Aston, Corvette lead Sebring testing
Date published : 10 Feb 2011 - 13:08:44
CytoSport's newly-acquired Lola-Aston Martin LMP1 car was quickest on the opening day of official testing for the Sebring 12 Hours, while Corvette led the way in the GT class.Although 31 cars took part in Wednesday's test, many of the major contenders chose to skip the event - including favourites Audi and Peugeot, plus the brand new LMP1 Aston and the latest Highcroft HPD, as well as leading European entrants such as Rebellion Racing.The CytoSport Lola-Aston and the Dyson Lola-Mazda were the only two LMP1 cars present, and Klaus Graf and Greg Pickett set the pace with a 1m50.530s, half a second quicker than Dyson's Chris Dyson, Guy Smith and newcomer Jay Cochran.Corvette's Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen were quickest in GTE in both the morning and afternoon sessions, with the Flying Lizard Porsche of Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long their nearest rival in session one, and the Krohn Ferrari of Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonasson second later on.Risi gave the latest Ferrari 458 its public debut and was fifth quickest with team regulars Jaime Melo and Toni Vilander, behind the Falken Porsche and the second Corvette. The BMWs were not present for the test, while the RSR Jaguars were a late withdrawal.Testing continues today. A 59-car entry is expected for next month's race, which is the opening round of both the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and the American Le Mans Series.