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 Hour 3: Audi diesel leads 12 Hours of Sebring
 Penske Porsche's falter

March 18, 2006


Audi R10 out front

SEBRING, Fla. – The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will go down in history as Frank Biela became the first driver to lead the classic endurance race with a diesel-powered sports car in the No. 1 Audi R10 TDI.

At the end of the first hour, Biela was more than 40 seconds ahead of teammate Rinaldo Capello in the No. 2 car, which had to start the race from pit lane after switching out a heat exchanger. Capello flew through the field and passed Timo Bernhard in the No. 7 Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder for second on lap 19, just 35 minutes in.

Now at the three hour mark Car No. 1 is beginning to have engine problems and the No. 2 Audi has taken the lead.

In GT1 the No. 4 Corvette leads the No. 3 Corvette, with both Aston Martins close behind.  The Aston Martins are proving faster on new tires (Pirelli) but the Corvettes (Michelin) are faster as the tires wear.

The GT2 battle is a tight one with Risi Ferrari currently leading.

Hour 3 standings

Pos

Car

Cls

CP

Drivers

Team

Car

Laps

1.

2

P1

1.

R.Capello, A.McNish, T.Kristensen

Audi Sport North Ameri

Audi R10 TDI

90

2.

1

P1

2.

F.Biela, E.Pirro, M.Werner

Audi Sport North Ameri

Audi R10 TDI

90

3.

16

P1

3.

J.Weaver, B.Leitzinger, A.Wallace

Dyson Racing

Lola B06/10 AER

87

4.

37

P2

1.

J.Field, D.Dayton, L.Halliday

Intersport Racing

Lola B05/40 AER

87

5.

4

GT1

1.

O.Gavin, O.Beretta, J.Magnussen

Corvette Racing

Corvette C6-R

85

6.

20

P1

4.

C.Dyson, G.Smith

Dyson Racing

Lola B06/10 AER

85

7.

3

GT1

2.

R.Fellows, J.O'Connell, M.Papis

Corvette Racing

Corvette C6-R

85

8.

009

GT1

3.

P.Lamy, S.Sarrazin, J.Bright

Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin DB9

85

9.

41

P2

2.

B.Binnie, A.Timpany, R.Sutherland

Binnie Motorsports

Lola B05/40 Zytek

85

10.

6

P2

3.

S.Maassen, L.Luhr, E.Collard

Penske Motorsports

Porsche RS Spyder

83

11.

007

GT1

4.

T.Enge, N.Kiesa, D.Turner

Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin DB9

83

12.

25

GT1

5.

T.Weickardt, T.Borcheller

Konrad Motorsports

Saleen S7R

81

13.

62

GT2

1.

R.Kellenrs, J.Melo, A.Lazzaro

Risi Competizione

Ferrari 430 GT Berline

81

14.

8

P2

4.

J.Bach, G.Cosmo, R.Matos

B-K Motorsports

Courage C65 Mazda

81

15.

31

GT2

2.

J.Bergmeister, N. Jonsson, T.Bergmei

Petersen/White Lightin

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

81

16.

50

GT2

3.

S.Maxwell, D.Brabham, S.Bourdais

Multimatic/Team Panoz

Panoz Esperante GTLM

81

17.

12

P1

5.

M.Lewis, C.McMurry, B.Willman

Autocon Motorsports

Lola EX257 AER

81

18.

45

GT2

4.

J.Van Overbeek, J.Fogarty, D.Law

Flying Lizard

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

80

19.

23

GT2

5.

M.Rockenfeller, K.Graf, G.Rahal

Alex Job Racing

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

80

20.

22

GT2

6.

J.Marks, B.Sellers, M.Jensen

BMW Team PTG

BMW E46 M3

79

21.

80

GT2

7.

L.Tomlinson, R.Dean, T.Kimber-Smith

Team LNT

Panoz Esperante GTLM

79

22.

44

GT2

8.

L.Pechnik, S.Neiman

Flying Lizard

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

79

23.

79

GT2

9.

T.Sugden, J.Matthews

J3 Racing

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

79

24.

86

GT2

10.

J.Bleekemolen, M.Hezemans

Spyker Squadron Spyker

Spyker C8 Spyker Audi

78

25.

78

GT2

11.

S.Plumpelly, J.Thorton, M.Patterson

J3 Racing

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

78

26.

85

GT2

12.

P.Kox, D.Crevels

Spyker Squadron Spyker

Spyker C8 Spyker Audi

78

27.

9

P1

6.

D.Dayton, R.Knoop, G.Fisken

Highcroft Racing

Lola EX257 AER

77

28.

33

P2

5.

J.Barazi, M.Vergers, E.Julian

Barazi Epsilon

Courage C65 AER

75

29.

7

P2

6.

T.Bernhard, R.Dumas, P.Long

Penske Motorsports

Porsche RS Spyder

74

30.

51

GT2

13.

G.Jeannette, T.Milner, B.Junqueira

Multimatic/Team Panoz

Panoz Esperante GTLM

71

31.

55

GT2

14.

P.Ehret, L.Nielsen, D.Farnbacher

Farnbacher Loles Racin

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

71

32.

56

GT2

15.

J.Vonka, M.Casadei, B.McCormick

Vonka Racing

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

70

33.

26

GT1

6.

P.Ruberti, Babini, J.Davies

Konrad Motorsports

Saleen S7R

66

34.

21

GT2

16.

B.Auberlen, J.Hand, I.James

BMW Team PTG

BMW E46 M3

65

35.

10

P2

7.

A.Lally, J.Gue

Miracle Motorsports

Courage C65 AER

50

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