After pasting up a new track record during qualifying, Audi's diesel-powered Audi R10 TDi racers went on to torque their way to first place in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday.

The No. 2 Audi of Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello won the first race in on the 2006 American Le Mans Series schedule by three laps, besting the No. 37 Lola of Intersport Racing. This, despite starting the race from pit lane in 34th position after a heat exchanger failed.

The No. 2 car took the lead over their Audi teammates in the No. 1 machine around a third of the way through the race, after the latter was forced to retire with overheating issues.

This is reportedly the first time an oil-burner has claimed victory in a major American auto race.

[Sources: Backstretch Motorsports, RaceExpress]

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