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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 March 2006, 11:50 GMT
Audi diesel makes racing history
The Audi R10 TDI
McNish in the victorious Audi R10 TDI
Scotland's Allan McNish co-piloted the first diesel-powered car to win a major sports car race as Audi won the Sebring 12 Hours in Florida.

The victory was all the more extraordinary as McNish and his Audi co-drivers Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello had to start from the pit lane.

"Our Audi R10 TDI is a real racing car," said four-time winner Kristensen.

"You can drive it very precisely, which is a combination of the diesel power and immense torque. It's fun to drive."

After securing pole position, the car of McNish his team-mates had to have its heat exchanger replaced before the start.

But they assumed the lead four hours into the 12-hour race when their sister car developed a similar problem and was forced to retire.

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