Speeds were up and times were
down on the second day of the American Le Mans Series Winter Test, with
the Audi R10 heading to the top of the speed chart. Rinaldo Capello turned
a 1:48.816 during the second of the three sessions Tuesday at Sebring
This is the first American
test for the new diesel-powered prototype, two of which are scheduled to
start the 54th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 18.
Next was Penske Racing’s
Porsche RS Spyder, with Lucas Luhr posting a lap of 1:49.477 during the
day’s first 90-minute session. Third on Tuesday was Andy Wallace in
Highcroft Racing’s No. 9 AER-powered Lola EX257-AER, a 1:49.547 effort.
On its first day at the Winter Test, Flying Lizard Motorsports’ No. 45
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR posted the fastest time among all GT2 cars at 2:03.361
with Mike Rockenfeller at the wheel. Rockenfeller worked with the team
Tuesday to assist in the setup process. Seth Neiman and Lonnie Pechnik are
driving the car this week, as well. The car actually was the fastest GT2
entry in each of the three sessions.
Next was Multimatic
Motorsports Team Panoz’s No. 50 Panoz Esperante of Gunnar Jeannette and
Scott Maxwell. Jeannette posted a 2:04.664 in the afternoon session.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: There were a number of faces in different places Tuesday
during the three test sessions. Oh, where to start?
Andy Wallace turned a number
of laps Tuesday afternoon – and Monday – in Highcroft Racing’s Lola
EX257-AER. That’s the No. 16 Dyson Racing entry that Wallace piloted last
year at Sebring and at Petit Le Mans.
“It’s nice to see our old cars
here,” Chris Dyson said. “There’s no one better to give some feedback on
the car than Andy.”
Tom Milner took a turn in
Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz’s Panoz Esperante GTLM on Tuesday
morning. Larry Holt, Multimatic’s vice president and team technical
director was quite pleased Milner’s performance.
In addition, BMW Team PTG says
that Graham Rahal will test in one of its BMW M3s on Wednesday.
No. 8 Mazda
FULL CIRCLE FOR B-K:
B-K Motorsports is back where it all began as far as the American Le Mans
Series goes. It was 10 months ago that the team’s LMP2 program got off the
ground with an announcement at last year’s 12 Hours.
So far, the team’s first Winter Test has gone extremely well. Guy Cosmo
was very upbeat Tuesday afternoon. He had tested the car in the morning,
and Raphael Matos took the car out during the afternoon. Both Cosmo and
Matos are former Star Mazda North America champions, and both have
“In (the Courage), you hit the bump and you have to trust that you’ll have
the same grip when you hit the track again,” Cosmo said. “We had a little
trouble in the morning with that but I think we’ve solved it.”
HELLO OLLIE: Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin rolled into Sebring on
Monday night and spent part of Tuesday at the race track visiting with
Dyson Racing. Gavin, who won the 2005 GT1 drivers championship with
teammate Olivier Beretta, will drive for Dyson at Daytona this weekend.
Corvette Racing has a test session scheduled at Sebring for three days in
early February. Early reports indicate the new version of the Corvette
C6.R has been solid so far, but there’s always room for some form of
On a side note, Gavin said that 3-month-old Fergus is doing quite well. Of
course, Dad couldn’t be prouder.
AROUND THE PADDOCK: Audi Sport North America’s two Audi R10s didn’t
make the three-hour afternoon session. Capello suffered a puncture as he
left pit lane during the day’s second session, which the team said was
caused by the bodywork slicing the rubber. The team expects to be back on
track Wednesday. … Penske Racing’s Porsche RS Spyder had to deal with a
couple of engine issues early, the most notable a small fire during
Tuesday’s second session. By the afternoon, though, the car was running
normally – which is to say among the quickest cars on the track. … Marino
Franchitti and Bryan Sellers, who drove the No. 51 Panoz Esperante last
year for Panoz Motor Sports, were in the pits checking out the performance
of the No. 50 car late Tuesday.
The American Le Mans Series Winter Test concludes today with two four-hour
sessions at Sebring International Raceway.
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