Sebring: JML Team Panoz hour six notes

Olivier Beretta leads Scott Maxwell at Sebring. JML Panoz continue strong run at Sebring half way point. The JML Team Panoz ...

Olivier Beretta leads Scott Maxwell at Sebring.
JML Panoz continue strong run at Sebring half way point.

The JML Team Panoz #10 machine of Olivier Beretta, Max Papis and Gunnar Jeannette continued to make strong progress at the half way point of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring today.

After six hours of racing, the #10 car was in 6th place behind the race favorite Audi and Bentley entries.

The #11 car of Benjamin Leuenberger, John Graham and Scott Maxwell was 11th at the half way point. The progress of #11 Panoz LMP-01 has been delayed by a small brake problem while Leuenberger and Maxwell also battled high cockpit temperatures which caused minor burns to their feet.

"Our car has been really strong all race so far and Olivier and Gunnar have been doing a fantastic job," Papis said.

"Keeping out of trouble through traffic has been the difficult thing, but our times have been quite respectable and we are doing our best to keep the Audi and Bentley guys honest.

"Our plan is to keep pressing on all day and hopefully be in a position to take advantage of any problems the leading cars have."

The Panoz crew have fitted heat insulation inside the driving shoes of Leuenberger and Maxwell to help with the heat problem in the footwell.

Both drivers have had to immerse their feet in ice water after climbing out of the car from their stints.

"Maybe I have old tougher feet because I haven't had too many problems, but Ben and Scott have had a bit of discomfort," Graham said.

"We also have a small problem with the brakes which is hurting out pace a little bit, but everything else is still running very strong.

"There is still a long way to go, but we are still quite pleased with out progress so far."

The 51st running of the fabled Sebring event will greet the checkered flag at 10.30pm (eastern time) tonight.

-pmg-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Max Papis , John Graham , Scott Maxwell , Benjamin Leuenberger , Olivier Beretta