Big day for Action Express, Corvette en route to Sebring wins

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Action Express Racing has captured the win in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, courtesy of a dominant drive from the trio of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 5 Corvette DP.

The trio led almost all the race and built a lead of more than a lap, which they maintained for the duration. Bourdais’ stints were stout and Barbosa made a great pass for the lead on Scott Dixon on Lap 191.

Two other Corvette DPs completed the overall podium.

Other class winners were PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports (PC), Corvette Racing (GTLM) and Team Seattle-AJR (GTD).

While PR1/Mathiasen and Corvette dominated their respective classes, Team Seattle-AJR emerged victorious at the end of the race following an incredible sequence of events.

Driver Mario Farnbacher led in the final hour but ran wide at Turn 10. That gave the lead to Jeroen Bleekemolen in a Viper, but the Dutchman endured heartbreak in the closing five minutes of the race when his engine died out.

The Team Seattle-AJR Porsche inherited the win, the first for the trio of Farnbacher, Ian James and Alex Riberas in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Prototype and GTLM race next at Long Beach in April with PC and GTD next up alongside at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May.