David Brabham looks for clear skies at Sebring

With rain lashing the Sebring during the overnight practice session, Australian sportscar star David Brabham is hoping for clear skies for the start of Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring - the opening round of the 2000 Le Mans Series. Brabham sat...

With rain lashing the Sebring during the overnight practice session, Australian sportscar star David Brabham is hoping for clear skies for the start of Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring - the opening round of the 2000 Le Mans Series.

Brabham sat out the Thursday night (U.S. time) practice session when heavy rain struck the circuit, but bounced back to be second fastest in the final warm-up practice session on Friday.

The Panoz driver is hoping for a strong result to kick off his championship attack which will conclude in Australia at the end of the year for Adelaide's Race of a Thousand Years.

"The weather was dreadful last night, but I'm hoping we can get a rain free day tomorrow," Brabham said.

"It stayed dry today, but the track is changing all the time and the heavy rain overnight hasn't helped matters.

"Today's session is really a final warm-up to make sure the car is strong in race trim and our fuel mileage works out O.K."

Brabham was second fastest in the final session behind the Audi of Michele Albereto, Rinaldo Capello and Alan McNish.

The Dodge Viper trio of Olivier Beretta, Karl Wendlinger and Dominique Dupuy bounced back to lead the GTS division. The Ron Fellows led Chevrolet Corvette team had set the pace during qualifying.

Touring car veteran Dieter Quester was fastest in the GT division aboard the Porsche GT3R he will share with Phillip Peter and Luca Riccitelli.

The 12 Hour event will be run from 1.30am to 1.30pm on Sunday morning, Adelaide time.

Sportscar followers can follow the progress of the race which will be broadcast live through Le Mans Radio Web on the series internet site at: http://www.americanlemans.com

Paul ryan - ryan@panoz.com.au

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Rinaldo Capello , Karl Wendlinger , Ron Fellows , Phillip Peter , Luca Riccitelli , Dieter Quester , Olivier Beretta