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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Joao Barbosa 31
1 Christian Fittipaldi 31
2 Brian Frisselle 26
2 Burt Frisselle 26
3 Sage Karam 26
4 Max Angelelli 25
4 Jordan Taylor 25
4 Ricky Taylor 25
5 Scott Pruett 24
5 Memo Rojas 24
6 Sebastien Bourdais 23
7 Michael Valiante 22
7 Richard Westbrook 22
8 Scott Dixon 22
8 Tony Kanaan 22
9 Ryan Dalziel 21
9 Scott Sharp 21
10 Johannes van Overbeek 21
10 Ed Brown 21
11 Marino Franchitti 20
12 Alex Brundle 20
12 Gustavo Yacaman 20
13 Eric Curran 18
13 Boris Said 18
14 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 18
14 John Pew 18
15 Joel Miller 18
15 Tristan Vautier 18
16 Gabby Chaves 18
16 Katherine Legge 18
17 David Brabham 17
18 Simon Pagenaud 17
19 Wayne Taylor 15
20 Fabien Giroix 14
20 John Martin 14

Manufacturers
1 Chevrolet 38
2 Ford 34
3 Nissan 28
4 Honda 26
5 Mazda 18
12 Hours of Sebring Postscript

FIA WEC opener showed close competition in all classes
Monday, March 19, 2012

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Sebring at night - the final corner entering the pit straight
The 60th anniversary of the 12 Hours of Sebring, the opening round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, was an event full of tension all the way to the finish. After covering 325 laps at Sebring International Raceway, it was the Audi team of Tom Kristensen (DEN), Allan McNish (GBR) and Rinaldo Capello (ITA) that repeated their 2006 and 2009 victories.

The FIA WEC LMP2 class proved surprisingly strong with three entries finishing in the overall top-five. In the GT class, the win was not decided until the last one hundred meters, after Joey Hand (USA) barely steered his BMW past the Ferrari of Olivier Beretta (MCO).

Perfect Florida weather allowed a sell-out crowd here in Sebring to enjoy fierce competition in all FIA WEC classes. Combined with sports car racing in the American Le Mans Series, a total of 62 cars took the green flag at 10:30 this morning- fine proof of the popularity of endurance racing. Starting the race as favorites, the Kristensen/McNish/Capello Audi team was in charge for the complete duration of the race.

Despite a few minor issues, two of the three German cars finished first and second overall: their first double in Sebring since 2005. For Tom Kristensen it was his sixth win at the Florida raceway; the Rolex Testimonee is now by far the most successful driver in the event’s sixty-year history.

“Sebring over the years has become a tradition and I am humble and honored to win the anniversary edition of this great American sports car race. After celebrating sixty years of Sebring, we now look forward to new technology with the introduction of hybrid,” said the Danish driver after his win.

“This year marked 50 years of Daytona, 60 years here and 80 years for the big one, Le Mans, in June: 2012 is an important year for sports car racing and it feels fantastic to start it on top.”

Chasing the Audi team all day, the Pescarolo–Judd team (Bouillon/Collard/Jousse) finished third in the LMP1 class and sixth overall. Third overall, as well as fourth and fifth, were the strong LMP2 entries of Honda. Part of the winning LMP2 team was Scottish driver Ryan Dalziel, who also set pole at the 50th edition of the Rolex 24 At Daytona earlier this year.

While Audi’s win was never challenged, the traffic on the track made it far from easy and the GT competitors also had an incredibly exciting race. At the finish, the BMW of Hand had an advantage of just a few meters over the Ferrari of Beretta. For the last three hours of the race these two, and the Corvettes, had a memorable battle. Going into the last lap, Hand was just ahead of Beretta, however the Ferrari driver passed the BMW and stayed ahead until the last corner. Hand overtook the Ferrari at the line after the red car had encountered a puncture a few hundred yards earlier.

“Not only was the last lap exciting, the last three hours were!” said a happy Hand after the finish. The top four teams in the GT class finished on the same lap.

In its 60 years of history, the 12 Hours of Sebring saw several close finishes; in 1955, Mike Hawthorn (GBR) was just 25 seconds ahead of the Ferrari of Phil Hill (USA). The Brit later won Les 24 Heures du Mans as well, being the first driver to win both races in the same year. Fifteen years later, Mario Andretti (USA) finished a mere 23 seconds ahead of the Porsche shared by Peter Revson (USA) and American movie star Steve McQueen. And last year in Sebring, the winning Peugeot had a narrow win of just 31 seconds over the second-place HPD-Honda.

The importance of the new FIA World Endurance Championship was acknowledged by the attendance of Jean Todt. As the President of the FIA, Todt has always been a strong force behind this new championship. The results of today’s race were clear proof of the popularity and the competitiveness of international sports car racing. The next round of the FIA WEC is in seven weeks time in Belgium, when the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will be run.

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