With a gap of only 7.679s, Lucas
di Grassi (BR), Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB)
completed the Audi one-two result. A 60-second time penalty due
to a collision with a slower sports prototype had been imposed
against the 2013-specification Audi R18 e-tron quattro shortly
before the end of the third hour.
In 14 races at Sebring with Le Mans
prototypes, this marked Audi’s eleventh overall victory. Eight times the
brand with the four rings celebrated one-two results. The premium
manufacturer’s tally reflects 24 podium places. Ten times an Audi
started from the pole position – more often than any other manufacturer
in the history of the race that has been held since 1952. The Audi R8,
the R10 TDI and the R15 TDI each celebrated victorious debuts at
Sebring. With the first victory of a diesel sports car in 2006 and now
the first triumph of a hybrid race car Audi achieved two historic
victories. Audi took the first podium and the first win at a sports car
race at Sebring as well. In addition, Audi regularly used the track in
Florida to prepare for the Le Mans 24 Hours.
This time, Audi Sport Team Joest will
again stay at Sebring after the race for tests with the Audi R18 e-tron
quattro that has been subjected to further development. It still remains
to be seen whether or not there will be a future for Audi at the U.S.
endurance classic. After the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and the
GRAND-AM Series merged to form the new “United SportsCar Racing” series
no LMP1 sports cars will be permitted to run anymore as of 2014.