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ALMS: Audi starts season with Sebring win!

Wow. What a start to the season! Lots of hectic moments for all. Even one Audi being completely rebuilt after a crash during night practice. I mean this thing lost 2 wheels etc! If it wasn’t a puncture, electrical or fender bender it was some gremlin showing up! Flying Lizard came within .20-second of a GT2 class win. I love the Lizard crew, so congrats o them. A win would be great but 2nd is awesome, especially at Sebring. Unfortunately, Porsche was taken to the line by Acura. There were a ton of problems from both RS Spyders.

Audi won for the eighth straight year, Acura posted a first- and second-place class finish in its American Le Mans Series debut and Ferrari won in GT2 in the closest finish in race history on Saturday at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Marco Werner crossed the finish line after 363 laps as he, Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro kept the diesel-powered Audi R10 TDI undefeated with nine race wins in as many starts.

The win was Biela’s fourth at Sebring and ties him with teammate Tom Kristensen for most in race history. Werner won for the third time in five years and Pirro took victory for the first time since 2000, the first race for the Audi R8.

For the second year in a row, the GT2 class finish set a record for the closest margin of victory. Risi Competizione and its stable of drivers gave Ferrari its first class win at Sebring since 1998 as the trio of Jaime Melo, Mika Salo and Johnny Mowlem posted a 0.20-second victory over Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Porsche of Jörg Bergmeister, Johannes van Overbeek and Marc Lieb.

The battle between the Ferrari and Porsche lasted throughout the entire day. The Ferrari survived start from the rear of the grid, a late drama in pit lane with a 20-second penalty and a Turn 17 spin at sunset for the team’s fifth win in the last seven events dating back to July of 2006 at Salt Lake City. Tafel Racing’s Porsche of Wolf Henzler, Robin Liddell and Patrick Long.

- ALMS

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Comments

  1. PoshRacer says:

    I’m impressed but not surprised with audi’s victory at Sebring, and I can’t wait for that R8 to hit the streets.


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