Sebring Hour 8: Bourdais stretching Pruett by 3-secs per lap

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

Pos No. Class Name Laps Total Tm Make/Model
1 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais 222 8:00:48.205 Corvette DP
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
4 10 P R.Taylor/J.Taylor/Angelelli 221 8:01:29.664 Corvette DP
5 31 P Curran/Cameron/Papis 220 8:01:07.935 Corvette DP
6 52 PC Guasch/Palmer/Kimber-Smith 219 8:01:20.970 ORECA FLM09
7 54 PC Bennett/Braun/Gue 219 8:02:40.947 ORECA FLM09
8 57 P Krohn/Jonsson/Pla 218 8:02:05.587 Ligier JS P2 Judd
9 38 PC Mee/French/Daly 217 8:01:21.296 ORECA FLM09
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
28 97 GTD Marsal/Palttala/Priaulx/Said 207 8:02:51.835 BMW Z4
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
34 11 PC Junqueira/Cumming/Menezes 160 8:02:15.233 ORECA FLM09
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
37 70 P Nunez/Bomarito/Tremblay 111 4:16:59.465 Mazda Prototype
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
41 0 P Rojas/Legge/Meyrick 60 2:36:34.341 DeltaWing DWC13

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