Graf Flexes His Muscle At Sebring

Klaus Graf put Muscle Milk Pickett Racing at the top of the speed charts during testing Tuesday at Sebring (Fla.) Int'l Raceway. (ALMS Photo)
Klaus Graf put Muscle Milk Pickett Racing at the top of the speed charts during testing Tuesday at Sebring (Fla.) Int’l Raceway. (ALMS Photo)

SEBRING, Fla. – Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s Klaus Graf set the best time in Tuesday’s second session as testing continued for this weekend’s 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.

The defending P1 co-champion in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón set a lap of 1:47.789 (124.911 mph) in the team’s No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a.

Graf, driving with fellow P1 champion Lucas Luhr and Romain Dumas, was 0.735 seconds clear of Audi Sport Team Joest’s No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid prototype. The car – driven by Oliver Jarvis, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer – set a best time of 1:48.524 (124.065 mph). Rebellion Racing’s No. 13 Lola B12/60-Toyota of Mathias Beche, Congfu Chen and Andrea Belicchi – sat third at 1:50.198 (122.180 mph).

The only red flag for the session came with 10 minutes to go when the No. 1 Audi ran out of fuel on the opening part of its lap. Just before the stoppage, Aston Martin Racing’s No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage set the best GT time – 2:01.451 (110.86 mph). Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke and Bruno Senna are sharing the car.

SRT Motorsports’ No. 93 SRT Viper GTS-R of Jonathan Bomarito, Tommy Kendall and Kuno Wittmer was just 0.357 seconds behind the Aston Martin. Corvette Racing’s No. 4 Corvette C6 ZR1 of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook was third at 2:01.886 (110.464 mph).

In P2, Level 5 Motorsports’ two HPD ARX-03b prototypes held the top two times in class. The No. 055 for Scott Tucker, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud was fastest with a time of 1:53.263 (118.874 mph). The No. 95 of Tucker, Ryan Briscoe and Marino Franchitti was a second behind. Greaves Motorsport’s No. 41 Zytek-Nissan sat third with a 1:55.362 (116.711 mph).

DragonSpeed Mishumotors’ No. 81 ORECA FLM09 set the best time in Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire. The car of Mirco Schultis, Patrick Simon and Pierre Kaffer posted a lap of 1:56.901 (115.174 mph). BAR1 Motorsports’ two entries were second and third, as the No. 8 of Kyle Marcelli, Chris Cumming and Stefan Johansson led the team effort at 1:57.387 (114.698 mph).

TRG led an incredibly tight field in GT Challenge with its No. 66 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Ben Keating, Damien Faulkner and Craig Stanton. Its time of 2:07.821 (105.335 mph) was a slim 0.131 seconds clear of the No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche of Jeroen Bleekemolen, Cooper MacNeil and Dion von Moltke. Dempsey Del Piero Racing’s No. 27 Porsche of Patrick Dempsey, Andy Lally and Joe Foster was third at 2:07.985 (105.200 mph).

The top four cars in class were within 0.172 seconds.

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