• Mar 22, 2009
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The R8, the R10 and now the R15. Each of Audi's last three prototype Le Mans race cars have won their race debut, with the latest R15 recording its first victory yesterday at the 57th 12 Hours of Sebring. The winning #2 R15 was driving by Audi's dream team of Allan McNish, Dindo Capello and Tom Kristensen. Of course, Audi's win did not come easy in the top tier Le Mans P1 class. Peugeot was right there the whole time with its pair of diesel-powered 908 HDi cars, swapping the lead with Audi a total of 23 times. In fact, both teams remained on the same lap with each other throughout the entire 12-hour race.

Follow the jump to continue reading Autoblog's run down of the 57th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring.


[Source: AmericanLeMans.com]

It was the last hour, however, that cemented Audi's victory. With 42 minutes remaining, the leading Peugeot driven by Franck Montagny pitted for fuel and gave up the lead to Alan McNish. The flying Scot then proceeded to click off exceedingly faster laps, building up enough of a lead over Montagny and the Peugeot to pit for fuel with 14 minutes remaining. Luck was on Audi's side, however, as a yellow flag would've given Montagny the lead for good after McNish's final pit. When McNish did emerge from pit row for the last time, Montagny was just emerging on the backstretch. The Audi ended up crossing the finish line 22.279 seconds ahead of the Peugeot. Third place in LMP1 went to the #1 Audi R15, while both of the Acura ARX-02b cars failed to make the podium despite one starting the race in pole position.

The next fastest LMP2 class was won by the Acura ARX-01b car of Lowe's Fernandez Racing driven by Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz. The GT1 class was not surprisingly won by Jan Magnussen and Johnny O'Connel in the Corvette Racing C6.R. This is the last Sebring for the C6.R before the Corvette switches to the GT2 class later this year. The GT2 class at this year's Sebring was won by the Risi Competizione Ferrar F430 GT driven by Pierre Kaffer and Jaime Melo in a decidedly less exciting fashion than two years ago.



57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida
Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla.

Saturday's results
1. (2) Allan McNish, Scotland; Rinaldo Capello, Italy; Tom Kristensen, Denmark; Audi R15 TDI (1, P1), 383.
2. (5) Franck Montagny, Brignoles France; Sebastien Bourdais, France; Stephane Sarrazin, France; Peugeot 908 HDI FAP (2, P1), 383.
3. (4) Mike Rockenfeller, Germany; Marco Werner, Germany; Lucas Luhr, Germany; Audi R15 TDI (3, P1), 381.
4. (7) Luis Diaz, Mexico; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Acura ARX-01B (1, P2), 360.
5. (3) Pedro Lamy, Lisbon Portugal; Christian Klien, Austria; Nicolas Minassian, England; Peugeot 908 HDI FAP (4, P1), 356.
6. (12) Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Antonio Garcia, Spain; Johnny O'Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Corvette C6.R (1, GT1), 349.
7. (11) Oliver Gavin, England; Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Marcel Fässler, Switzerland; Corvette C6.R (2, GT1), 348.
8. (27) Mika Salo, Finland; Jaime Melo, Brazil; Pierre Kaffer, Germany; Ferrari F430 GT (1, GT2), 332.
9. (15) Gianmaria Bruni, Italy; Mathias Russo, Argentina; Luis Companc, Argentina; Ferrari 430 GT (2, GT2), 330.
10. (17) Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Ian James, England; Panoz Esperante GTLM Ford (3, GT2), 329.
11. (14) Jörg Bergmeister, Germany; Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Marc Lieb, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (4, GT2), 326.
12. (24) Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (5, GT2), 326.
13. (23) Nic Jonsson, Sweden; Eric van de Poele, Belgium; Tracy Krohn, Houston, TX; Ferrari F430 GT (6, GT2), 325.
14. (16) David Murry, Cumming, GA; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Ford GT MK 7 (7, GT2), 303.
15. (6) David Brabham, Australia; Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; Dario Franchitti, Scotland; Acura ARX-02a (5, P1), 302, Drive line.
16. (13) Dirk Werner, Germany; Richard Lietz, Austria; Wolf Henzler, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (8, GT2), 274.
17. (19) Joel Feinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Chris Hall, Daytona, FL; Ritchie Holt, Davie, FL; Dodge Viper Comp Coupe (9, GT2), 251, Clutch.
18. (1) Gil de Ferran, Brazil; Simon Pagenaud, France; Scott Dixon, New Zealand; Acura ARX-02a (6, P1), 246, Mechanical.
19. (20) Robert Bell, UK; Paul Drayson, London, UK; Jonny Cocker, UK; Aston Martin Vantage GT2 (10, GT2), 204, Engine.
20. (9) Chris McMurry, Phoenix, AZ; Tony Burgess, Canada; Bryan Willman, Kirkland, WA; Lola B06/10 AER (7, P1), 151, Electrical.
21. (10) Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Marino Franchitti, Scotland; Ben Devlin, England; Lola B09 86 Mazda (2, P2), 149, Mechanical.
22. (26) Dirk Müller, Germany; Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; BMW E92 M3 (11, GT2), 140.
23. (8) Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Andy Lally, New York, NY; Lola B09 86 Mazda (3, P2), 127, Mechanical.
24. (22) Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, TX; Eric Curran, Easthampton, MA; Lucas Molo, Brazil; Chevrolet Riley Corvette C6 (12, GT2), 89, Mechanical.
25. (25) Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Chapman Ducote, Miami, FL; Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B06/10 AER (8, P1), 77.
26. (18) Bill Auberlen, Hermosa Beach, CA; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; BMW E92 M3 (13, GT2), 27, Mechanical.
27. (21) Nicky Pastorelli, Netherlands; Hans Stuck, Germany; Johannes Stuck, Austria; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (14, GT2), 0, Withdrawn.
28. (28) Richard Westbrook, England; Marc Basseng, Germany; Lance David, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (15, GT2), 0, Withdrawn.


