Sebring Hour 10: Fittipaldi leads in the No. 5 Corvette

The No. 5 Corvette pits and Fittipaldi takes over from Bourdais

The 12 Hours of Sebring has hit the 10-hour mark. The sun has set on Sebring, and the atmosphere has become electric! The sights are unnatural and beautiful, the smell of fuel and brakes. Yet, as you look around, there are signs that the end of the race draws near. Some teams are fighting harder than ever to chase the win, for others, the fight is over.

The No. 5 Action Express Corvette has now lapped the field with former IndyCar driver Christian Fittipaldi at the wheel ahead of Joey Hand in the Ganassi Ford and just 1-second behind him the Richard Westbrook Corvette DP.

Corvette DPs run 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Prototype Challenge continues to be led by the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca FLM09 of Tom Kimber-Smith.

Patrick Pilet in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR has a 5-second lead over his teammate Frederic Makowiecki in car No. 912 in GTLM.

Jeroen Bleekemolen leads GTD in the No. 33 Dodge Viper.

Quotes

Scott Dixon, Driver – No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing w/ Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost/Riley

I was just trying to hold and maintain ground. Everybody on the Ford EcoBoost team is trying to do their very best, but we just don’t have the outright speed right now. Overall, I think if we can keep it together we can fight for a podium here. It will be tough. I was trying to do what I did at Daytona in the (Rolex) 24 and not try to get outright lap speed, but rather get good pace laps in. So that stint it seemed to work for us and we’ll see what happens in the last four and a half hours here in Sebring.

Bob Johnson, Owner – No. 5 Mustang Sampling Action Express Racing Corvette DP

It's a tremendous accomplishment for our team. We couldn't think of a better place to achieve this milestone than historic Sebring Raceway. Before this was one of the greatest racetracks in America, it served our country training the airborne heroes of World War II. Now that we've accomplished the mileage milestone, we've got another milestone we would like to accomplish at 10:40 p.m. tonight with one of our two entries.

Tom Kimber-Smith, Driver – No. 52 Cuttwood/Spyder ORECA FLM09

We're in the lead, but that doesn't mean anything at Sebring. The car is running good, and we're keeping a close eye on CORE autosport at the moment. This weekend we're looking to bag as many points as we can. We had a good result at Daytona, and we automatically started thinking about the championship. The Patron Endurance Cup is a great thing to do, and it’s all about consistency. You saw at Daytona, we won the race but didn’t win the Patron Endurance Cup. So to win that particular championship, you’ve got to be consistent

Joerg Bergmeister, Driver – No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR

We had problems with our windscreen early in the race that dropped us back to last in class. Now we’re up to third. We’re pushing as hard as we can, and we’ll see where we end up.


The No. 22 Alex Job WeatherTech Porsche makes its next-to-last pitstop with Leh Keen at the wheel

Wayde Alfarone reporting live from Sebring

Hour 10 Standings

Pos CPos Cl Car Current driver Car Laps Behind Gap Pit stops
1 1 P 5 Christian Fittipaldi Corvette DP 280 –.— –.— 12
2 2 P 01 Joey Hand Ford EcoBoost Riley DP 279 1 lap 1 lap 12
3 3 P 90 Richard Westbrook Corvette DP 279 1 lap 1.082 12
4 4 P 10 Jordan Taylor Corvette DP 278 2 laps 1 lap 14
5 5 P 31 Eric Curran Corvette DP 277 3 laps 1 lap 14
6 1 PC 52 Tom Kimber Smith ORECA FLM09 275 5 laps 2 laps 11
7 2 PC 54 Colin Braun ORECA FLM09 274 6 laps 1 lap 11
8 3 PC 38 Conor Daly ORECA FLM09 273 7 laps 1 lap 11
9 6 P 57 Olivier Pla Ligier JS P2 Judd 273 7 laps 59.544 13
10 1 GTLM 911 Patrick Pilet Porsche 911 RSR 271 9 laps 2 laps 10
11 2 GTLM 912 Frederic Makowiecki Porsche 911 RSR 271 9 laps 4.988 10
12 3 GTLM 3 Jan Magnussen Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 271 9 laps 2.236 9
13 4 GTLM 17 Wolf Henzler Porsche 911 RSR 271 9 laps 0.799 10
14 5 GTLM 24 Jens Klingmann BMW Z4 GTE 271 9 laps 10.821 11
15 6 GTLM 62 Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari F458 Italia 271 9 laps 5.123 12
16 4 PC 85 Chris Miller ORECA FLM09 269 11 laps 2 laps 12
17 7 GTLM 4 Oliver Gavin Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 264 16 laps 5 laps 10
18 1 GTD 33 Jeroen Bleekemolen Dodge Viper SRT 261 19 laps 3 laps 10
19 2 GTD 007 James Davison Aston Martin V12 Vantage 261 19 laps 3.591 9
20 3 GTD 23 Alex Riberas Porsche 911 GT America 261 19 laps 2.095 11
21 4 GTD 93 Cameron Lawrence Dodge Viper SRT 261 19 laps 7.560 11
22 5 GTD 22 Leh Keen Porsche 911 GT America 261 19 laps 2.239 10
23 6 GTD 63 Townsend Bell Ferrari 458 Italia 261 19 laps 1.748 9
24 7 GTD 58 Madison Snow Porsche 911 GT America 261 19 laps 1.560 12
25 8 GTD 48 Dion von Moltke Audi R8 LMS 261 19 laps 9.840 11
26 8 GTLM 98 Paul Dalla Lana Aston Martin Vantage V8 260 20 laps 1 lap 12
27 9 GTD 97 Andy Priaulx BMW Z4 259 21 laps 1 lap 11
28 9 GTLM 25 Bill Auberlen BMW Z4 GTE 258 22 laps 1 lap 11
29 7 P 50 David Hinton BMW Power Riley DP 257 23 laps 1 lap 12
30 10 GTD 49 Rui Aguas Ferrari 458 Italia 252 28 laps 5 laps 13
31 5 PC 8 Renger van der Zande ORECA FLM09 223 57 laps 29 laps 16
32 6 PC 11 Bruno Junqueira ORECA FLM09 215 65 laps 8 laps 10
33 8 P 2 Jon Fogarty Honda HPD ARX 211 69 laps 4 laps 11
34 11 GTD 44 John Potter Porsche 911 GT America 179 101 laps 32 laps 9
35 9 P 1 Ryan Dalziel Honda HPD ARX 162 118 laps 17 laps 9
36 12 GTD 73 Jim Norman Porsche 911 GT America 155 125 laps 7 laps 9
37 7 PC 16 David Cheng ORECA FLM09 139 141 laps 16 laps 11
38 10 P 70 Jonathan Bomarito Mazda Prototype 111 169 laps 28 laps 6
39 11 P 07 Joel Miller Mazda Prototype 104 176 laps 7 laps 7
40 13 GTD 81 Michael Avenatti Porsche 911 GT America 97 183 laps 7 laps 5
41 12 P 0 Katherine Legge DeltaWing DWC13 60 220 laps 37 laps 4
42 13 P 60 Oswaldo Negri Honda HPD Ligier JS P2 46 234 laps –:— 3
43 14 GTD 45 Robert Thorne Audi R8 LMS 23 257 laps 23 laps 2
44 undefined P 7 Mayer Hartley BMW Power Riley DP 0 –.— 23 laps 0
45 undefined GTD 18 TBA 0 –.— –:— 0
46 undefined GTD 009 TBA Aston Martin V12 Vantage 0 –.— –:— 0
47 undefined E1 0 –.— –:— 0
48 undefined E2 0 –.— –:— 0

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