Briscoe Leads 1-2 LMP2 Class Qualifying Effort at Sebring for Honda

3/15/2013

HPD Racing Report

Friday, March 15, 2013

Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring                                                                           Qualifying Report

Circuit:       Sebring International Raceway (3.74 mile road course), Sebring, Fla.

Weather:    Sunny, mild, 74 degrees F

 

Top 10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Class

Drivers

Team

Chassis/Engine

Qualifying Time

1.

1. LMP1

Marcel Fassler*/Oliver Jarvis/Benoit Treluyer

Audi Team Joest

Audi R18 e-tron quattro

1:43.886

2.

2. LMP1

Lucas di Grassi/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish*

Audi Team Joest

Audi R18 e-tron quattro

1;43.895

3.

3. LMP1

Nick Heidfeld*/Neel Jani/Nicholas Prost

Rebellion Racing

Lola B12/60 Toyota

1:46.456

5.

4. LMP1

Klaus Graf*/Lucas Luhr/Romain  Dumas

Muscle Milk Pickett

HPD ARX-03c Honda

1:46.478

5.

5. LMP1

Mathias Beche/Andrea Belicchi*/ Congfu “Frankie” Cheng

Rebellion Racing

Lola B12/60 Toyota

1:46.698

6.

6. LMP1

Chris Dyson/Butch Leitzinger*/Guy Smith

Dyson Racing

Lola B12/60 Mazda

1;48.407

7.

2. LMP2

Ryan Briscoe*/Marino Franchitti/Scott Tucker

Level 5 Motorsports

HPD ARX-03b Honda

1:51.159

8.

1. LMP2

Ryan Hunter-Reay*/Simon Pagenaud/Scott Tucker

Level 5 Motorsports

HPD ARX-03b Honda

1:51.271

9.

3. LMP2

Tom Kimber-Smith*/Eric Lux/Christian Zugel

Greaves Motorsports

Zytek Z11SN Nissan

1:51.366

10.

4. LMP2

David Brabham*/Guy Cosmo/Scott Sharp

Extreme Speed Motorsports

HPD ARX-03b Honda

1:52.703

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

5. LMP2

Ed Brown/Anthony Lazzaro/Johannes van Overbeek *

Extreme Speed Motorsports

HPD ARX-03b Honda

1:53.074

 

 

             

* Qualifying driver

 

       Briscoe Leads 1-2 Qualifying Effort for HPD, Level 5

 

Defending American Le Mans Series LMP2 class champions Level 5 Motorsports picked up where they left off in 2012, with Ryan Briscoe and Ryan Hunter-Reay qualifying their HPD ARX-03bs first and second, respectively Friday at Sebring International Raceway in preparation for Saturday’s 61st 12 Hours of Sebring. 

 

In LMP1, defending class champion Muscle Milk/Pickett Racing will start fourth, after a tight qualifying battle with the Rebellion Racing Lolas of Nick Heidfeld and Andea Belicchi.

 

After fending off a challenge from the Greaves Motorsports Zytek-Nissan of Tom Kimber-Smith in the first half of the single qualifying session, the LMP2 battle came down to a duel between teammates, with Briscoe edging the second Level 5 HPD ARX-03b by 12-hundredths of a second in the final five minutes.

 

The 61st running of the 12 Hours of Sebring starts tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. EDT, with live television coverage on Speed and on the internet at http://www.alms.com/camera/live-broadcast.

 

Ryan Briscoe (driver, #551 Level 5 Racing HPD ARX-03b) qualified on LMP2 class pole, 7th overall:  "This feels great, it’s awesome to be back here at Sebring.  All the guys at HPD, Honda and Level 5 have been working extremely hard since we got here, and we have a great car for the race.  Qualifying was really close with Ryan [Hunter-Reay].  We always ran really close in IndyCars, and it’s carried over to here.  I love these cars and this track, and I’m really happy for the team for us to be starting 1-2.



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