Sebring Winter Test, day three notes

PEUGEOT FASTEST ON FINAL DAY OF WINTER TEST The final day of the fourth annual American Le Mans Series wrapped up on Wednesday with Peugeot on top of the timing charts, with a fastest lap of 1:43.771. The driving team of Pedro Lamy, Nic...

PEUGEOT FASTEST ON FINAL DAY OF WINTER TEST

The final day of the fourth annual American Le Mans Series wrapped up on Wednesday with Peugeot on top of the timing charts, with a fastest lap of 1:43.771. The driving team of Pedro Lamy, Nic Minassian and Stephane Sarrazin piloted the diesel-powered Peugeot 908 to the fastest time for the second consecutive day of Winter Test.

The Equipe Peugeot Total team's time was 0.136 seconds ahead of another diesel prototype, the Audi R10 TDI. Tom Kristensen of Audi set the team's best time Wednesday during the first session in the in the morning with a time of 1:44.110.

The first of Penske Racing's two Porsche RS Spyders, the No. 7 of defending LMP2 champions Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, was third fastest overall and quickest in class Wednesday. The Porsche set a time of 1:44.610 in the morning session, its best time of the week. The sister Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder of Patrick Long and Sascha Maassen was second quickest in class with a time of 1:45.214.

Lowe's Fernandez Racing's tandem of Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz was third quickest at 1:45.818 in their new Acura ARX-01b for its best time of the week. The Andretti Green Racing Acura of Bryan Herta and Christian Fittipaldi was close behind at 1:46.153.

In GT1, Bell Motorsports continued to shake down its new Aston Martin DBR9 with a quick time Wednesday of 1:58.774.

Risi Competizione continued to hold on to the top spot in GT2 with a 2:01.493 for Jaime Melo and the No. 62 Ferrari F430 GT. Melo is the defending class champion with Mika Salo. Tafel Racing's Ferrari closed the gap with a 2:01.641 in the day's second session. The team is testing its Ferrari for the first time in North America with Dirk Muller, Dominik Farnbacher, Pierre Ehret and Jim Tafel.

Rounding out the top three was Panoz Team PTG's Panoz Esperante GTLM of Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand, Tom Milner and Tom Sutherland. The car's best time was a 2:02.979 in the third session.

The 2008 season opens with the 56th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida on Saturday, March 15. The race will start at 10 a.m. ET and will be broadcast live by SPEED, which will begin its coverage at 9:30 a.m. MotorsTV, Fox Latin America, 7TV in Russia and Greenlight Television will provide international coverage as well. American Le Mans Radio and IMSA's Live Timing & Scoring will be available at americanlemans.com.

-credit: alms

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series ALMS
Drivers Tom Kristensen , Dirk Müller , Adrian Fernandez , Mika Salo , Christian Fittipaldi , Bryan Herta , Stéphane Sarrazin , Pedro Lamy , Bill Auberlen , Joey Hand , Sascha Maassen , Luis Diaz , Jaime Melo , Timo Bernhard , Pierre Ehret , Patrick Long , Romain Dumas , Jim Tafel , Dominik Farnbacher , Tom Sutherland
Teams Team Penske , Risi Competizione