Peugeot continues to set Sebring pace
|By Matt Beer||Thursday, March 18th 2010, 06:03 GMT|
Peugeot remained fastest on the official pre-race test day for the Sebring 12 Hours on Wednesday.
The #07 car of Marc Gene, Alex Wurz and Anthony Davidson set the pace with a 1m45.811s lap, three tenths of a second ahead of the sister #08 car driven by Pedro Lamy, Sebastien Bourdais and Nicolas Minassian, with Gene and Lamy recording the best times in their respective cars.
Aston Martin sat out Wednesday's session, so Peugeot had a 2s margin over the competition, which was led by the Highcroft HPD car. Marino Franchitti's benchmark lap was 1.5s clear of the team's LMP2 rivals.
Competition was close in the new LMPC class, where half a second covered five of the six entrants. Andy Wallace was the pacesetter for Genoa.
Corvette held a one-two in GT2, with Risi Ferrari and the Falken and Flying Lizard Porsches its closest rivals as BMW chose to skip the session. Alex Job Racing's Jan-Dirk Lueders, Bill Sweedler and Romeo Kapudija were fastest in GTC, despite crashing late on.
Three practice sessions - one after dark - are scheduled for today, before final practice and qualifying on Friday.
Pos Cl Drivers Car Time 1. P1 Gene/Wurz/Davidson Peugeot 1m45.811s 2. P1 Lamy/Bourdais/Minassian Peugeot 1m46.148s 3. P2 Brabham/Pagenaud/Franchitti HPD 1m47.995s 4. P1 Drayson/Cocker/Pirro Lola 1m48.793s 5. P2 Pickett/Graf/Maassen Porsche 1m49.530s 6. P2 Dyson/Smith/Meyrick Lola-Mazda 1m49.598s 7. P1 Willman/Burgess/Ehret Lola 1m52.895s 8. PC Wallace/Sutherland/Hildebrand ORECA 1m57.101s 9. PC Zugel/Jeannette/Julian ORECA 1m57.254s 10. PC Tucker/Hunter-Reay/Gue ORECA 1m57.347s 11. PC Feinberg/Marcelli ORECA 1m57.599s 12. PC Tucker/Bouchut/Wilkins ORECA 1m57.624s 13. PC Pagerey/Wong/Ducote ORECA 2m01.565s 14. GT2 Magnussen/O'Connell/Garcia Corvette 2m01.837s 15. GT2 Beretta/Gavin/Collard Corvette 2m02.020s 16. GT2 Melo/Bruni/Kaffer Ferrari 2m02.268s 17. GT2 Sellers/Henzler/Pilet Porsche 2m02.369s 18. GT2 Bergmeister/Long/Lieb Porsche 2m02.466s 19. GT2 Krohn/Jonsson/van de Poele Ferrari 2m03.186s 20. GT2 Law/Neiman/Lietz Porsche 2m03.386s 21. GTC Sweedler/Kapudija/Lueders Porsche 2m06.986s 22. GTC Lewis/Vento/Aschenbach Porsche 2m07.924s 23. GTC Richard/Ende/Lally Porsche 2m08.357s 24. GTC Curtis/Sofronas/Pilgrim Porsche 2m08.628s 25. GTC Gonzalez/Diaz/Kelly Porsche 2m09.308s 26. GTC Rodriguez/Bieker/Friedman Porsche 2m12.353s 27. GTC Gonzalez/Leitzinger/Keen Porsche 2m14.638s 28. GT2 Gentilozzi/Goossens/Dalziel Jaguar 2m29.501s 29. GT2 Sharp/van Overbeek/Farnbacher Ferrari 30. GT2 Brown/Cosmo/Barbosa Ferrari 31. P1 Field/Field Lola 32. GT2 Robertson/Robertson/Murry Doran Ford 33. GT2 Muller/Hand/Priaulx BMW 34. GT2 Auberlen/Milner/Werner BMW 35. P1 Mucke/Primat/Fernandez Lola-Aston Martin