi and Peugeot works cars fighting for the lead, but also the Oreca Matmut Peugeot and the Highcroft Honda had their moment to lead this classic race. The first round of the ILMC series has already had its share of drama in all classes. The large crowd not only saw close battles in the LMP1 class, but also in the popular GT class. In that category too there were many lead changes in the first half of the race.

Run in perfect Florida weather, the 59th annual 12 Hours of Sebring soon became a close fight between the Audis and the Peugeots. However within the first hours the number one Audi, with Rockenfeller behind the wheel, suffered from two punctures. Last year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner lost many laps, but after repairs was able to continue. Then there was more drama for the German manufacturer when Peugeot driver Marc Gene ran into Dindo Capello while braking going into Turn 17. Both cars were slightly damaged and had to go to the garage for repairs. The overall lead became a battle between the Peugeot of Sarrazin – who started from the pole – and the American Highcroft Honda. Surprisingly the American car, with an international trio of drivers, showed a lot of speed. The Honda engine is fuelled by E-10 gasoline, versus the Diesel fuel used by the Peugeots. The overall battle became more intense when the Oreca Matmut Peugeot, a works car from last year, took the lead for a while. At exactly halfway through the race, the 70,000-strong race crowd around the historic raceway was delighted to find Franck Montagny’s Peugeot in the lead. He had a 23-second advantage over the Highcroft Honda with Marino Franchitti – the younger brother of Indy 500 champion Dario – behind the wheel at the time.

In the LMP2 class, the Honda Lola Coupe had a three-lap margin over the second placed spider version while early class leader Oreca Nissan, retired with gearbox problems after 87 laps. The popular GT Class had its share of action as well with the Aston Martin out after only five laps and the exotic Lamborghini only completing ten laps. After two hours of racing, American driver Patrick Long slid his Porsche into the Corvette driven by Jan Magnussen. Both cars spun coming out of Turn 17 and in trying to avoid these cars, Johannes van Overbeek crashed his new Ferrari F458 Italia into the tyrewall. Although there were no casualties, damage was severe. At the halfway mark the other Ferrari F458 Italia, belonging to Risi Competizione, had a narrow lead over the BMW’s. Five GT cars, representing four manufacturers, are running in the same lap, proof of the true excitement in this class.

To promote ‘green racing’ the American Le Mans Series has created a special trophy in conjunction with tire manufacturer Michelin: the Michelin Green X Challenge. The winner will be the team that is fastest, cleanest and most efficient. This program is now running in its third year and has seen 12 different cars from 14 different teams and nine manufacturers as previous winners. Winners of the 2011 Challenge will receive automatic invitations for entry at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2012.

The Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, of which Rolex is a proud supporter, will have its second race on May 8 at the Belgian Spa-Francorchamps racetrack. In total there will be seven races in the cup, including the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race in June.

