ESM on top after six hours

Extreme Speed Motorsports’ Ryan Dalziel led the 62nd 12 Hours of Sebring at the six-hour mark. Christian Fittipaldi lay second in the pole-sitting Action Express Corvette DP, followed by Alexander Brundle (Oak Racing Morgan Nissan), Tony Kanaan (No. 02 Ganassi Ford Riley), and Simon Pagenaud (Extreme Speed Honda). The No. 5 Action Express car and the No. 02 Ganassi Ford had led most of the laps in the race - though the safety car had also led quite a few laps.

The race had been slowed by eight caution periods - many of them caused by Prototype Challenge cars. A third of the field was 12 or more laps behind Dalziel and six cars were behind the pit wall in various stages of being repaired.

#555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia: Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler, Maurizio Mediani, Jeff Segal
#555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia: Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler, Maurizio Mediani, Jeff Segal

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The worst wreck came shortly before the half-way mark, when Gaston Kearby spun and then drifted back across the track, directly in front of Alex Tagliani. Tagliani veered to the left to try to avoid Kearby, but still hit Kearby with so much force that both cars were badly damaged. Both drivers were checked and released by the infield care center.

Jörg Bergmeister led the way in the GT Le Mans class in the No. 912 Porsche. Rob Bell (SRT Viper) and Joey Hand (BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE) ran second and third in class.

Ferraris ran first and third in GT Daytona, with the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia (Jeff Westphal) leading and the AIM Autosport (Townsend Bell) entry in third. Paul Dalla Lana’s Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 sat between the two Ferraris.

Colin Braun was leading the crash-plagued Prototype Challenge class. Whether any cars from this class finish the race remains to be seen.

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