ALMS: Mosport Results.

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The penultimate round of the 2010 American Le Mans series saw Porsche teams respond to mounting pressure in in both LMP and GT categories.

After setting the pace during qualifying, CytoSport’s duo of Klaus Graf and Porsche works driver Romain Dumas would go on to take victory at the historic Canadian circuit. Championship rivals, Patron Highcroft finished a close second. The solid points haul for both teams ensures the LMP title race will be decided at the Petit Le Mans season finale in early October.

After inheriting the pole as a result of Risi’s misfortune, the Flying Lizard #45 squad performed in a manner of relentless pace and brutal consistency now characteristic with the team. The performance ensured Bergmeister/Long their fourth victory of the 2010 season, enabling the reigning GT2 champions to extend their points lead over closest championship rivals, Risi Competizione to margin of 22 points.

Results for the event can be seen in full below.

Pos. No. Cat. Drivers L. Gap Time Best Veh
1 6 P (Dumas)/Graf* 99 -.— 2:19:01.795 1:09.009 Porsche RS Spyder
2 1 P Brabham/(Pagenaud) 99 4.620 2:19:06.415 1:09.865 66 HPD ARX-01c
3 12 P Mowlem*/(Burgess) 98 1 Laps 2:19:17.987 1:10.476 Lola B06 10
4 99 PC Jeannette*/(Julian) 95 4 Laps 2:19:13.663 1:13.268 Oreca FLM09
5 55 PC (Tucker)/Bouchut* 95 4 Laps 2:19:31.709 1:14.178 Oreca FLM09
* 6 8 P (Drayson)/Cocker* 95 4 Laps 2:20:33.649 1:07.962 Lola B09 60
7 16 P (Dyson*)/Smith 94 5 Laps 2:19:03.083 1:08.279 Lola B09 86 Mazda
8 36 PC Montecalvo*/(Zugel) 93 6 Laps 2:19:20.804 1:14.311 Oreca FLM09
9 95 PC Tucker*/(Wallace) 93 6 Laps 2:19:22.797 1:15.747 Oreca FLM09
10 52 PC (Gonzalez)/Diaz* 92 7 Laps 2:19:07.676 1:14.332 Oreca FLM09
11 45 GT Bergmeister*/(Long) 92 7 Laps 2:19:14.411 1:18.354 Porsche 911 RSR
12 62 GT (Vilander)/Bruni* 92 7 Laps 2:19:14.721 1:18.429 Ferrari 430 GT
13 92 GT (Auberlen)/Milner* 92 7 Laps 2:19:26.949 1:18.441 BMW M3 GT
14 4 GT Magnussen/(Gavin*) 92 7 Laps 2:19:28.373 1:18.120 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
15 3 GT Beretta/(O’Connell*) 92 7 Laps 2:19:28.832 1:18.616 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
16 01 GT (Sharp*)/van Overbeek 91 8 Laps 2:19:18.825 1:18.787 Ferrari 430 GT
17 89 PC (Marcelli*)/Ducote 91 8 Laps 2:19:23.357 1:13.683 Oreca FLM09
18 17 GT (Sellers*)/Henzler 91 8 Laps 2:19:29.844 1:19.616 Porsche 911 RSR
19 69 GTC (Rodriguez)/Bieker* 63 6 Laps 2:45:32.785 2:16.447 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
20 44 GT Law/(Neiman*) 90 9 Laps 2:19:31.230 1:19.796 Porsche 911 RSR
21 75 GT (Gentilozzi)/Goossens* 87 12 Laps 2:19:19.709 1:20.557 Jaguar XKR
22 88 GTC (Lewis*)/Aschenbach 86 13 Laps 2:19:09.186 1:24.004 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
23 54 GTC (Pappas)/Bleekemolen* 86 13 Laps 2:19:11.466 1:23.057 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
24 23 GTC (Sweedler)/Pagerey* 86 13 Laps 2:19:12.766 1:23.964 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
25 48 GTC (Miller*)/Hines 78 21 Laps 1:57:34.624 1:23.982 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
26 90 GT Mueller*/(Hand) 48 51 Laps 1:05:23.995 1:19.262 BMW M3 GT
27 40 GT (Murry*)/A.Robertson/D.Robertson 48 51 Laps 1:07:15.687 1:19.868 Doran Ford GT-R
28 37 P (J.Field)/C.Field 43 56 Laps 56:13.252 1:09.759 Lola B06 10
29 63 GTC (Richard)/Lally* 32 67 Laps 46:26.730 1:25.306 Porsche 911 GT3
30 92 GT (Auberlen)/Milner* 8 61 Laps 19:55.187 2:09.310 BMW M3 GT
31 55 PC (Tucker)/Bouchut 8 61 Laps 19:55.425 2:07.620 Oreca FLM09
32 32 GTC (Curtis)/Sofronas* 8 61 Laps 20:46.054 2:19.090 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
33 37 P (J.Field)/C.Field 6 63 Laps 13:58.047 1:55.436 Lola B06 10
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ALMS: Road America Results.

