Audi will have an emotional race weekend at the 12 Hours of Sebring, scheduled on March 16, 2013. According to Audi Head of Motorsports Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, the Audi team will debut the R18 e-tron Quattro at the same time bid farewell to the particular class it races in. The LMP1 class will fall to new regulations coming into force from 2014 that ensure no Le Mans Prototypes (LMP) category racers can compete in this race.
Audi has been very successful at Sebring where in the 13 outings to date they have claimed 22 podium finishes, including ten overall victories. Porsche leads with 17 wins. What is even more special for Audi at Sebring is that these Le Mans prototypes are always used in technological research which is eventually used in road cars, the Audi R8 was inspired by the R8 race car.
The fans who are allowed to camp at the raceway days prior to the race day will get a chance to learn more about Audi cars on exhibition and they include the Audi R8 (ALMS winner 2002), an Audi R10 TDI (Sebring winner 2007), an Audi R15 TDI (Sebring winner 2009) and an Audi R18 TDI (Sebring winner 2012).
The endurance race, 12 Hours of Sebring is held annually at Sebring International Raceway where the former Hendricks Army Airfield World War II air base was situated, all in Sebring, Florida. The first race took place in 1950 while the first ALMS race took place in 1999.