Sebring 12 Hours – Hour 6 Update
The battle for the overall lead kept on going as the race went into its sixth hour. Allan McNish and Franck Montagny were close to each other, with Rockenfeller and Dixon at some distance in third and fourth. Temperatures were dropping a bit as the clouds rolled in and the wind speed increased.
Just after the five hour mark the fight between Montagny and McNish reached a climax it seemed. Just after crossing the finish line the Peugeot driver put his car next to that of McNish and heading into turn 1 there was a Peugeot in the lead again. However Montagny was unable to get away from McNish and at the hairpin the two encountered the Flying Lizards Porsche #45. McNish took the best line and passed Montagny again, reclaiming the lead of the race.
At around the same time the #92 BMW E92 M3 and #20 Lola Mazda were pushed behind the wall. Not much later the Dyson car was retired from the race. The second car was also retired after having had lots of problems in the fifth hour of the race. As a result the Lowe’s Fernandez Racing Acura ARX-01b was the only LMP2 car left in the race.
Just before 4 o’clock Allan McNish set the fastest lap of the race so far, a 1:44.750. Montagny would not let go though and some 15 minutes later the gap between the Scotsman and the Frenchman was still only half a second. The other two diesels already at quite some distance.
Both the #08 and the #2 went into the pit where not being able to double stint the tyres turned out to be a big problem for the Audi team. Franck Montagny left the pit much quicker than McNish was able to do and began to create a reasonably big gap to the Audi driver.