The Total Peugeot racing team has emerged victorious from the 58th-annual 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida Orange Juice at Sebring Raceway, FL.
The very same car that set the pole in yesterday’s qualifying with Marc Gené at the wheel, the No. 07 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP P1 prototype proved itself worth of overall victory in the hands of Alexander Wurz.
The other Total Peugeot entry came in second overall, the No. 08 car that also qualified second yesterday with Nic Minassian, and put Sebastien Bourdais on the podium at the end of the race, less than 14 seconds behind their winning teammate.
The 1-2 finish is a memorable one for Peugeot; it’s their first win at Sebring.
The Aston Martin team drove with an uncanny consistency: a 3-lap gap between them and the second-place Peugeot developed early on in the race and hardly changed at all. The gap remains for the finish, putting the No. 007 Lola-chassis prototype in 3rd place (the exact spot they qualified in yesterday), and its driver Stefan Mücke on the podium.
A more fierce battle was fought for the GT2 class win though. The Risi Competizione team running Ferrari F430s, the Flying Lizard team driving Porsche 911 GT3s, and the BMW Rahal Letterman team driving BMW E92 M3s, were all very close to taking the class victory. Ultimately, Jaime Melo took home the trophy for the Risi Competizione team in the No. 62 Ferrari F430.
There were some disappointments in today’s race. The Corvette Racing/Compuware team showed promise in qualifying, but lost ground as the day wore on, finishing toward the back of the GT2 class. Also, the No. 75 Jaguar XKR-S entered by the Jaguar RSR team retired very early in the race due to mechanical problems. That came as bad news to Jaguar, which was recently named the official car of Sebring.
But endurance racing shows no favoritism. It’s tough, it’s rigorous, it’s demanding… it’s awesome.
The 12 Hours of Sebring marks the beginning of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, which brings Le-Mans-style sports and exotic car racing to America.
And what a great beginning it was!
Be sure to check out the American Le Mans Series website and the Sebring Raceway website for more info.
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