21 March 2010
Peugeot secures first Sebring victory
Chris Dyson, Guy Smith and Andy Meyrick placed third in class with their isobutanol-powered Lola B09/86-Mazda. The car experienced electrical sensor issues early and was well down the overall order as a result.
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.
Risi now has won consecutively at Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans, etching even more history in the F430 GT.
“I think it's everything together,” said Melo. “The team is a very, very good team. With three drivers who are very consistent like Gimmi and Pierre… that's the way to win this kind of race. The Michelin tyres are very consistent and work well for us. The preparation of the car is the key to this race. I know the F430 from when we started developing the car. We want to put it in the history books, so we want to win this year so bad. We can send it off in a good way.”
The fight in GT2 was a fantastic scrap before attrition started to take its toll. Team Falken Tire led early on in its Porsche but had two wheels come off on consecutive laps. The second hit the then-second-place Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche, which lost three laps in the pits due to an issue with the Safety Car picking up the race leader – with the pits being closed until the leader had been picked up.
Corvette Racing's two Corvettes collided in pit lane when one Corvette C6.R tried to leave its pit box and another came in simultaneously – the uncharacteristic error costing the team its chance of victory as both cars were delayed due to the damage sustained.
In the new LMPC class, Level 5 Motorsports trio 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 which was delayed by issues during the race. Genoa Racing's Andy Wallace, JR Hildebrand and Tom Sutherland placed third in class.
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 Bourdais, Minassian and 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.
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