Weather Washes Out Qualifying

The grid has been set by combining the best times from both sessions held on Wednesday as well as the Thursday morning session. The qualifying session, due to be held on Thursday afternoon, was instead turned into an open practice - no teams made use of the track time

Weather Washes Out Qualifying
Qualifying for the 12 Hours of Sebring was cancelled due to inclement weather, resulting in a provisional grid set by an aggregate of practice times.

Overall pole has been awarded to the first Audi R8 team of JJ Lehto, Marco Werner and Tom Kristensen. "The Audi R8 could have been a bit faster," Lehto said. "We weren't really pushing, as we were expecting to have qualifying. The track was very bad - it was very dirty and sandy."

The P2 class is headed by the Lola B05/40 of Jon Field, Duncan Dayton and Gregor Fisken, who have a time almost three seconds ahead of the next car in their class. "The new Lola seems to be a good car so far," Field said. " This car is built more like a prototype should be - it's real rugged and not as flimsy. We ordered the car late, but Lola did a great job putting it together so precisely."

GT1's pole was set by the Corvette C6-R of Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Jan Magnussen, just ahead of their sister car, while the GT2 pole was claimed by the privateer Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Lucas Lehr.

The grid does not become official until one hour before Saturday's warm up session.

12 Hours of Sebring - Unofficial Starting Grid:

1. JJ Lehto Marco Werner Tom Kristensen Audi R8 (P1) 1:49.723
2. Frank Biela Emanuele Pirro Allan McNish Audi R8 (P1) 1:50.055
3. Chris Dyson Guy Smith Lola EX257 AER (P1) 1:50.249
4. James Weaver Butch Leitzinger Andy Wallace Lola EX257 AER (P1) 1:51.351
5. Jon Field Duncan Dayton Gregor Fisken Lola B05/40/AER (P2) 1:51.752
6. Ian James Chris McMurry Jeff Bucknum Courage C-65 (P2) 1:54.669
7. Phillip Bennett Ian Mitchell Harold Primat Courage C-65 Judd (P2) 1:55.986
8. Oliver Gavin Olivier Beretta Jan Magnussen Corvette C6-R (GT1) 1:57.347
9. Ron Fellows Johnny O'Connell Max Papis Corvette C6-R (GT1) 1:57.686
10. Michael Lewis Tomy Drissi Bryan Willman Riley & Scott MRK IIIC (P1) 1:57.841
11. Terry Borcheller Johnny Mowlem Ralf Kelleners Saleen S7R (GT1) 1:57.881
12. Joao Barbosa Didier Theys Michael Krumm Dallara Nissan (P1) 1:58.001
13. Peter Kox Pedro Lamy Stephane Sarrazin Aston Martin DB9 (GT1) 1:58.370
14. David Brabham Darren Turner Stephane Ortelli Aston Martin DB9 (GT1) 1:58.519
15. Alex Figgie David Empringham Ryan Dalziel Corvette C5-R (GT1) 1:59.409
16. Tom Weickardt Jean-Philippe Belloc Michele Rugulo Dodge Viper (GT1) 2:00.079
17. Sebastien Bourdais Christophe Bouchut Fabricio Gollin Ferrari 550 Maranello (GT1) 2:00.099
18. William Binnie Adam Sharpe Robert Julien Lola B05/42 McLaren (P2) 2:00.219
19. Andrea Bertolini Fabio Babini Fabrizio De Simone Maserati MC12 (GT1) 2:00.381
20. Lucas Luhr Patrick Long Jorg Bergmeister Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2) 2:04.960
21. Bill Auberlen Robin Liddell Emanuele Naspetti Panoz Esperante eGTLM (GT2) 2:05.047
22. Timo Bernhard Romain Dumas Sascha Maassen Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2) 2:05.078
23. Johannes van Overbeek Jon Fogarty Darren Law Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2) 2:06.140
24. Gunnar Jeannette Scott Maxwell Bryan Sellers Panoz Esperante eGTLM (GT2) 2:06.479
25. Randy Pobst Ian Baas Brian Cunningham Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2) 2:06.687
26. Lonnie Pechnik Seth Neiman David Murry Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2) 2:07.304
27. Pierre Ehret Kevin Buckler Andrew Davis Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2) 2:07.625
28. Tony Burgess Mike Rockenfeller Martin Jensen Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2) 2:07.916
29. Justin Jackson Tim Sugden Nic Jonsson Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2) 2:08.291
30. Rick Sutherland Nigel Smith Saleen S7R (GT1) 2:08.346
31. Marc Hynes Richard Dean Patrick Pearce TVR 400R (GT2) 2:08.347
32. Warren Hughes Jonny Kane Lawrence Tomilson TVR 400R (GT2) 2:08.729
33. Juan Barazi Michael Vergers Andrew Thompson Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2) 2:09.022
34. Tracy Krohn Marc Sluszny Michael Cawley Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2) 2:09.110
35. Clint Field Gareth Ridpath Liz Halliday Lola B2K/40/Judd (P2) 2:10.031
36. Tom Coronel Marc Goosens Donny Crevels Spyker C-8 Spyder GT2 R (GT2) 2:10.840
37. Steve Ivankovich Spencer Pumpelly Andy Lally Porsche 911 GT3 RS (GT2) 2:13.176
38. Peter van Merkensteyn Frans Munsterhuis Marino Franchitti Spyker C-8 Spyder GT2 R (GT2) 2:16.733
39. TBA Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2) No Time
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