Standings after 5 hours

Pos

Num CL CP Beh. Cl Driver Car Laps Behind Gap
1 10 LMP1 1 --- Olivier Panis Peugeot 908 HDI FAP 133 --- ---
2 8 LMP1 2 -0.022 Franck Montagny Peugeot 908 133 -0.022 -0.022
3 01 LMP1 3 -0.289 Marino Franchitti HPD ARX-01e 133 -0.289 -0.267
4 15 LMP1 4 -1 lap Guillaume Moreau Oak Pescarolo Judd 132 -1 lap -1 lap
5 016 LMP1 5 -3 laps Guy Smith Lola B09 86/Mazda 130 -3 laps -2 laps
6 12 LMP1 6 -4 laps Nicolas Prost Lola B10/60 Coupe 129 -4 laps -1 lap
7 33 LMP2 1 --- Joao Barbosa Lola Honda 128 -5 laps -1 lap
8 036 LMPC 1 --- Dane Cameron Oreca FLM09 128 -5 laps -0.617
9 1 LMP1 7 -6 laps Romain Dumas Audi R15+ TDI 127 -6 laps -1 lap
10 2 LMP1 8 -6 laps Dindo Capello Audi R15+ TDI 127 -6 laps -10.276
11 56 GT 1 --- Andy Priaulx BMW M3 GT 126 -7 laps -1 lap
12 55 GT 2 -1.296 Augusto Farfus BMW M3 GT 126 -7 laps -1.296
13 062 GT 3 -2.055 Jaime Melo Ferrari F458 Italia 126 -7 laps -0.759
14 03 GT 4 -3.010 Olivier Beretta Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR 126 -7 laps -0.955
15 51 GT 5 -3.337 Giancarlo Fisichel Ferrari F430 126 -7 laps -0.327
16 017 GT 6 -4.478 Bryan Sellers Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 126 -7 laps -1.141
17 06 LMP1 9 -8 laps Lucas Luhr AMR/ Lola Coupe B08 62 125 -8 laps -1 lap
18 045 GT 7 -1 lap Joerg Bergmeister Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 125 -8 laps -44.640
19 052 LMPC 2 -3 laps Henri Richard Oreca FLM09 125 -8 laps -48.492
20 055 LMP2 2 -3 laps Ryan Hunter-Reay Lola Honda 125 -8 laps -0.030
21 04 GT 8 -2 laps Oliver Gavin Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR 124 -9 laps -1 lap
22 002 GT 9 -2 laps Guy Cosmo Ferrari F458 Italia 124 -9 laps -9.614
23 044 GT 10 -2 laps Darren Law Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 124 -9 laps -20.863
24 57 GTE-AM 1 --- Tracy Krohn Ferrari F430 GT 124 -9 laps -52.556
25 63 GTE-AM 2 -1.821 Gianluca Roda Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 124 -9 laps -1.821
26 005 LMPC 3 -5 laps Ryan Dalziel Oreca FLM09 123 -10 laps -1 lap
27 040 GT 11 -4 laps David Robertson Doran Ford GT/Elan 122 -11 laps -1 lap
28 62 GTE-AM 3 -2 laps Roger Wills Ferrari F430 122 -11 laps -22.944
29 077 GTC 1 --- Matthew Marsh Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 122 -11 laps -100.484
30 066 GTC 2 -15.986 Alain Li Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 122 -11 laps -15.986
31 030 GTC 3 -18.368 Sean Edwards Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 122 -11 laps -2.382
32 054 GTC 4 -18.545 Timothy Pappas Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 122 -11 laps -0.177
33 098 GT 12 -4 laps PJ Jones Jaguar XKR 122 -11 laps -2.569
34 034 GTC 5 -1 lap Andrew Davis Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 121 -12 laps -1 lap
35 011 GTC 6 -2 laps Nick Ham Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 120 -13 laps -1 lap
36 068 GTC 7 -2 laps Dion von Moltke Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 120 -13 laps -14.788
37 063 LMPC 4 -10 laps Elton Julian Oreca FLM09 118 -15 laps -2 laps
38 023 GTC 8 -4 laps Leh Keen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 118 -15 laps -1541.507
39 006 LMPC 5 -10 laps Rudy Junco Oreca FLM09 118 -15 laps -133.852
40 038 LMPC 6 -10 laps Luca Moro Oreca FLM09 118 -15 laps -13.542
41 004 GT 13 -9 laps Anthony Lazzaro Doran Ford GT 117 -16 laps -1 lap
42 048 GT 14 -9 laps Bryce Miller Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 117 -16 laps -14.331
43 26 LMP2 3 -12 laps Soheil Ayari Oreca 03 Nissan 116 -17 laps -1 lap
44 7 LMP1 10 -18 laps Marc Gene Peugeot 908 115 -18 laps -1 lap
45 24 LMP1 11 -22 laps Jean-Francois Yvon Oak Pescarolo Judd 111 -22 laps -4 laps
46 59 GT 15 -17 laps Jean-Dennis Deletr Ferrari F458 Italia 109 -24 laps -2 laps
47 35 LMP2 4 -23 laps Patrice Lafargue Oak Pescarolo Judd 105 -28 laps -4 laps
48 018 LMPC 7 -25 laps Jarrett Boon Oreca FLM09 103 -30 laps -2 laps
49 032 GTC 9 -35 laps Jan Seyffarth Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 87 -46 laps -16 laps
50 089 LMPC 8 -42 laps Tomy Drissi Oreca FLM09 86 -47 laps -1 lap
51 001 GT 16 -77 laps Johannes van Overb Ferrari F458 Italia 49 -84 laps -37 laps
52 50 GTE-AM 4 -87 laps Gabriele Gardel Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 37 -96 laps -12 laps
53 099 GT 17 -106 laps Bruno Junqueira Jaguar XKR 20 -113 laps -17 laps
54 050 GT 18 -107 laps Ian James Panoz Abruzzi 19 -114 laps -1 lap
55 008 GT 19 -116 laps Nicky Pastorelli Lamborghini Gallardo LP5 10 -123 laps -9 laps
56 60 GTE-AM 5 -119 laps Fabien Giroix Aston Martin Vantage 5 -128 laps -5 laps

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