Aston Martin Racing's two DRB9 entries built on their promising start as the 53rd Annual 12 Hours of Sebring approached the halfway point at a sun drenched International Raceway. At the six-hour mark, car 57 with Stephane Ortelli at the wheel ...
Aston Martin Racing's two DRB9 entries built on their promising start as the 53rd Annual 12 Hours of Sebring approached the halfway point at a sun drenched International Raceway. At the six-hour mark, car 57 with Stephane Ortelli at the wheel occupied 3rd place, with Stephane Sarrazin in car 58 following in 5th place, in the GT1 class, representing a 6th and 8th place overall. By the midway point both cars had clocked up some 329 laps between them.
Earlier in the race, at lap 96, Darren Turner replaced Stephane Ortelli in car 57 for his second stint at the wheel after driving from the grid earlier in the day. One lap later, Peter Kox replaced Stephane Ortelli, who completed his first outing on the Sebring circuit in car 58.
During the 5th hour of Sebring's gruelling 12-hour race, car 57, with David Brabham, who replaced Darren Turner on lap 126, continued to press the two class leaders - both Corvette C6-R's - and went on to record an impressive 1:56.960 lap, the second best GT1 lap time of the day of the day so far.
On lap 134, with Pedro Lamy having replaced Peter Kox at the wheel of car 58 some nine laps previously, chassis damage caused by an earlier impact with a fellow competitor saw the car pit. The team then rectified the problem in little over seven minutes, with the car finishing the session strongly as Stephane Sarrazin recorded a 1:57:743 lap time.
Stephane Ortelli, who made his second appearance of the day on lap 155 and went onto record consistent lap times around the 1:57 mark commented: "We might be just off the leader pace, but the car is good and we have great potential."