Porter edges Moreno for Masters Endurance Legends USA pole at Sebring
David Porter flew to pole position for tomorrow’s first of two Masters Endurance Legends USA races in the Sebring SportsCar Week, but the American Peugeot 908 driver was run close by Brazilian star Roberto Moreno in the HPD-Honda ARX-03b.
Porter dipped well under the 2-minute mark straight on his first hot lap around the classic Floridian endurance track to end up with a strong 1.55 provisional pole time ten minutes into the session. Some 15 minutes later, Moreno came within three tenths of the diesel-powered machine and looked a threat for pole but soon after, the former Benetton F1 driver and Patrick Racing IndyCar hero was forced to pull his HPD off the track. Porter then put the issue beyond doubt by lowering his best to a 1.54.426 with three minutes to go.
Right at the end, Nigel Greensall hauled the Ligier-Nissan JSP3-15 shared with Francesco Melandri up to third with a couple of very quick laps, pushing down Travis Engen in the Audi R8 to fourth. At the start of the session, Engen briefly led the times before Porter’s Peugeot took command. The Coyote Corvette DP started by Robert Tornello and then taken over by Dante Tornello was fifth fastest ahead of Joe Robillard’s Norma-Nissan M30 and Aristotle Balogh’s Ligier JSP3-15 while Greg Thornton in eighth was still getting a feel for the Elan DP02.
In his BMW M3 GTR, Scooter Gabel notched up the GT class pole with a 2.13.743 time set early on. 20 minutes into the session, Carlos De Quesada got to within half a second in his Porsche 911 GT2 Evo, but then failed to improve any further. Dutchman Theo Ruijgh ran to third in class in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Bob Blain and Jamie Constable were sharing another HPD-Honda ARX-03b but the car ground to a halt with a broken input shaft just minutes into the session, Blain unable to set a time.
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