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  • 37 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where are all the fanboys that were proclaiming Acura were going to kick Audi and Peugeot in the balls because "wooo!! Acura got pole position!! They are going to teach Audi and Peugeot" blah blah blah.

      Whatever. Those people obviously know and knew nothing about endurance races.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a shame about the big crash in GT2 entering the front straight. That was some seriously poor-quality driving, but it's sad because now in this time of financial difficulty, both teams now have to spend even more just to recover from some lunkhead driving.
        • 5 Years Ago
        if you're talking about the Porsche RSR and the Panoz Esperante,
        I think that SPEED channel did a good job of showing that the track narrows at that section and the Panoz was forced to the left a bit..... the contact
        was unfortunate but they made the case that it was legit racing.

        ....don't feel bad for race teams and their budgets,
        they can afford to race, believe me.

        I love the Flying Lizard Team, and was hoping to see
        them get on Risi Ferrari, but the contact with the Panoz
        and the Ford GT..... it's racing. It was great to see them come back
        from their set backs and fight for a podium spot in the night.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am referring to the incident you are talking about. And it was only legit racing if you think the Porsche running the Panoz into a wall is legit.

        The driver of the Flying Lizard Porsche was a knucklehead and should have moved over to make room for the Panoz.

        I don't know what you mean that the Panoz was forced left, the track was narrowing, the cars were forced right. The Panoz moved over because he had to, the Porsche should have already moved over before the track narrowed.

        I do feel bad for the teams. Expenses like this do no one any good. You will note the low car count this year. This is an indication of the financial distress in racing right now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great job by Audi. The unscheduled pit for the deflating tire along with not having Bourdais in for the final stint really hurt Peugeot. I absolutely can't wait for LeMans, it should be an all out fight.

      McNish is just unbelievable. The pass using the Porsche was just incredible. I'm glad I can say that I have seen him drive at last year's Petite LeMans.

      I was disappointed that the BMW's couldn't make it in GT2.

      With Audi not running the ALMS schedule this year, who else is left in P1 for Acura to compete against?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I watched the race on SPEED it was pretty sick.

      Audi... stand UP!!!! McNish owned the night.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just watched "Truth in 24" last night. Audi Pwn's all!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats to Audi and their awesome R15!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just thought I'd mention that I found it funny when Dorsey Schrader referred to Sebastien Loeb as "Sea Bass".
        • 5 Years Ago
        On that topic ( Sebastien Bourdais ), I hope Peugeot figure out a way to get him in the car at crunch time. He was the quickest driver out there. Audi seem to never lose a race due to strategic errors excepting the year the Penske Porsche P2 cars cleaned their clock.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn diesel abominations.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What the hell guys jeez why would you post the results of a race after it is over what is wrong with you gosh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The race was the best 12 hour i have ever watched. The final six hours had me jumping of the couch. I remember when Dindo went by rightr before he pitted, wow.

      Anyways, to you guys mad about the spoiler, first off, everyone i knew scheduled their week around the race and 2, i download races myself but....12 hours worth of downloading? Comon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then you probably didn't watch '07.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the 07 race by far was one of the most exciting races ever!

        go youtube 2007 sebring ferrari porsche!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have watched every Sebring 12 live since 2000
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please tell me that the gallery of pictures from a 12 hour race isn't 13 pictures...
        • 5 Years Ago
        the photographers were given the day off
      • 5 Years Ago
      I turned my TV on (after I got home from my own 7 hour drive) just in time to see Audi cross over the finish line! I wish I would have been able to see more of the race, though!

      Congrats to McNish, Capello, Kristensen, and the rest of the Audi crew.
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