This past weekend marked the first victory of a hybrid racecar at Sebring racetrack in Florida. On its US debut, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro achieved a dominant one-two victory. In fact, the two R18s battled each other for the entire 12-hour race, finally ending when car #1 crossed the line first. A 60sec penalty imposed on Audi #2 for a collision with a slower car made it harder for them to claim the victory.
The two cars were driven by Marcel Fassler, Benoit Treluyer and Oliver Jarvis in #1, while #2 was piloted by Lucas di Grassi, Tom Kristensen, and Allen McNish.
The Sebring 12hr race marks Audi's eleventh overall victory, its eighth one-two finish and tenth pole position, with the R18 e-tron also setting the fastest lap time ever recorded around the Florida circuit.
Following the merger of US race series ALMS and Grand-Am to form the United SportsCar Racing series, LMP1 cars will not be allowed to run in 2014, so this will be the last time we'll see the R18 e-tron at Sebring. However, there is another chance for US fans to catch the hybrid racecar in the FIA WEC (World Endurance Championship) race at the Circuit of The Americas on September 22.