Peugeot Fastest in Sebring Test
By Carl Wagenfohr
Photo by Carl Wagenfohr
SEBRING, Florida - Peugeot served notice on Tuesday that they have the speed to contend for the overall win at this weekend's Twelve Hours of Sebring, setting a best time of 1 minute 44.555 seconds around the legendary 3.7-mile Sebring circuit in pre-event testing.
Making a statement that they will not go quietly into the night, the 8-time Sebring overall winner Audi, with its new R15 TDI, lagged the Peugeot by only 0.259 seconds.
Audi and Peugeot are considered favorites for the overall win, followed by Acura's LMP1 entry, the new ARX-02a. The DeFerran Motorsports Acura finished the test 1.159 seconds adrift of Peugeot's pace-setting time.
Ferrari earned the top spot in the GT2 class, with a best time of 2 minutes 2.842 seconds set by the 430 GT of the Advanced Engineering Pecom Racing Team. The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Farnbacher Loles Racing was 8/10 seconds adrift of the Ferrari, followed closely by the Ferrari 430 GT of Risi Competizione, the Porsche 911 GT3 of Flying Lizard Motorsports and the BMW M3 of Rahal Letterman Racing; the 4 cars were separated by only 8/10 second.
The green flag drops at 10:30 am on Saturday for the 57th running of the Twelve Hours of Sebring. Tickets are available at the gate, with a Saturday-only ticket for $80. Car parking is free in the lots outside the track, and ranges from $25 to $75 inside the track.
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