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59 entered for 12 Hours of Sebring

Posted Feb 10, 2011 by Allen Moody

Updated Feb 10, 2011 at 03:03 PM

A field of 59 cars are expected to be entered in the 2011 12 Hours of Sebring, which will take place March 14 through March 19 at Sebring International Raceway. The 59 entries will match the 2002 total, which is the largest since the affiliation with ALMS.
Peugeot Sport in LMP1, Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing (up to P1 from LMP2), Level 5 Motorsports (LMPC to LMP2), Risi Competizione (GT) and Alex Job Racing (GTC) will all be back to defend their Sebring titles.

Sebring Summary

Posted Mar 21, 2010 by Earl Fannin

Updated Mar 20, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Alexander Wurz’s outlap after his final stop was quick enough for an overall victory for himself and Team Peugeot Total teammates Marc Gene and Anthony Davidson. Wurz drove his diesel-powered Peugeot 908 HDi FAP to a 13.817-second win at the 58th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida, a first in the event for the famed French marque.

Gene and Wurz were teammates for Peugeot’s historic victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June 2009. The 908 HDi know holds trophies from all of the major endurance races with a win at Petit Le Mans in September.

Greg Pickett, Klaus Graf and Sascha Maassen won in LMP2 for Muscle Milk Team CytoSport. Their Porsche RS Spyder won by three laps over the Patrón Highcroft Racing HPD ARX-01c, which led until an electrical problem inside four hours to go set them back.

Risi Competizione won in GT2, the team’s sixth straight victory in a major endurance race. Jaime Melo, Gimmi Bruni and Pierre Kaffer took a one-lap victory in their Ferrari F430 GT over BMW Rahal Letterman Racing’s two BMW M3s, which swapped positions on the last turn of the last lap.

In the new LMPC class, Level 5 Motorsports’ trio of Scott Tucker, Christophe Bouchut and Mark Wilkins won handily with their ORECA FLM09 prototype. They won by 16 laps over the Green Earth Team Gunnar trio of Gunnar Jeannette, Christian Zugel and Elton Julian.

Alex Job Racing made a triumphant return to the Series with a sweep of the GT Challenge podium. Butch Leitzinger, Juan Gonzalez and Leh Keen won by three laps over the sister car of Bill Sweedler, Romeo Kapudija and Jan-Dirk Lueders.

The Peugeot prototype of Sebastien Bourdais, Nic Minassian and Pedro Lamy were prototype winners in the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge, with the Flying Lizard Motorsports’ trio of Seth Neiman, Darren Law and Richard Lietz the GT winners. The award goes to the prototype and GT entry in each class that goes the farthest, the fastest and with the smallest amount of environmental impact.

Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida
Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla.
Saturday’s results
1. (1) Alexander Wurz; Marc Gene, Spain; Anthony Davidson, England; Peugeot 908 HDI FAP (1, P1), 367.
2. (2) Sebastien Bourdais, France; Nicolas Minassian, England; Pedro Lamy, Lisbon Portugal; Peugeot 908 HDI FAP (2, P1), 367.
3. (3) Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Stefan Mucke, Germany; Harold Primat, Switzerland; Lola B09 60/Aston Martin (3, P1), 364.
4. (6) Greg Pickett, Alamo, CA; Klaus Graf, Germany; Sascha Maassen, Germany; Porsche RS Spyder (1, P2), 353.
5. (5) Simon Pagenaud, France; Marino Franchitti, Scotland; David Brabham, Australia; HPD ARX-01c (2, P2), 349.
6. (15) Jaime Melo, Brazil; Gianmaria Bruni, Italy; Pierre Kaffer, Germany; Ferrari 430 GT (1, GT2), 331.
7. (19) Dirk Werner, Germany; Bill Auberlen, Hermosa Beach, CA; Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; BMW E92 M3 (2, GT2), 330.
8. (34) Dirk Mueller, Germany; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; Andy Priaulx, Germany; BMW E92 M3 (3, GT2), 330.
9. (13) Jorg Bergmeister, Germany; Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Marc Lieb, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (4, GT2), 329.
10. (11) Christophe Bouchut, France; Mark Wilkins, Canada; Scott Tucker; Oreca FLM09 (5, LMPC), 327.
11. (28) Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Richard Lietz, Austria; Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (6, GT2), 325.
12. (4) Emanuele Pirro, Italy; Paul Drayson, London, UK; Jonny Cocker, UK; Lola B09 60/Judd (4, P1), 324.
13. (20) Guy Cosmo, Long Island, NY; Joao Barbosa, Portugal; Ed Brown, Las Vegas, NV; Ferrari 430 GT (7, GT2), 323.
14. (23) Nic Jonsson, Sweden; Eric van de Poele, Belgium; Tracy Krohn, Houston, TX; Ferrari 430 GT (8, GT2), 321.
15. (16) Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Johnny O`Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Antonio Garcia, Spain; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (9, GT2), 320.
16. (17) Oliver Gavin, England; Emmanuel Collard, France; Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (10, GT2), 320.
17. (9) Gunnar Jeannette, Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Elton Julian, Los Angeles, CA; Christian Zugel; Oreca FLM09 (11, LMPC), 311.
18. (22) Leh Keen, Dublin, GA; Juan Gonzalez, Mexico; Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (12, GTC), 308.
19. (25) Romeo Kapudija, Lincolnwood, IL; Jan-Dirk Lueders; Bill Sweedler, Westport, CT; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (13, GTC), 305.
20. (24) Luis Diaz, Mexico; Patrick Kelly, Minnestrista,MN; Ricardo Gonzalez, Mexico; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (14, GTC), 304.
21. (7) Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Andy Meyrick; Lola B09 86/Mazda (3, P2), 303.
22. (32) Robert Rodriquez, Zephyr Cove, NV; Galen Bieker, Burbank, CA; Cory Friedman; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (4, GTC), 302.
23. (21) David Murry, Cumming, GA; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Design Ford GT (15, GT2), 300.
24. (26) Shane Lewis, Jupiter, FL; Gerry Vento, Palm Beach, FL; Lawson Aschenbach, West Palm Beach, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (16, GTC), 299.
25. (29) Henri Richard, Los Altos Hills; Andy Lally, New York, NY; Duncan Ende, Los Angeles, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (17, GTC), 282.
26. (33) Andy Wallace, England; Tom Sutherland, Los Gatos, CA; JR Hildebrand; Oreca FLM09 (18, LMPC), 281.
27. (27) Andy Pilgrim, Del Ray Beach, FL; Brett Curtis, Valencia, CA; James Sofronas, Newport Beach, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (19, GTC), 280.
28. (18) Scott Sharp, Jupiter; Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Ferrari 430 GT (20, GT2), 271.
29. (14) Wolf Henzler, Germany; Patrick Pilet, France; Bryan Sellers, Centerville, OH; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (21, GT2), 255.
30. (30) Joel Feinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Kyle Marcelli; Tom Weickardt, Whitefish Bay, WI; Oreca FLM09 (22, LMPC), 234.
31. (12) Mitch Pagery, Deerfield Beach, FL; Brian Wong; David Ducote; Oreca FLM09 (23, LMPC), 232.
32. (10) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Boca Raton, FL; Scott Tucker; James Gue, Athens, GA; Oreca FLM09 (24, LMPC), 224.
33. (31) Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, MI; Marc Goosens, Belgium; Ryan Dalziel, Scotland; Jaguar XKRS (25, GT2), 11, Cooling.
34. (8) Bryan Willman, Kirkland, WA; Tony Burgess, Canada; Pierre Ehret, Santa Rosa, CA; Lola B06 10/AER (5, P1), 0, Excluded.

