Sebring: Audi wins for third time

SEBRING, Fla. (March 16, 2002) -- Johnny Herbert made the winning move on a restart and helped Audi win its third straight Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Dodge Saturday at Sebring International Raceway. The 50th annual running ...

SEBRING, Fla. (March 16, 2002) -- Johnny Herbert made the winning move on a restart and helped Audi win its third straight Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Dodge Saturday at Sebring International Raceway.

The 50th annual running attracted more than 160,000 fans to the 3.7-mile Florida road course.

Herbert, the former Formula One star from England, passed fellow Audi driver Frank Biela in turn one on a restart five hours into the American Le Mans Series sports car endurance race. The Audi R8 Prototype driven by Herbert, Rinaldo Capello and Christian Pescatori then led the final seven hours for the victory, holding off a late charge by the runner-up Audi driven by Jan Lammers, Andy Wallace and Stefan Johansson.

Herbert and Pescatori were winners at Sebring for the first time, while Capello was part of the winning team last year. Jim Matthews, Guy Smith and Marc Goossens finished third in a Riley & Scott/Elan Prototype.

Jon Field, Duncan Dayton and Michael Durand took class honors in the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes, finishing seventh overall. Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell and Oliver Gavin drove a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R to victory in the GTS class.

Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr led all the way to take the GT class in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Luhr won for the third straight year and Maassen the second.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Andy Wallace , Jan Lammers , Johnny Herbert , Duncan Dayton , Stefan Johansson , Rinaldo Capello , Guy Smith , Frank Biela , Christian Pescatori , Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Marc Goossens , Jon Field , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Oliver Gavin , Jim Matthews , Michael Durand