Audi walked all over the competition for a boring overall win at the 12 Hours of Sebring. The real race was for the GT class win, with BMW and Ferrari fighting through the last lap.
Olivier Beretta in the #71 Ferrari 458 from the World Endurance Championship exchanged the lead with Joey Hand in an BMW M3 from the American Le Mans Series eight times. On the last lap, a Ferrari knocked Hand off the track, Hand recovered, and made a mad pass on the final corner for what looked like the win.
The Ferrari that hit Hand doesn't actually appear to be Beretta in the #71 car, but rather the same team's #51 car. Hand never lost the lead when he got knocked onto the grass. Somehow, Beretta's #71 Ferrari had fallen back and was even passed by the third-position ALMS Corvette who didn't even know he'd passed the Ferrari in the darkness.
The driver of the #51 car, which was way down in the order, has since been fined $15,000 by the FIA for hitting Hand, the GT class leader.
While we know the race results, no one is sure quite how the #71 car ended in third or how Hand got pushed off track. Video replays just can't tell the whole story.
It was an epic finish, like the unbelievable last laps in 2007, fit for the growing legend of GT racing at Sebring.