Pair of ILMC entrants lead Friday practice

March 18, 2011

Pair of ILMC entrants lead Friday practice

March 18, 2011

No. 10 Oreca Peugeot 908 HDi FAP. Photo credit: Rick Dole for Michelin North America

A pair of teams competing in the entire Intercontinental Le Mans Cup for 2011 leapt to the top of the timesheets in the final one-hour pre-qualifying practice for the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Peugeot topped the charts, but with the previous generation 908 HDi FAP run by the Oreca team. Loic Duval set the fastest time on his final lap of the session at 1:48.704. Duval will drive with his countrymen from France, Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Panis in the No. 10 Peugeot.

Duval edged both of the Audi R15 TDIs, which also dipped under 1:50 at 1:49.730 (No. 2, Tom Kristensen) and 1:49.792 (No. 1, Romain Dumas), respectively. Stephane Sarrazin in the first of the factory Peugeot 908s and Simon Pagenaud in Highcroft’s HPD ARX-01e completed the top five.

In GT, Luxury Racing put its No. 59 Ferrari F458 Italia on top courtesy of Frederic Makowiecki’s 2:02.576 flier on his final lap. Luxury led another ILMC Ferrari entrant, the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT, with Gianmaria Bruni timing in at 2:02.684.

American Le Mans Series regulars BMW, Risi Ferrari and Flying Lizard Porsche completed the top six, with BMW in spots 3-4. Corvette Racing placed its cars seventh and eighth in class ahead of the No. 001 Extreme Speed Ferrari F458, which was fastest in class in Thursday night practice.

Dane Cameron again set the quickest time in LMP Challenge for Genoa Racing in the bright red No. 036 car.

Other class leaders from Friday morning’s practice:
• LMP2: No. 26 Signatech Oreca 03 Nissan (1:55.104)
• LMPC: No. 036 Genoa Racing Oreca FLM09 (1:57.367)
• GTE AM: No. 63 Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (2:05.439)
• GTC: No. 030 NGT Porsche GT3 Cup (2:07.359)

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