SARRAZIN ROARS TO FRONT IN SEBRING PRACTICE Peugeot's Stephane Sarrazin set the fastest lap of the day at Sebring International Raceway on Wednesday, the first official day of practice for the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of...
SARRAZIN ROARS TO FRONT IN SEBRING PRACTICE
Peugeot's Stephane Sarrazin set the fastest lap of the day at Sebring International Raceway on Wednesday, the first official day of practice for the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. The Frenchman toured the 3.7-mile, 17-turn circuit in 1:44.719 (127.198 mph) in the day's second practice session.
Driving one of Peugeot's diesel-powered 908 HDi factory coupes with Franck Montagny and Sebastien Bourdais, Sarrazin sat 0.214 seconds ahead of Audi Sport's Tom Kristensen in the new R15 TDI, also a factory diesel entry. Kristensen is teaming with Allan McNish and Dindo Capello, and the same trio won last year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The last time Peugeot and Audi went head-to-head was last season's Petit Le Mans, an Audi victory by less than five seconds. Sarrazin was the overall pole-winner, however.
A second Audi prototype sat third with the entry of Mike Rockenfeller, Lucas Luhr and Marco Werner posting a best time of 1:45.894 (125.786 mph), a little more than a half second better than Scott Dixon in de Ferran Motorsports' Acura ARX-02a.
Guy Smith kept Dyson Racing on top in LMP2 for the second straight session. The Brit, driving with Chris Dyson and Andy Lally, set his quickest lap with a 1:50.802 (120.214 mph) pass in Dyson Racing's new Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 coupe. It was good enough for a 0.346-second gap back to Lowe's Fernandez Racing's Acura ARX-01b of Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz.
In GT1, Jan Magnussen kept the No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R out front for the second straight session. After teammate Antonio Garcia went quickest in the morning, Magunssen's bettered that time in the afternoon was a 1:56.907 (113.937 mph) in the entry that Johnny O'Connell also will drive.
The sister Corvette of Olivier Beretta, Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler was second in class at 1:57.069 (113.779 mph).
Dirk Werner put Farnbacher Loles Racing's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on top in GT2 with a lap of 2:02.591, also the best time in class on the day. Werner, who will drive with Porsche factory drivers Wolf Henzler and Richard Lietz, was 0.667 seconds better than the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche of Patrick Long, Jörg Bergmeister and Marc Lieb.
Risi Competizione's Ferrari F430 of Mika Salo and Pierre Kaffer sat third in class at 2:03.303 (108.027 mph).
Thursday's first practice session is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. ET with qualifying set for 2:45 p.m.