Audi wins the Sebring 12h 2013

Treyuler/Fässler/Jarvis won the 61st Sebring 12 hour. It was the first win of an Hybrid car in ALMS history.

The 2nd car McNish/Di Grassi/Kristensen were only 7.679 seconds behind the winners of the race.

The Audi drivers had a real lead battle through the 12 hours. Jarvis made contact with McNish in hour 5 for the lead.

Also Di Grassi and Treyuler were battling for the lead later. McNish/Di Grassi/Kristensen had a real chance for the win.

But McNish made contact with a LMPC car and got a Stop&Go Penalty for avoidable contact, so they lost time there.

Rebillion Lola winning they first ALMS race in 2013

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Jani/Heidfeld/Prost were driving on the podium and won in the ALMS classification ahead of  HPD-Pikket with Graf/Luhr/Dumas.

The Pikket trio had two Stop&Go Penalties.

One of the penalties happend were Klaus Graf was trying to close the gap between him and the Rebellion Trio, than he made contact with the leading LMPC car and damaged his HPD.

5th was the 2nd Rebellion with Beche/C.Cheng/Belecchi.

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The Dyson-Mazda retired after an electrionic failure  and the revolutionary Delta Wing retired after some few laps due a burning engine failure what was very disappointing.

Level 5 with dominant LMP2 win

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Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe made a double win with Hunter-Reay/Pagenaud/Tucker ahead of the Zytek-Nissan from Greaves with Kimber-Smith/Lux/Zugel.

The two ESM Racing HPD cars  had some mechanical issues so both of the cars rerired. But considering the small field in LMP2, there was some action going on there.

Scott Sharp from ESM and Pagenaud from Level 5 made contact into Turn 1 after the first restart

Ed Brown in the 2nd ESM HPD spun his car three times overall because of the lack of grip.

I think the ESM guys aren’t used to this car, because they actually drive the Ferrari 458 Italia in GT and this is a completley different car to drive.

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PR1 Motorsports won in the LMPC class.

 

Again dramatic battle in GT

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After a three way lead battle between Ferrari, BMW and SRT, Corvette won the Sebring 12h with Gavin/Milner/Westbrook.

In the last 13 minutes the Risi Competizone Ferrari 458 Italia was leading the race, but a mistake from Malucelli dropped them back to 2nd position ahead of the Falken-Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

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The brand new BMW Z4 GTE made a solid debut with 4th position in class, but the car is lacking topspeed.

 

The revised SRT-Viper GTS-R was with german driver Dominik Farnbacher in the lead for a short while, but their teammates were ending the race in 5th positon.

Aston Martin couldn’t challenge for the win and were very slow, they have to work on their V12 Vantage if they want to be competitive in the WEC, ALMS and Le Mans.

Alex Job Racing, switching from Lotus to Ferrari had an huge crash in hour 8 in the fast right hander Turn 13.

But driver Kendall was ok.

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In GTC Bleekemolen/MacNeil/von Moltke (AJR) won in their class.

The next round of the American Le Mans Series is on the 19th-20th April at the Long Beach GP.

Result of the 61st Sebring 12 hour fueled by Fresh from Florida:

LMP1:

 

Fassler/Treluyer/Jarvis
di Grassi/Kristensen/McNish
Prost/Heidfeld/Jani
Graf/Luhr/Dumas
Beche/C. Cheng/Belicchi

LMP2:

Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe
Tucker/Hunter-Reay/Pagenaud
Kimber-Smith/Zugel/Lux

Brown/van Overbook/Lazzaro

 

LMPC:

Marcelli/Cumming/Johansson
D. Cheng/Guasch/Ostella
Nunez/Shears/HeinemeierHansson
Junqueira/Popow/Ende
Bennett/Braun/Wilkins

 

GT:

Gavin/Milner/Westbrook
Bruni/Beretta/Malucelli
Henzler/Sellers/Tandy
Auberlen/Martin/J. Muller
Miller/Holzer/Lietz
Dalziel/Farnbacher/Goossens
Drissi/Mitchell/Ducote
D. Muller/Hand/Edwards
Turner/Mucke/Senna

 

GTC:
MacNeil/Bleekemolen/von Moltke
Canache Jr./Pumpelly/Wong
Keating/Faulkner/Stanton
Cisneros/Seefried/Edwards
Hedlund/Heylen/Fogarty
Ehret/Imperatori/Sandberg
Dempsey/Lally/Foster
Avenatti/Davis/Faieta
Calvert-Jones/Curran/ Aschenbach

Retirements:
Dalla Lana/Johnson/Lamy
Bomarito/Kendall/Wittmer
Gomez/Farnbacher/Giermaziak
Schultis/Simon/Kaffer
Sharp/Cosmo/Brabham
Carter/Estre/de Quesada
Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor
Sweedler/Bell/Keen
Dyson/Smith/Leitzinger
Meyrick/Pla

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