|The No. 5 Corvette, now at the hands of Sebastien Bourdais has stretched the lead to over 1 minute|
We have reached the 2/3rds point of the 12 Hours of Sebring and IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais is taking former NASCAR driver and now sports car ace Scott Pruett to school, driving 3 seconds per lap faster than the Ganassi Ford driver. The level of talent difference between the IndyCar drivers and sports car drivers is striking.
If not for caution flags the No. 5 Action Express Corvette would have lapped the field. With no recent caution flags Bourdais has now stretched the lead to over 1 minute as he buries Scott Pruett.
Corvette DPs run 3rd, 4th and 5th at the hands of Michael Valiante, Jordon Taylor and Max Papis.
Nick Tandy in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR currently has the GTLM lead over Ryan Briscoe's Corvette.
In GTD the lead has changed hands between the No. 33 Viper, No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 and Nos. 22 and 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT Americas.
OLIVER GAVIN, CORVETTE RACING CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: The car was better and we seemed like we hit it a little better. We got a clean run with some traffic and could fight with the BMW and overtake them. There is still a long way to go. It was very hard in the heat of the day and with all the sun to try and make the tire last. There is still plenty that can still happen over the next few hours. We’ll see how it goes with Tommy in the car. We seem to be working the rear tire quite hard – harder than the sister car – which is quite frustrating. We’ll see where we are in the last couple hours. Hopefully if this stays we’ll be able to fight at the front.
JAN MAGNUSSEN, CORVETTE RACING CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: That pit stop was really good, and I had a really good couple of stints. Antonio is back in, and we’re back in the hunt. We need to have another couple of hours and we can start to really push. It’s not like we’re relaxing out there; we’re still pushing out there but not taking the chances. It’s difficult to say (when we still start pushing harder). If it stays like this, then I think it will carry on like this except people will start taking more chances.
JOAO BARBOSA, ACTION EXPRESS RACING NO. 5 MUSTANG SAMPLING CORVETTE DP: Very tough conditions out there. It is very, very hot. The track is very slippery, but we have a great car on the long runs. I would say it is actually running a little bit better than it was. The temperature is going to go down a little bit to help us inside the car. It is very hot out there, but so far, we are where we want to be but there is still a long way to go."
Wayde Alfarone reporting live from Sebring
Hour 8 Standings
|2||01||P||Hand/Pruett/Dixon||222||8:01:51.363||Ford EcoBoost Riley DP|
|3||90||P||Westbrook/Valiante/ Rockenfeller||222||8:02:27.682||Corvette DP|
|8||57||P||Krohn/Jonsson/Pla||218||8:02:05.587||Ligier JS P2 Judd|
|10||911||GTLM||Tandy/Pilet/Lietz/Bamber||216||8:02:33.206||Porsche 911 RSR|
|11||3||GTLM||Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe||216||8:02:44.995||Chevrolet Corvette C7.R|
|12||912||GTLM||Bergmeister/Bamber/Makowiecki/ Tandy||216||8:02:49.973||Porsche 911 RSR|
|13||17||GTLM||Sellers/Henzler/P.Long||215||8:01:02.397||Porsche 911 RSR|
|14||24||GTLM||J.Edwards/Luhr/Klingmann||215||8:01:22.729||BMW Z4 GTE|
|15||4||GTLM||Gavin/Milner/Pagenaud||215||8:01:52.321||Chevrolet Corvette C7.R|
|16||62||GTLM||Kaffer/Fisichella/Bertolini||215||8:02:07.962||Ferrari F458 Italia|
|17||85||PC||Goikhberg/C.Miller/Mitchell/ Kraut||215||8:02:43.350||ORECA FLM09|
|18||2||P||Brown/van Overbeek/Fogarty||211||7:45:45.282||Honda HPD ARX|
|19||007||GTD||Nielsen/Davison/B.Davis||208||8:01:31.861||Aston Martin V12 Vantage|
|20||33||GTD||Keating/J.Bleekemolen/ S.Bleekemolen||208||8:02:07.969||Dodge Viper SRT|
|21||93||GTD||Carter/Goossens/Keating/ Lawrence||208||8:02:32.143||Dodge Viper SRT|
|22||22||GTD||MacNeil/L.Keen/A.Davis||208||8:02:36.257||Porsche 911 GT America|
|23||63||GTD||Sweedler/T.Bell/Lazzaro||208||8:03:43.796||Ferrari 458 Italia|
|24||23||GTD||James/M.Farnbacher/Riberas||207||8:01:05.872||Porsche 911 GT America|
|25||58||GTD||Snow/Heylen/Valverde||207||8:01:41.107||Porsche 911 GT America|
|26||48||GTD||Haase/B.Miller/von Moltke||207||8:01:49.034||Audi R8 LMS|
|27||49||GTD||Perazzini/Cioci/Aguas/ E.Potolicchio||207||8:02:14.646||Ferrari 458 Italia|
|29||98||GTLM||Dalla Lana/Lamy/Turner/Lauda||205||8:02:37.356||Aston Martin Vantage V8|
|30||50||P||Pace/DeFoor/Hinton/ Schroeder||203||8:01:44.057||BMW Power Riley DP|
|31||25||GTLM||Auberlen/Werner/Farfus||203||8:02:44.337||BMW Z4 GTE|
|32||8||PC||van der Zande/Schultis /Popow||192||7:55:42.060||ORECA FLM09|
|33||1||P||Sharp/Dalziel/Heinemeier Hansson||162||6:13:06.502||Honda HPD ARX|
|35||44||GTD||Potter/Lally/Seefried||149||8:01:54.581||Porsche 911 GT America|
|36||73||GTD||Lindsey/Pumpelly/Norman||138||8:02:52.718||Porsche 911 GT America|
|38||07||P||T.Long/J.Miller/Devlin/ Tremblay||104||5:22:28.648||Mazda Prototype|
|39||16||PC||Drumwright/Drissi/Cheng/ Plowman||101||5:42:34.680||ORECA FLM09|
|40||81||GTD||Faulkner/Skeen/Avenatti/ Giermaziak||97||3:57:41.045||Porsche 911 GT America|