Allan McNish led an Audi one-two-three by just over 38 seconds on the one-hour mark of the Sebring 12 Hours, the opening round of the new FIA World Endurance Championship.
McNish, who is sharing the #2 Audi R18 TDI with Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello, led the early going before pitting during the first safety-car period. The other two Audis waited and pitted on schedule under green-flag conditions late during the first hour, which explained McNish's clear advantage at the top of the leaderboard.
Marcel Fassler filled second position in the pole-winning R18 with Timo Bernhard just under a second behind in third.
Top petrol-powered LMP1 was the Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota coupe in the hands of Neel Jani. Like McNish, he pitted during the yellow flag, which leapfrogged him ahead of the two Honda Performance Development ARX-03as run by the Muscle Milk and Strakka teams.
The Starworks Motorsports ARX-03b, another early stopper, led the LMP2 class in the hands of Enzo Potolicchio from the Conquest Morgan-Judd driven by Martin Plowman.
Ferrari blocked out the top two positions in the GTE class. Luxury Racing driver Jaime Melo led Olivier Beretta, with the two Chevrolet Corvettes in third and fourth positions.