Bentley leads Wednesday morning practice at Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (March 12, 2003) -- Bentley muscle began to flex Wednesday morning at Sebring International Raceway in the first official practice session for Saturday's 51st annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Team Bentley Bentley...

SEBRING, Fla. (March 12, 2003) -- Bentley muscle began to flex Wednesday morning at Sebring International Raceway in the first official practice session for Saturday's 51st annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Team Bentley Bentley Speed 8: David Brabham, Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell.
Photo by Linda Rydell.

The Bentley Speed 8 Prototype driven by Tom Kristensen, Rinaldo Capello and Guy Smith set the fastest time in a one-hour practice session, the first official session after two days of unofficial testing. The British Green racing machine turned a lap of 1:49.980 on the historic 3.7-mile circuit, fastest of the 51 cars that participated in the session.

American Le Mans Series cars will have a second practice session at 2:40 p.m.Wednesday. IMSA Live Timing and Scoring and the American Le Mans Series Radio Web will be active for the session at www.americanlemans.com.

The ADT Champion Racing Audi R8, which had been the fastest car the past two days in testing, was second-fastest on Wednesday morning at 1:51.221. Emanuele Pirro, JJ Lehto and Stefan Johansson will share the car in the race. The Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 of Frank Biela, Marco Werner and Phillip Peter was third at 1:51.884.

Leading the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes in the morning session was the Dyson Racing Lola EX257-MG of Didier de Radigues, Chris Dyson and Chad Block, which was fourth fastest overall at 1:52.093. The second Dyson machine of James Weaver, Butch Leitzinger and Andy Wallace was second in class at 1:52.618.

In the GTS class for production cars, the Veloqx Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello of Anthony Davidson, Darren Turner and Kelvin Burt led the way with a lap of 2:00.408, followed by the Chevrolet Corvette C5-R of Oliver Gavin, Kelly Collins and Andy Pilgrim at 2:00.896.

The GT class was led by the two-car Alex Job Racing team with its Porsche 911 GT3 RS machines. The car of defending ALMS champions Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen was first at 2:06.559, while the Jorg Bergmeister/Timo Bernhard car was clocked at 2:07.235.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Anthony Davidson , David Brabham , Stefan Johansson , Rinaldo Capello , Didier de Radigues , Tom Kristensen , Guy Smith , Frank Biela , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Darren Turner , Andy Pilgrim , Mark Blundell , Chad Block , Sascha Maassen , Kelly Collins , Lucas Luhr , Oliver Gavin , Timo Bernhard , Kelvin Burt , Alex Job , Philipp Peter , Chris Dyson , Emanuele Pirro , JJ Lehto
Teams Dyson Racing , Alex Job Racing