In an interesting turn of events, AutoWeek is reporting today that Audi Sport may still compete in the 12 Hours of Sebring next season. As most know, Sebring was dropped from the 2012 World Endurance Challenge calendar in favor of a September round in Austin, TX at Circuit of the Americas. Even still, Audi has a long history at Sebring and 2012 may mark the last time the team’s LMP1-based racers would be able to compete here depending on class rules adopted by merging ALMS and GRAND-AM series. According to AutoWeek, Audi is giving competition at the 2013 race serious consideration.
The source for this information is none other than Audi Sport #2 and heir apparent, Dieter Gass. “We hope to be able to go and we are planning to go at this stage, but the final decision has not been made,” Gass said to AutoWeek. “It is a very good preparation for the Le Mans 24 Hours.”
Audi Sport has made no secret of the value it places on early season testing at Sebring. Be it in the race or in private test sessions, the warm climate and rough track conditions make a perfect place to practice ahead of Le Mans.