Monday, March 20, 2006

ALMS has historical event at 12 Hours of Sebring


(Quote and photo from ALMS website) "The new prototype is the first diesel car in the world to win a major sports car race."

The broadcast crew and the American LeMans Series calls yesterdays 12 hours of Sebring a historical event with the headline reading "Audi diesel-powered R10 TDI of Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello power there way to victory in the 12 hours of Sebring."

What really happened: There were two things going on at the 12 hours of Sebring with one being the historical aspect going on in the P1 class with the two Audi TDI's (diesel-powered) prototypes that showed the entire motorsports world that diesel-powered vehicles can win and win they did, the #2 Audi TDI won overall, they had to start from pitroad after a problem race morning and could not start on the pole along side there team Audi.

The other, the 12 hour endorse race that came out with flying colors with lots of passing and interesting driving on this non-smooth surface, for any team to finish, let along finish upfront is a goal in itself, the surface is very bumpy to say the least, I guess it was an old airbase or something, but it makes for good racing. Having a car that not only handles, but sets fast laps is necessary. Every team had there problems though this 12 hour event, whether it was mechanicals with a gearbox or fuel pump to a simply, overheating problems. The trend thoughout this event was if you had a team car, you or your team car had big problems and were either out of the race or many laps down.

The race also had the #4 Chevy Corvette of Olivier Beretta, Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen winning.

Overall, I love 12 hour and 24 hour endorse races, including those that start in the day and go into the night and for the 12 hours of sebring, I watch the entire speed coverage and enjoyed it, simply a great for an endorse race.

See Yeah!

Brian from Racedriven.com
(Back at http://racedriven.blogspot.com)

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