Porsches Nine Of Top Ten Gt Positions As Sebring Completes Three Hours SEBRING, Florida - March 16, 2002 - The ...
Porsches Nine Of Top Ten Gt Positions As Sebring Completes Three Hours
SEBRING, Florida - March 16, 2002 - The #23 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS, started by German Sascha Maassen, and now being piloted by co-driver and fellow German Lucas Luhr, has stretched its pole position to a one lap lead after two hours - or 53 laps of the 3.7-mile Sebring International Raceway circuit.
"Despite the heat outside, it's not as hot in the car as we thought it might be," said Maassen, who gave way to Luhr after less than an hour as many teams took advantage of an early yellow flag to execute their first pit stop.
"The track is very slippery, however, and we'll have to make sure that we don't go too hot into any of the corners or we'll be off the track," said Maassen.
Michelin has reported that the the track surface temperature has reached 118 degrees at the three hour mark.
The #22 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS, driven by Germans Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister, is second in GT, but lost a lap when the pace car came out in an inopportune spot during that early yellow flag. Third is the #53 Seikel Motorsport P orsche 911 GT3 RS of Gabrio Rosa/Alex Caffi/Luca Riccitelli.
Of the three Ferraris that started the race, only one is still running - in eighth place.
Two of the top ten Porsche qualifiers are out of the event, both due to contact with competitors. The #66 Racers Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS, driven by Kevin Buckler/Michael Schrom/Darren Law, sideswiped the leading Audi LMP car, causing a flat tire and dama ging the front suspension. The #79 J3 Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Justin Jackson/David Murry/Mike Fitzgerald was hit by an LMP 675 car, and damaged both front and rear suspension in the process. Murry, who drove the car into the top five in the first ho ur, was disappointed as the car was running well.
"We had a good run going, with both the engine and chassis working well," said Murry.
The 50th annual Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring is being broadcast live on the Speed Channel (formerly know as Speedvision) network, with the race concluding at 10:30 PM EST. The race will be broadcast in Europe on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday, March 24, at 20:00 Central European Time on the Eurosport television network. The 12-hour event is also being broadcast live online on the American Le Mans Radio Network, which can be accessed on the Web at www.americanlemans.com. That same American Le Mans Series w eb has live timing and scoring during the race event.
The official Porsche web site - www.porsche.com - has information on the 12 Hours at Sebring for all the Porsches entered, and will file stories and photos during and after the race. Porsche web site uses should choose "North America" on the home page whe n prompted to choose a country, then choose "motorsports," then "news" to find the ALMS updates. A section of the Porsche web site - reached directly by going to www.porsche.com/motorsport - brings the users to Porsche's international motorsports site, wh ere they can choose between U.S. news, technical information and schedules, and European series material.