Audi returned to victory at Sebring International Raceway for the first time since 2009 on Saturday with a convincing victory in the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish completed 301 laps in their Audi R18 to win by four laps in the opening round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Audi finished 1-2 at Sebring for the first time since 2005. Kristensen extended his Sebring record with his sixth overall victory. Capello now has won five times and McNish four. The winning trio gained control in the second half of the race as gearbox problems beset the pole-winning No. 1 Audi and the second-place R18 suffered contact with a slower car in the last hour.
"We had some small things to worry about, but the 3 car never crossed our mind," Kristensen said. "We focused more on the keys like keeping the corners right. You have to keep doing this every lap. Lap after lap, you have to make sure that he knows you're there. The key is to look for the rhythm."
Dyson Racing took advantage of fueling issues for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and won the ALMS' P1 class. The trio of Chris Dyson, Guy Smith and Steven Kane moved into the class lead with about 30 minutes to go. Dyson Racing won last year's P1 team championship, and Dyson and Smith also claimed the driving championship.
Their victory Saturday came within a week of testing the new Lola-Mazda for the first time. On the other end of the spectrum, the Muscle Milk crew was devastated by their final-hour fueling problems. Klaus Graf, Lucas Luhr and Simon Pagenaud were in the running for an overall podium finish for much of the race's second half in their HPD ARX-03a prototype.
"I was really delighted with the performance the team put in the last couple days," Dyson said. "After just getting the car 12 days ago with a lot of hours put in since then, this was a reward for their efforts. I am excited about what the rest of the year holds. I'm really looking forward to defending the championship now."