Peugeot holds Sebring lead heading into final four

Stephane Sarrazin's Peugeot 908 led the Audis of Rinaldo Capello and Lucas Luhr at the eight-hour mark in the 57th edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring, the opening round of the American Le Mans Series. All three cars were on the lead lap, with the...

Stephane Sarrazin's Peugeot 908 led the Audis of Rinaldo Capello and Lucas Luhr at the eight-hour mark in the 57th edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring, the opening round of the American Le Mans Series. All three cars were on the lead lap, with the two Audis not far behind the leading closed-cockpit Peugeot.

The new Acura ARX-02a LMP1 cars lay fourth and fifth overall, with the De Ferran Motorsports entry five laps behind the leaders and three laps ahead of Scott Sharp in the Highcroft Racing car. The second Peugot, driven by Nicolas Minassian, sat in sixth, eight laps behind the leaders due to a lengthy stop during the fifth hour to fix the car's air conditioning system.

Adrian Fernandez, driving the Acura ARX-01B, was seventh overall and the only car still running in the LMP2 class. The only other LMP2 cars in the race -- the two new Dyson Racing Mazda Lolas -- retired just shy of the sixth hour, both with mechanical issues.

Antonio Garcia led Marcel Fassler in the all Corvette GT1 class. The Risi Competizione Ferrari 430GT of Mika Salo led the way in the GT class, two laps ahead of the Ferrari driven by Mathias Russo and three laps ahead of the Panoz Esperante in the hands of Ian James.

Both of the new Rahal Letterman BMW M3s have retired from the race. One retired with mechanical issues after experiencing starter problems that prevented it from taking the green flag with the rest of the 26-car field. The other retired during the fifth hour with what appeared to be engine problems.

Luhr's Audi and Garcia's Corvette sat atop the Green X Challenge, which uses a system to rank all ALMS cars based on average speed, distance covered, amount of energy used, greenhouse gases emitted, and petroleum displaced. The challenge was created jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, SAE International, and the ALMS.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Antonio Garcia , Rinaldo Capello , Scott Sharp , Nicolas Minassian , Adrian Fernandez , Mika Salo , Stéphane Sarrazin , Lucas Luhr , Marcel Fassler , Ian James
Teams Risi Competizione , Dyson Racing