Sebring 12 Hours – Hour 5 Update

Dyson Racing Lola Mazda without rear wingFor the Dyson Racing Team the fifth hour did not start the way they wanted it. The rear wing of the #16 Lola B09/86 Mazda fell off and the car had to return to the pit for an unscheduled stop. Unfortunately for Andy Lally who was behind the wheel it took the team 11 minutes to repair the car.

Peugeot and Audi kept controlling the race, exchanging the lead several times so far. At 2.55 pm though it was Bourdais’ Peugeot that spun at turn 17. The French driver stalled the car, but fortunately for him restarted and returned to the race line, losing over twenty seconds, but not the lead in the race.

The #07 Peugeot then suffered more problems. Klien went into the pit box with a malfunctioning airconditioning. Klien handed over the car to Lamy and the team started to work on replacing the airco. This took them fifteen minutes, a period in which the Peugeot dropped outside the top 6.

Andy Lally returned to the pit several times for problems with the rear wing and rear splitter and the car was eventually pushed behind the wall.

One minute before the end of the fifth hour McNish took advantage of Montagny running on cold tires after his pit stop and passed the French driver to take the lead in the #2 Audi R15 TDI.

Standings at the end of the hour:
#2 Audi – #08 Peugeot – #1 Audi
#15 Acura – #20 Lola – #16 Lola
#3 Corvette – #4 Corvette
#62 Ferrari -#92 BMW – #95 Ferrari