Australians stand out
The Sebring marathon delivers glory, writes STEPHEN OTTLEY
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.