Bourdais Wins Sebring Pole
Sebastien Bourdais won the pole for Saturday’s Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway.
Winning class poles were Bruno Junqueira (Prototype Challenge), Michael Christensen (GT Le Mans ) and Dane Cameron (GT Daytaon).
Bourdais posted a lap in 1:51.917 to score the top spot for the Rolex 24 at Daytona-winning No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP. He’ll co-drive in the second round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season with Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.
Olivier Pla in the OAK Racing’s No. 42 Morgan Nissan was second at 1:52.086. He’ll co-drive with Alex Brundle and Gustavo Yacaman.
Junqueira laid down a quick time in the spec-ORECA FLM09 class, some 0.76 seconds clear of the field in the No. 09 RSR Racing entry. His time of 1:54.839 makes his second pole at Sebring, as he also won the class pole for RSR in 2012. The Brazilian will co-drive with Duncan Ende and David Heinemeier Hansson in Saturday’s race.
The 8Star and Performance Tech PC class cars were second and third.
Porsche North America took the GT Le Mans class pole with Sebring debutante Michael Christensen in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR at 1:58.933. His co-drivers are Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister.
Two Porsches, BMWS and Corvettes apiece made up the top six, and combined were separated by under four tenths of a second.
Dane Cameron took the GT Daytona class pole in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3, at a track that suits this car better. His co-drivers for Saturday are Paul Dalla Lana, Markus Palttala and Shane Lewis.
Cameron’s time of 2:04.258 was one-hundredth of a second better than the second-placed Leh Keen in the No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America.
An SRT Viper GT3-R, Aston Martin Vantage and Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 apiece rounded out the top five in class.No Comment