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Sebring 2003
By Steve Litscher

(Friday, March 21, 2003 11:15 PM EST)

VIENNA, VA - Audi can add another notch to its race victory belt, thanks to an impressive, "final hour" performance by Infineon Team Joest at this year's American LeMans Series Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring race.

The pole-sitting Infineon Team Joest's Audi R8, piloted by Frank Biela, Marco Werner and Phillipp Peter crossed the finish line with a 13.493-second lead over the second-place ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 Team. The ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 led most of the race, but saw its lead disappear in the final two hours when Werner passed the ADT Audi R8.

Attrition played a key roll in the LMP 675 class, with the Dyson Racing Lola EX257-MG driven by Didier de Radigues, Chris Dyson and Chad Block claiming top honors.

In the GTS class, the factory Corvette team of Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell and Frank Freon drove their C5-R Chevrolet Corvette to a dominating 16-lap win over the second place Veloqx Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello team entry.

Porsche earned another set of first and second-place trophies as the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS (say that 10 times, fast) driven by Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen finished one lap ahead of its fellow Porsche-powered Petersen Motorsports team.

The race was relatively drama free, despite the fact that Sebring is notoriously unmerciful on both driver and vehicle; the Audi R8 of Infineon Team Joest completed 366 laps of the 3.7 mile circuit over the 12-hour period. 55 teams from around the world competed in the 51st annual Twelve Hours of Sebring to the delight of 100,000+ racing fans. The event was televised live by the Speed Channel on March 15, 2003.

Photos by Rick Dole of Dole Photography.
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