Porter takes emphatic race 1 win in Masters Endurance Legends USA double-header at Sebring
David Porter took no prisoners as the American stormed to an emphatic win in the first of two Masters Endurance Legends USA races at the Sebring SportsCar Week.
Having started from pole in his Peugeot 908, Porter quickly opened up a gap to early rival Roberto Moreno in the HPD-Honda ARX-03b, but when the Brazilian star’s car faltered Porter eventually edged out a full lap’s lead over the entire field.
Taking over Moreno’s mantle after six laps, Travis Engen’s Audi R8 was unable to keep pace with the Peugeot but kept comfortably ahead of Joe Robillard’s Norma-Nissan M30 LMP3 car to take second at the finish. Robillard had battled with Robert Tornello to pass the latter’s Coyote Corvette DP on lap 4, but soon after the pitstops the Coyote’s fuel pump gave up, forcing Dante Tornello to retire the car shared by the father-and-son duo.
Early on, Ari Balogh’s Ligier-Nissan JSP3-15 and Greg Thornton’s Elan DP02 led the similar Ligier shared by Francesco Melandri and Nigel Greensall, but with Greensall at the wheel after the pitstops, the quick Briton moved up past both Thornton and Balogh to claim fourth.
Among the GT cars, Scooter Gabel in his BMW E46 M3 GTR took a similarly dominant lights-to-flag victory, carving out a 55-second lead at the finish over Carlos De Quesada’s Porsche 911 GT2 Evo. One lap down, Dutchman Theo Ruijgh claimed third in class in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
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