20 Feb 2012 — Pablo Garcia raced at the front of the field most of all drivers, leading 26 of 42 laps on a run to first place in the Sebring Masters in Round 6 of the GT Masters series.
Garcia swapped leads multiple rounds with Mario Saban in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for the race lead from the beginning, passing each other nine times over a stretch of 24 laps. Garcia spent the majority leading Saban after originally engaging and passing him on the second lap. After losing the spot on lap 28, Garcia got around Saban for the fifth time and into first place on lap 29, and kept it the remaining 13 laps to the conclusion.
Garcia remains in the lead of the standings, increasing the lead over rival Tony Watts to nine points. Garcia has six starts and led 110 of his 217 laps while taking the win three times.
In the 10 career runs taken by Garcia in the Lamborghini R-GT, he has led 78 laps in all and taken the win three times.
Heinz Petzold held the lead for two laps in a run to second place.
After starting first, Petzold dropped to ninth midway through. Petzold wrestled the advantage back and forth with Calin Oltean in a long and tense fight for fourth from the early stages, passing each other five times over a span of 11 laps. Driving the Corvette C5-R, Petzold spent the majority pursuing Oltean after catching him on lap 6. Petzold passed Oltean for the third time and into third place when Oltean retired on lap 39, and controlled it the final few laps to the checkered flag.
Petzold remains in third in the standings, cutting the gap to second's Tony Watts to one point. Petzold has six starts and led 13 of his 218 laps while finishing as high as second.
GT Masters series moves on to Round 7 in a week at Long Beach '79. The series has 39 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Pablo Garcia leads the championship in a tight campaign over Tony Watts, separated by just a handful of finishing positions. The title continues to be challenged by Heinz Petzold, Fernando Cardenas, Mario Saban, Felipe Anzolin, Reinhard Berger, Mattias Norling, and Maciej Bekas as well. The Top 5 places are an open battleground for 39 drivers in the running with three races remaining.
Maciej Bekas won third place.
Bekas swapped leads with Heinz Petzold in a lengthy and unrelenting fight for fourth starting midway through, running within a car length of each other over a stretch of 33 laps. Bekas ran the majority pursuing Petzold after initially engaging him on the fifth lap, coming from as many as four positions back. Driving the Corvette C5-R, Bekas launched an extended challenge at Petzold early in the running, staying within a couple turns behind him and keeping pace over an unbroken run of 18 laps. In the end Bekas settled into fourth through attrition the lap running to the conclusion.
Bekas moves up to ninth in the standings, now tied in points with eighth's Mattias Norling following Norling's fifth-place finish. Bekas has two starts and led five of his 86 laps while finishing as high as second.
Tony Watts won fourth place.
Driving the Maserati MC12, Watts traded positions multiple rounds with John Van Der Geest in a persistent fight for eighth late in the action, passing each other three times over a stretch of nine laps. Watts spent all pursuing Van Der Geest after catching him on lap 32, coming from as many as seven positions back. Watts launched an extended challenge at Van Der Geest late in the action, staying within a lap behind him and gaining ground over an unbroken run of five laps. Watts got around Van Der Geest for the second time and into eighth place when Van Der Geest retired on lap 40, and kept it the final couple laps to the finish.
Watts remains in second in the standings, nine points behind Pablo Garcia. Watts has six starts and led 13 of his 217 laps while finishing as high as second.