Flying Lizard 2nd in GT2 in Near Photo Finish at Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring March 17, 2007, 10:10pm ET -- Sebring, Florida -- It was a classic manufacturers' battle between Porsche and Ferrari in GT2 in today's twelve-hour endurance classic,...
Flying Lizard 2nd in GT2 in Near Photo Finish at Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring
March 17, 2007, 10:10pm ET -- Sebring, Florida -- It was a classic manufacturers' battle between Porsche and Ferrari in GT2 in today's twelve-hour endurance classic, the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. In one of the largest GT2 fields in ALMS history, the Flying Lizard No. 45 Porsche (Jorg Bergmeister/Johannes van Overbeek/Marc Lieb) battled the entire race against the No. 62 Risi Ferrari, playing a cat and mouse game in which the two cars switched positions more than a dozen times. It became a contest of wills, playing out in an unbelievable near photo finish between Jorg Bergmeister and Jaime Melo.
In the last 30 minutes of the race, Jorg gained more than 30 seconds on the Ferrari, finally passing Melo on the final turn just yards before the finish, only to have Melo regain the position with a hard bump to Jorg which nearly sent him into the wall. Jorg finished the 12-hour race just two-tenths of a second behind the No. 62, the closest finish in Sebring class history. The No. 45 was eight laps ahead of the third place finisher, the No. 71 Tafel Racing Porsche.
"I wanted that win," said Jorg, "and I pushed with everything I had to overtake Melo. I'm proud that I was able to get cleanly by him in the last few seconds and that our new car could perform at that level. In the end, they crossed the finish ahead of me. I don't agree with the way that Ferrari achieved their win, but I'm really proud of what we did as a team. My first race with the Lizards was something I will never forget."
Sister Porsche No. 44 (Darren Law/Lonnie Pechnik/Seth Neiman) had a tough race: spending more than 90 minutes in the team' garage for repairs after the No. 61 Krohn Racing Ferrari collided with Lonnie Pechnik on track, severely damaging the left rear suspension. The No. 44 crew wrestled with the repairs and re-alignment of the car before they were back up to speed. "It really was a tough day for the No. 44 car today. Unfortunately, we really put the No. 44 crew to the test. Not surprisingly, the crew really did an awesome job in getting us back on track after the suspension repair, and keeping us on track even with the number of problems we had."