BERNHARD/DUMAS/MAASSEN ALEX JOB RACING PORSCHE LEADS SEBRING GT-2 CLASS AT THREE HOURS; WHITE LIGHTNING PORSCHE SECOND, BAM! THIRD
SEBRING, Florida -- March 19 -- After a rainstorm on Thursday wiped out their chance to compete for the Sebring GT-2 class pole, the Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas/Sascha Maassen Alex Job Racing mail2web Hyatt Porsche 911 GT3 RSR took the lead right at the start and is in front of the field after three hours of the 53rd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
The White Lightning/Petersen Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, driven by Jorg Bergmeister/Patrick Long/Lucas Luhr, which started on the pole, has led briefly after some yellow-flag pit stop exchanges, and currently sits seven seconds behind the leaders in second place. The second the last lead change was caused by a spin by Long after he was hit from behind by the #2 Audi prototype.
Third is the BAM! Porsche of Mike Rockenfeller/Tony Burgess/Martin Jensen, while the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche of Darren Law/Johannes van Overbeek/Jon Fogarty is fourth.
The #67 TRG Pierre Ehret/Kevin Buckler/Andrew David Porsche has retired with a gearbox problem, while the #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche suffered electrical complications which caused engine problems and subsequent retirement.
The #24 Alex Job Racing Porsche, with Ian Baas/Randy Pobst/Brian Cunningham at the helm, lost its transmission at the one hour mark, and spent the next two hours in the pits replacing it.
The official Porsche media web site -- www.press.porsche.com -- will post stories and photos during and after the race. Porsche media web site users enter the word "carrera" for both user name and password, then choose "motorsports news" and "ALMS" to find the Sebring updates. The same information is posted for consumers on Porsche's main site www.porsche.com/motorsport (click on Porsche Motorsports North America and "race reports").
The official race notes and results for all the classes at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring can be found on the official site for the American Le Mans Series (www.americanlemans.com), where fans can follow the race with live timing and scoring on-line as well as American Le Mans Radio Web, a live radio broadcast of all qualifying sessions as well as the entire 12-hour race.