Action Express Racing doubles up in Sebring second practice


Action Express Racing recorded a second consecutive one-two in the second practice session for the 12 Hours of Sebring.

This time it was the #5 Corvette DP that took the top spot in the one hour session, courtesy of a 1:53.850s lap by Christian Fittipaldi who shares the car with Joao Barbosa, Scott Pruett and Felipe Albuquerque.

Fittipaldi’s effort eclipsed that of Scott Pruett in the #31 machine by 0.433s.

Third fastest overall was the Alegra Motorsports Riley-BMW DP, making its WeatherTech Sportscar Championship debut this weekend. Daniel Morad set the car’s quickest lap at 1:54.334, holding off Olivier Pla in the Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2-HPD.

Visit Florida Racing filled the fifth place spot with DragonSpeed’s Oreca 05-Nissan finishing sixth.

Prototype Challenge was once again led by the CORE Autosport Oreca FLM09-Chevrolet, although in the afternoon it was Mark Wilkins who set the fastest lap after Colin Braun set the morning pace. Second in class was the #88 Starworks Motorsport entry, which led the sister #8 machine at the end of the second session.

In GTLM, Porsche rose to the top of the timesheets with a 2:00.041 coming from Patrick Pilet. The Frenchman ended the day with a gap of three hundredths of a second to the #3 Corvette C7.R, while Scuderia Corsa’s Ferrari 488 completed the top three.

Aston Martin Racing made a statement to the GTD category when Mathias Lauda set the fastest lap aboard the #98 Vantage. Lauda’s 2:03.692 benchmark produced a 0.14s gap between himself and the Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche, while the Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper that led the morning session ended the second session third in class.

Qualifying for the 12 Hours of Sebring – round two of the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship – takes place tomorrow (March 18) at 15:30 EST.