Aus­tralians stand out

The Se­bring marathon de­liv­ers glory, writes STEPHEN OT­T­LEY

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

AUS­TRALIANS starred in the fa­mous Se­bring 12-Hour sportscar race held last week­end at the Florida track.

Porsche’s light­weight LMP2 RS Spy­der up­staged the bat­tle be­tween the LMP1 diesels of Audi and Peu­geot.

The open­ing round of the US Le Mans Se­ries was won by the Penske Porsche of Tim Bern­hard, Ro­mian Du­mas and Emmanuel Col­lard. Butch Leitzinger, Mario Fran­chitti and Andy Lally came sec­ond in the Dyson Porsche.

Audi sal­vaged third place with Ri­naldo Capello, Tom Kris­tensen and Al­lan McNish mak­ing the end in the trou­ble-plagued R10.

David Brab­ham was the first Aussie across the line, fin­ish­ing fifth out­right in the Highcroft Rac­ing Acura.

He was part­nered by new team­mate Scott Sharp, who has de­fected from the IRL Indycar Se­ries, and ex-For­mula One racer Ste­fan Jo­hans­son.

Alex Dav­i­son made a great re­turn to in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. The fac­tory-sup­ported Porsche driver fin­ished sec­ond in the GT2 class be­hind the sis­ter Fly­ing Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

He shared the car with Dar­ren Law and Seth Neiman and, de­spite lim­ited laps, the for­mer Car­rera Cup cham­pion got up to speed quickly. He will spend the rest of the sea­son rac­ing in the Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries.

Aus­tralian-based Dane Alan Si­mon­sen was fourth in the GT2 class, six laps be­hind Dav­i­son’s Porsche. The reign­ing Aussie GT champ was in a Fer­rari 430GT.

Ryan Briscoe was the un­lucky Aussie. De­spite driv­ing the sis­ter Penkse Porsche RS Spy­der, he didn’t last long. He re­tired the car he was shar­ing with Sascha Maassen and Pa­trick Long af­ter it de­vel­oped a wa­ter leak.

Class win­ner: Alex Dav­i­son whips the Fly­ing Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR around the Se­bring track.

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