Whew.. That Was One Hell of a Drought

RS Spyders at Sebring. Photo ©American Le Mans SeriesWell the boys from Stuttgart are finally drinking from the Sebring victory cup once again. Porsche can add another notch to their “Winningest Team at Sebring” belt, after 18 years since their last overall win in Florida.

Penske drivers Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Emmanuel Collard piloted their RS Spyder to the overall win in a monstrous race that saw 27 lead changes, and featured 3 cars finishing on the lead lap — a close race indeed after 12 hours. The win also makes Penske the only race team in history to win both the Sebring 12 Hours and the Daytona 500. Team Dyson’s RS Spyders finished 2nd and 3rd for a 1,2,3 Porsche finish in LMP2. Lovely.

Prior to this win, Porsche hadn’t finished on the top of the podium since 1988, when Klaus Ludwig and Hans-Joachim Stuck took their 962 to victory. The 1988 win was the final race in a 13 year winning streak for Porsche. 13 years!

Porsche also won the GT2 class with victory from the Flying Lizard Motorsports team in a GT3 RSR piloted by Joerg Bergmeister, Marc Lieb and Wolf Henzler. The Flying Lizards also finished 2nd. Not a bad weekend for Porsche, 1,2,3 in LMP2 and 1,2 in GT2. Congratulations to Porsche!

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