Fassler Keeps Audi On Top Through Second Sebring Practice


Fassler helped but the #1 nearly two seconds clear at the top of the session (Photo Credit: Audi Motorsport)

After Audi teammate Benoit Treluyer paced the day’s opening practice session in the #1 e-tron quattro it was Marcel Fassler who was fastest in the second hour long practice session on the opening day of official running at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Fassler’s time (1:45.806) around the 3.74 mile circuit was one of number of late laps that shaped the final timesheets for the session.

Andrea Belicchi was second fastest in the Rebellion Racing Lola he will share with Frankie Cheng and Mathias Beche, with Klaus Graf the fastest man in the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing squad. However, Fassler enjoyed an advantage of nearly two seconds in the lead of session.

The second Rebellion entry of Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost and Neel Jani was fourth fastest with the #2 Audi r18 e-tron quattro fifth, the second team from the manufacturer turning the first laps of the day after an early dram in the first session left then confined to the pitlane.

Another late lap – this from Ryan Briscoe – led a 1-2 for Level 5 Motorsports in P2 with practice one winner Simon Pagenaud second fastest and Eric Lux third for European visitors Greaves Motorsport. The remaining cars in the class – the pair of Extreme Speed Motorsports HPDs were tenth and twelfth fastest overall, with the DeltaWing ending the session in eleventh – five seconds off the pace of the LMP1 cars it will compete against in the race.

Gianmaria Bruni set the fastest lap in GT on his final lap in Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 458 Italia. Darren Turner – in the Aston Martin Racing #97 Stefan Mucke topped the first session with – was second fastest, Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner third.

CORE Autosport and Mark Wilkins led the two BAR1 Motorsports in LMPC. Jeroen Bleekemolen, Sean Edwards and Kevin Estre – Porsche Supercup stars all – took the top three spots in GTC for Alex Job Racing, NGT Motorsport and TRG.