Sebring: Monday testing report

Le Mans Winning Audi Leads Opening Day of Testing at Sebring SEBRING, Fla. (March 11, 2002) -- The factory Audi team that has won the past two runnings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans set the fastest time Monday as unofficial practice opened for the...

Le Mans Winning Audi Leads Opening Day of Testing at Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (March 11, 2002) -- The factory Audi team that has won the past two runnings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans set the fastest time Monday as unofficial practice opened for the 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, presented by Dodge.

The Audi R8 Prototype driven by Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen and defending American Le Mans Series champion Emanuele Pirro was the fastest of the 37 cars that turned timed laps in Monday's session. The day's fastest lap on the 3.7-mile road racing circuit was 122.250 mph (1:48.957), just slightly slower than Biela's track record of 1:48.825 that was set in 2000.

In addition to two consecutive wins at Le Mans, the trio also won the Sebring event in 2000 and finished second last year.

The remainder of the 60 cars that will compete in Saturday's race either did not get on the track Monday or ran without timing transponders in the unofficial day of testing.

The LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes was led on Monday by the Reynard 2KQ-Volkswagen of the French ROC team, which won the class last year at Le Mans. The driving trio of Jean-Denis Deletraz, Christophe Pillon and Mark Smithson was clocked at 1:58.129 (112.758 mph) and was 11th fastest overall.

The Chevrolet Corvette C5-R of Andy Pilgrim, Kelly Collins and Franck Freon led the GTS class with a lap of 2:00.510 (110.530 mph). The GT class was led by the Porsche 911 GT3 RS of P.K. Sport, Ltd., which turned a lap of 2:08.784 (103.429 mph). Drivers were Robin Liddell, Fabio Babini and Giovanni Anapoli.

Testing will continue on Tuesday, with the first official day of practice on Wednesday. Qualifying will be held on Thursday. The 12-hour race starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and will broadcast live from start to finish by the SPEED Channel.

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Drivers Tom Kristensen , Frank Biela , Franck Freon , Andy Pilgrim , Robin Liddell , Kelly Collins , Jean-Denis Deletraz , Christophe Pillon , Fabio Babini , Emanuele Pirro