>Masters Endurance Legends USA commenced the 2021 season during the Sebring SportsCar Week on March 12 -13.

David Porter outperformed the field on the weekend in his diesel-powered Peugeot 908 as he took victory in both races, with Travis Engen’s Audi R8 and Joe Robillard’s Norma-Nissan M30 trailing behind. It was nearly 10 years of his car’s biggest race win at the 2011 Sebring 12 Hours.

Race 1

Race 1 saw David Porter take command of the race and finish in a decisive win. Driving his Peugeot 908, Porter started from pole and immediately created a gap against his early rival Roberto Moreno who was driving the HPD-Honda ARX-03b. Unfortunately, Moreno’s car faltered, with Porter able to create a full lap lead ahead of everyone on track. 

2010 Peugeot 908
2010 Peugeot 908
2014 Coyote Corvette D
2014 Coyote Corvette D

Travis Engen in the Audi R8 took over Moreno’s position after six laps but was unable to keep pace with the Peugeot. He was, however, able to obtain a comfortable lead against Joe Robillard in the Norma-Nissan M30 LMP3 car, taking second place at the finish. 

Early in the race, the Ligier-Nissan JSP3-15 driven by Ari Balogh and the Elan DP02 driven by Greg Thornton was ahead of the other Ligier driven by Francesco Melandri and Nigel Greensall. Though after the pitstops, with Greensall at the wheel, he quickly went past Thornton and Balogh claiming fourth place. 

2005 Audi R8 LMP1
2005 Audi R8 LMP1

From the get-go, Porter immediately showed that he was racing to win with a series of five consecutive fastest laps of the race. He recorded an impressive 1.55.846 on lap 5, ensuring that former Benetton F1 driver and Patrick Racing Indycar star, Roberto Moreno, would not have a chance.

Porter’s first lap was impressive, as he created a three-second gap on Moreno, but Porter made sure to increase the distance between him and the Brazilian, and by the 10-minute mark of the 40-minute race, Porter was ahead by 13 seconds. 

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Masters Endurance Legends Starts 2021 at Sebring International Raceway
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/masters-endurance-legends-2021-sebring/
Published Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 22:42:53 +0000