The 2008 running of the 12 Hours of Sebring took place yesterday, officially kicking off the sports car racing season. In case you recorded the race and haven't gotten around to watching it yet, we've placed the recap after the jump. Suffice to say, it looks like this year's ALMS and Le Mans competition should be both exciting and unpredictable.
Follow the jump for the full Sebring rundown.
Peugeot and Audi may have traded top times throughout the week leading up to the 12 Hours of Sebring, but in the end, reliability and not speed won the race. For the first time since 1988, Porsche grabbed the overall win at Sebring International Raceway. Due to extensive mechanical issues with the P1 frontrunners, the P2 class took over the show, initially sweeping the podium. Penske Racing took first place overall with the #7 Porsche RS Sypder piloted by Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Emmanuel Collard. Lowe's Fernandez Racing, with its Acura ARX-01b driven by Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz, came in less than 13 seconds later. The Dyson Racing Porsche RS Spyder of Butch Leitzinger, Marino Franchitti and Andy Lally took third overall. The fourth place competitor was also the last car on the lead lap and the top P1 finisher. The Audi R10 driven by Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish took that honor. Unfortunately for Fernandez Racing, its second-place finish was thrown out after the car failed a post-race inspection. The official results now put Penske in first overall, with Dyson and Audi elevated to second and third respectively.
Action in the GT classes saw the GT1 title once again going to a Corvette Racing C6R. The win gave Johnny O'Connell his seventh class victory, making him the winningest driver in the event's history. His co-drivers, Jan Magnussen and Ron Fellows, aided him in the conquest. Flying Lizard Motorsports gave Porsche its second win of the day by securing the GT2 victory. Jörg Bergmeister, Wolf Henzler and Marc Lieb were at the helm.
And now we look forward to the regular ALMS schedule and, of course, Le Mans, which will once again pit Audi against Peugeot and reignite the Corvette/Aston Martin rivalry as the yellow Vettes look to take back the Le Mans GT1 title from the Gulf-liveried Astons. It should be fun.