Italian Dindo Capello took his third successive major endurance event and grabbed an early points advantage in the American Le Mans Series by winning today's Sebring 12-Hour in Florida. After taking victory in Petit Le Mans and Adelaide last...
Italian Dindo Capello took his third successive major endurance event and grabbed an early points advantage in the American Le Mans Series by winning today's Sebring 12-Hour in Florida.
After taking victory in Petit Le Mans and Adelaide last year, Capello was again in the winner's circle - this time joined by Michele Alboreto and Frenchman, Laurent Aiello.
Capello also won the opening round of this year's championship at Texas with Tom Kristensen - but the Dane was the unlucky one at Sebring, spoiling his chance to take a third successive Sebring win by earning a late stop-go penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Kristensen was paired with Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela at Audi this weekend. After the penalty, Capello was able to hold his lead through to the checkered flag.
"Tom was unlucky to get the penalty, but we also had our own share of bad luck as well with a flat tyre and our own stop-go penalty," Capello said.
"I was pushing hard in second place then I saw the other car in the pits on one of the big screens around the track.
"I wasn't sure if it was live or I was seeing a replay, but I soon learned we had regained the lead.
"The car was really good on its tyres towards the end of the race and the car was very strong."
Audi actually earned the top four spots on the podium with the U.S. based Champion Racing team grabbing third with Ralph Kelleners, Dorsey Schroeder and Andy Wallace sharing the driving duties.
Despite the success, there was no spraying of champagne on the podium as a mark of respect for fellow competitor and sportscar great, Bob Wollek, who was killed when knocked from his bicycle outside the circuit on Friday.
For David Brabham and the Panoz team, the day did not bring good results with both cars retired by half race distance.
U.S. manufacturer Saleen earned its first GTS victory with Oliver Gavin, Franz Konrad and Terry Borcheller leading home the dominant Corvette team.
The win came despite a lengthy pitstop to repair loose rear bodywork which had come astray.
Porsche continued its strong run in the GT class with Sascha Maasen, Lucas Luhr and Emanuele Collard taking victory for the Alex Job Racing team.
BMW challenged strongly with its new V8-powered M3 which was driven into third place by JJ Lehto and Jorg Muller.