Peugeot Wins!

Posted Mar 21, 2010 by Earl Fannin

Updated Mar 20, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring finish notes

Greg Pickett set a record for longest gap between Sebring class victories with his P2 win in the #6 Muscle Milk RS Spyder with Klaus Graf and Sascha Maassen.  It was 23 years ago that Pickett earned his last Sebring class win, co-driving a Camaro with Tommy Riggins.  Today, he finished fourth overall, completing 353 laps.

Butch Leitzinger won the new GTC class title, co-driving the #81 Mission Foods/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with Juan Gonzalez and Leh Keen.  They finished 18th overall, completing 308 laps. Leitzinger won in 1990 driving a family-owned Nissan 240 SX with David Loring and his brother, Chuck Kurtz.

The overall victory for Peugeot was the first for a French manufacturer at Sebring.  The #07 Peugeot of March Gene, Alexander Wiurz and Anthony Davidson beat the #08 Peugeot of Pedro Lamy, Sebastien Bourdais and Nicolas Minassian by 13.817 seconds.cott Tucker, Christophe Bouchut and Mark Wilkins.  They completed 327 laps and finished 10th overall.
Victory in the new LMPC class went to the #55 Level Five Motorsports Oreca FLM09 of Scott Tucker, Christophe Bouchut and Mark Wilkins.  They completed 327 laps and finished 10th overall.

The #62 Risi Ferrari 430 GT won the GT2 battle.  Drivers Jamie Melo, Gianmari Bruni and Pierre Kaffer finished sixth overall and completed 331 laps.  They led the final five and a half hours

Tequila Patron Ferrari Bursts Into Flames

Posted Mar 20, 2010 by Earl Fannin

Updated Mar 20, 2010 at 08:55 PM

Just five minutes after the 10 hour mark, Scott Sharp had a very scary moment when his #01 Tequila Patron Tequila 430 GT burst into flames entering Turn 17 – in clear view from the Patron team and VIP hospitality center.

The rear end of the car was fully engulfed in fire—it looked like a jet dragster from behind! – and he slowly came to a stop.  It took Sharp several seconds to climb out of the burning vehicle while corner worker and ALMS rescue personnel raced to his aid.  Sharp apparently was uninjured in the incident that brought out the race’s fifth caution and triggered a flurry of pit stops.

10 Hour Report

Posted Mar 20, 2010 by Earl Fannin

Updated Mar 20, 2010 at 08:47 PM

10 Hour Report

En route to its historic first victory for a French manufacturer in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh From Florida, Peugeot continued to run 1-2 overall. The #07 Peugeot 908 HDi RAP driven by Alexander Wurt has completed 306 laps and leads the #08 sister car driven by Nicolas Minassian by 6 seconds.

The #007 Aston Martin Lola driven by Adrian Fernandez was third, but was four laps down.

Class Leaders
P2—#6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder driven by Sascha Maassen, fourth overall, 294 laps.  He has a 6 lap lead over #1 Patron Highcroft HPD ARX-01c of David Brabham

GT2—#62 Risi Ferrari 430 GT driven by Gianmaria Bruni, seventh overall, 276 laps.  He has a 1 lap lead over the #90 BMW E92 M3 of Andy Priaulx.

LMPC—#55 Oreca FLM09 driven by Mark Wilkins, 10th overall,  274 laps.  He has an 18 lap lead over #99 Oreca FLM09 of Elton Julian.

GTC—#81 Mission Foods/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by Butch Leitzinger, 18th overall, 258 laps.  They have led every lap.