Peugeot on top after three hours
|By Matt Beer||Saturday, March 19th 2011, 17:34 GMT|
Peugeot is running one-two in the Sebring 12 Hours at one quarter distance, although the lead keeps changing hands with all the frontrunners on slightly different pit strategies.
The #7 Peugeot had the advantage after three hours, with Anthony Davidson holding a 23-second cushion over Stephane Sarrazin after the latter's recent pitstop. Davidson's next stop is due soon.
Audi has had several stints in the lead, its #2 car having taken a divergent path when it only took on fuel at its second pitstop while the Peugeots also changed tyres and drivers. Tom Kristensen made the #2 Audi's fourth stop a few moments ago so is currently fourth behind the Highcroft HPD, which is not only top petrol car but still on the lead lap.
The #1 Audi looks to be out of contention. Two left rear punctures in quick succession and consequent bodywork damage at the start of the second hour have left the car six laps down in 29th overall.
The ORECA Peugeot is still within a lap of the leaders in fifth, ahead of the #15 OAK Pescarolo, Rebellion and Dyson. The Muscle Milk Lola-Aston Martin is dropping down the order after issues getting restarted following pitstops.
BMW holds a one-two in GT at present, ahead of the Risi and AF Corse Ferraris.
The #04 Corvette and #45 Flying Lizard Porsche lost ground when they tangled and spun two hours into the race, with Johannes van Overbeek's Extreme Speed Ferrari then clipping the Corvette and having a heavy impact with the wall. Van Overbeek was unhurt.