ALMS LogoRound seven of the 2010 American Le Mans series saw a resurgence of power in both LMP and GT categories. DraysonRacing achieved victory at the hands of young-ace, Johnny Cocker. Cocker’s last lap heroics enabled the team to take their maiden steps in victory lane. Podium finishes for both Cytosport and Highcroft entries ensure the championship race remains in contention.

In the GT category it was all about BMW and Rahal Letterman Racing. After a season of successful finishes, the team managed their first victory of the 2010 season courtesy of Dirk Müller and Joey Hand. Finishing a close second to the #90 BMW squad, Flying Lizard #45 extended their championship lead over rivals, Risi Competizione to a margin of eighteen points (previously eight).

Result listings can be seen in full below.

Pos. No. Cat. Drivers L. Gap Time Best Veh
1 8 P Drayson)/

Cocker*

69 -.— 2:45:15.756 1:52.420 Lola B09 60
2 6 P (Bernhard)/

Graf*

69 1.051 2:45:16.807 1:54.165 Porsche RS Spyder
3 1 P Brabham*/

(Pagenaud)

69 4.915 2:45:20.671 1:54.364 HPD ARX-01c
4 16 P (Dyson)/

Smith*

69 6.062 2:45:21.818 1:54.335 Lola B09 86 Mazda
5 99 PC Jeannette*/

(Julian)

67 2 Laps 2:47:03.672 2:02.189 Oreca FLM09
6 52 PC (Gonzalez)/

Diaz*

67 2 Laps 2:47:25.278 2:01.331 Oreca FLM09
7 90 GT Mueller/

(Hand*)

66 3 Laps 2:46:40.026 2:08.585 BMW M3 GT
8 45 GT (Bergmeister*)/

Long

66 3 Laps 2:46:42.643 2:08.494 Porsche 911 RSR
9 4 GT (Beretta)/

Gavin*

66 3 Laps 2:46:44.971 2:08.014 46 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
10 3 GT Magnussen*/(

O’Connell)

66 3 Laps 2:46:53.376 2:08.591 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
11 02 GT (Brown*)/

Cosmo

66 3 Laps 2:46:57.724 2:08.603 Ferrari 430 GT
12 62 GT (Melo*)/

Bruni

66 3 Laps 2:47:00.946 2:08.297 Ferrari 430 GT
13 95 PC Tucker/

(Wallace*)

66 3 Laps 2:47:02.433 2:02.728 Oreca FLM09
14 61 GT Salo/

(Kaffer*)

66 3 Laps 2:47:04.091 2:09.260 Ferrari 430 GT
15 01 GT Sharp/

(van Overbeek*)

66 3 Laps 2:47:11.984 2:09.022 Ferrari 430 GT
16 44 GT Law/

(Neiman*)

66 3 Laps 2:47:15.559 2:09.425 47 Porsche 911 RSR
17 17 GT Sellers/

(Henzler*)

65 4 Laps 2:45:23.251 2:10.007 Porsche 911 RSR
18 54 GTC (Pappas)/

Bleekemolen*

64 5 Laps 2:47:11.414 2:15.167 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
19 69 GTC (Rodriguez)/

Bieker*

63 6 Laps 2:45:32.785 2:16.447 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
20 88 GTC (Lewis*)/

Rice

63 6 Laps 2:46:38.188 2:16.852 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
21 23 GTC Sweedler/

(Kapudija*)

63 6 Laps 2:47:05.216 2:17.036 55 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
22 63 GTC (Ende)/

Lally*

63 6 Laps 2:47:22.677 2:15.600 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
23 28 GTC (Beggs)/

Baron

61 8 Laps 2:47:20.521 2:18.095 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
24 40 GT (Murry*)/

A.Robertson/

D.Robertson

59 10 Laps 2:45:23.138 2:09.852 4 Doran Ford GT-R
25 12 P Willman/

Burgess/

(Mowlem*)

59 10 Laps 2:46:50.752 1:54.422 Lola B06 10
26 89 PC (Marcelli*)/

Ducote

47 22 Laps 2:05:39.228 2:02.170 Oreca FLM09
27 36 PC Montecalvo*/(

Zugel)

36 33 Laps 1:35:22.889 2:06.706 28 Oreca FLM09
28 48 GTC Miller*/

(Hines)

