Darkness settles on the MOBIL1 12 Hours of Sebring; Porsches continue to lead GT as race reaches ten-hour mark.
--The Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS now has a one-lap lead on the Petersen Motorsports Porsche of Johnny Mowlem/Nic Jonsson/Craig Stanton and a seven lap lead on the Kevin Buckler/Jim Pace/Eliseo Salazar The Racer's Group Porsche--
^SEBRING, Florida - March 15 - The cooler temperatures of the Central Florida night have settled the field at the Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring. The same two cars - The #31 Petersen Motorsports Porsche of Johnny Mowlem/Nic Jonsson/Craig Stanton and the Maassen/Luhr #23 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche - continue to battle for the GT class lead.
The Maassen/Luhr car continues to maintain a one-lap lead over the Mowlem/Jonsson/Stanton Porsche, but it will be a difficult final stint for both entries. The Alex Job Porsche is losing power at high RPM, so the drivers cannot go beyond 8,000 rpm, while the Petersen entry is trying to keep its engine temperature down.
The Kevin Buckler/Jim Pace/Eliseo Salazar The Racer's Group Porsche has fallen to fourth place, while the Alex Caffi/Andrea Chiesa/Gabrio Rosa Seikel Porsche is running third.
Other ten-hour notes:
--The #33 Zip Racing Porsche of Ivankovich/Lalley/Pumpelly, currently running 11th in their first ALMS race, has a combination of rising oil and water temperatures; the Porsche Motorsports North America engineers are helping the Zip crew make the repairs in the pits.
--The #42 Orbit Racing Porsche driven by Policastro/Policastro/Fitzgerald is now in the top ten in GT.
--The #34 Ferrari of Marino Franchitti/Kevin McGarrity/Phillip Bennett crashed at the 9-hour, 30-minute mark, putting them out of the race and causing the first caution flag of the race. The Ferrari was running third in the GT class when it crashed.