McNish on fron row

Reigning American Le Mans Series champion Allan McNish will start from second position on the grid for the opening race of the new season at Sebring.

Reigning American Le Mans Series champion Allan McNish will start from second position on the grid for the opening race of the new season at Sebring.

Italian co-driver Dindo Capello conducted the 25-minute session at the 3.7-mile circuit situated in the heart of Florida in the Audi R10 TDi.

McNish and Capello, joined by Dane Tom Kristensen for this race only, will line up on the front row for Saturday’s 12-hour event behind the second Audi driven by Emanuele Pirro, Marco Werner and Frank Biela.

McNish is bidding to become the most successful British driver in the 55-year history of this sportscar endurance race, second only to the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The 37-year-old Scot is a two-time winner of a race previously won by such famous British names as Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn, John Surtees and Peter Collins.

McNish, though, is currently tied with Brian Redman (1975 and ’78) and Andy Wallace (1992 and ’93) as top Briton after his successes in 2004 and again last year.

“Every race win at Sebring is a big achievement in a driver’s career,” said McNish.

“But if Dindo, Tom and I were able to win here again, and for me to become the most successful British driver, would be a perfect way to begin our ALMS title defence.

“In my four appearances in this race I’ve finished first or second so hopefully we will have another visit to the ’winners’ circle.”’ McNish and Capello set a new record last season by winning seven of the 10 races outright, and eight in their class, the LMP1.

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