Audi score Sebring success

March 18, 2012

Audi score Sebring success

March 18, 2012


Veteran Audi trio Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Dindo Capello combined to score their third victory as a combination in today’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

The win pushed the Danish/English/Italian trio back to victory after previously combining to win in 2009 and 2006.

In total, today’s win brings the win tally for each driver to six for Kristensen, five for Capello and four for McNish.

Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Loic Duval took second for Audi while the Florida-based Starworks Motorsport team took the P2 victory and scored third overall on debut for Ryan Dalziel, Stephane Sarrzin and Enzo Potolicchio.

ALMS regulars Muscle Milk Racing looked set to score third before being delayed with a refueling problem which sent them back to the paddock and pushed them to 28th overall.

In the GT ranks it came down to a last lap shootout after 307 laps and 1148.18 miles. It went down like this – we think:
– Joey Hand leads for BMW going into turn one on the final lap.
– Olivier Beretta’s AF Corse Ferrari is hot on his tail.
– Hand has contact with Beretta’s teammate Gimmi Bruni and runs off the circuit.
– Beretta (unseen on the TV cameras) spins off in avoidance.
– Fans and viewers think the Ferrari is headed for victory until Hand makes a move at the final turn and passes for the win.
– Everyone looks at the timing screen and sees Jan Magnussen’s Ferrari in second.

Confused – yes – we all were. Hand’s BMW won, the car we thought was Beretta’s suffered a puncture in the run to the line, but actually, it was his teammate Bruni.

The end result amongst the banging, dicing crashing, punctures and confusion in the dark was a win for Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and rookie Jonathan Summerton.

Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and rookie Jordan Taylor took second for Corvette Racing.

In the LMPC ranks – if you thought CORE autosport had a good debut last year with second and third – this year was even better.

CORE’s Alex Popow, EJ Viso and Burt Frisselle took the victory on debut in the LMPC class. Their teammates Jon Bennett, Colin Braun and Eric Lux joined them on the podium in third.

Butch Leitzinger, Rudy Juno and Ken Dobson took the runner up spot.

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