With dusk descending upon a record crowd at the Sebring International Raceway, Aston Martin Racing occupied 1st and 8th places in the GT1 class - 3rd and 18th overall - with Stephane Ortelli and Pedro Lamy in cars 57 and 58 respectively. Earlier...
With dusk descending upon a record crowd at the Sebring International Raceway, Aston Martin Racing occupied 1st and 8th places in the GT1 class - 3rd and 18th overall - with Stephane Ortelli and Pedro Lamy in cars 57 and 58 respectively.
Earlier in the race in the seventh hour, after the yellow flag had been lifted on lap 187, Darren Turner replaced Stephane Ortelli at the wheel of car 57, who held onto 3rd place in the GT1 class - 6th overall.
Peter Kox took control from Stephane Sarrazin on lap 199 before notching an impressive 1:57.452 lap for car 58. However, after being pitted for inspection, car 58 was returned to the team preparation area where a necessary adjustment to the chassis was made and the car rejoined the circuit just over an hour later after some remarkable work from the team.
Meanwhile, in car 57 David Brabham sought to emulate his earlier impressive form after taking the wheel from Darren Turner. Having just completed his third session in car 57, Darren Turner enthused: "My stints have been running like clockwork - the team have been doing an amazing job and I've been stunned at the pace of the car."
As the nine-hour mark approached, a brake problem forced the number three Corvette to pit, allowing Brabham to take 2nd place in class. A few laps later Brabham took the lead in GT1, when the number four Corvette was also forced to pit following a spin on the oil soaked Sebring circuit. By the time Brabham handed control of car 57 to Stephane Ortelli, the team had established a three-lap lead over the second placed Corvette C6-R and secured 3rd overall.