36 33 Laps 1:39:10.451 2:16.737 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
29 75 GT (Dalziel*)/

Goossens

26 43 Laps 1:07:25.248 2:11.926 Jaguar XKR
30 92 GT (Auberlen)/

Milner*

8 61 Laps 19:55.187 2:09.310 BMW M3 GT
31 55 PC (Tucker)/

Bouchut

8 61 Laps 19:55.425 2:07.620 Oreca FLM09
32 32 GTC (Curtis)/

Sofronas*

8 61 Laps 20:46.054 2:19.090 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
33 37 P (J.Field)/

C.Field

6 63 Laps 13:58.047 1:55.436 Lola B06 10

ALMS: Road America Entry List.

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The American Le Mans Series heads to Road America this coming weekend for round seven of the 2010 championship.

The grid remains at 34 entries with a notable addition to the #6 Cytosport entry in the form of Porsche works driver, Timo Bernhard, replacing the injured Greg Pickett for the remaining three rounds of the season.

Ian Dawson’s Libra Racing Radical SR9 also makes a return after a disappointing showing at Mid Ohio. Provisional entry listings can be seen in full below.

LMP

  • 1 Patrón Highcroft Racing – HPD ARX-01c – David Brabham / Simon Pagenaud
  • 5 Libra Racing IES – Radical SR9-Nissan – Andrew Prendeville / TBD
  • 6 Muscle Milk Team CytoSport – Porsche RS Spyder – Klaus Graf / Timo Bernhard
  • 8 Drayson Racing – Lola B09 60-Judd – Paul Drayson / Jonny Cocker
  • 12 Autocon Motorsports – Lola B06 10-AER / Bryan Willman / Tony Burgess /Johnny Mowlem
  • 16 Dyson Racing Team – Lola B09 86-Mazda – Chris Dyson / Guy Smith
  • 37 Intersport Racing – Lola B06 10-AER – Jon Field / Clint Field

GT

  • 3 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – Jan Magnussen / Johnny O’Connell
  • 4 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – Olivier Beretta / Oliver Gavin
  • 17 Team Falken Tire – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Bryan Sellers / Wolf Henzler
  • 40 Robertson Racing – Design Ford GT – David Robertson / Andrea Robertson / David Murry
  • 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Darren Law / Seth Neiman
  • 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Joerg Bergmeister / Patrick Long
  • 61 Risi Competizione – Ferrari 430 GT – Mika Salo / Pierre Kaffer
  • 62 Risi Competizione – Ferrari 430 GT – Jaime Melo / Gianmaria Bruni
  • 75 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR – Paul Gentilozzi / Marc Goossens / Ryan Dalziel
  • 90 BMW Rahal Letterman – BMW M3 GT – Dirk Müller / Joey Hand
  • 92 BMW Rahal Letterman – BMW M3 GT – Bill Auberlen / Tommy Milner
  • 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari 430 GT – Scott Sharp / Johannes van Overbeek
  • 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari 430 GT – Ed Brown / Guy Cosmo

LMPC

  • 36 Genoa Racing – Oreca FLM09 – TBD / TBD
  • 52 PR1/ Mathiasen Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – Ricardo Gonzalez / Luis Diaz
  • 55 Level 5 Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – Scott Tucker / Christophe Bouchut
  • 89 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM09 – Brian Wong / Kyle Marcelli
  • 95 Level 5 Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – Scott Tucker / Andy Wallace
  • 99 Green Earth Team Gunnar – Oreca FLM09 – Gunnar Jeannette / Christian Zugel

GTC

  • 23 Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Bill Sweedler / Romeo Kapudija
  • 28 911 Design – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Loren Beggs / Doug Baron
  • 32 GMG Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Bret Curtis / James Sofronas
  • 48 ORBIT – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Bryce Miller / Luke Hines
  • 54 Black Swan Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Timothy Pappas / Jeroen Bleekemolen
  • 63 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Duncan Ende / Andy Lally
  • 69 WERKS II Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Robert Rodriquez / Galen Bieker
  • 88 Velox Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Shane Lewis / Jerry Vento

LMP= 7  GT = 13  LMPC = 6  GTC = 8  Total = 34

Post Sebring race wrap.

In the weeks approaching the 2010 Sebring 12H, the average Sportscar enthusiast was more or likely involved in an argument over Audis presence at the legendary race. While Audi weren’t present (in a professional/race-prepared capacity), that didn’t stop record numbers of fans from flocking to the Southern Florida located circuit, with the expectation of seeing a race.

With the race now run and won, we take a look at the highlights of what turned out to be a fairly decent (and quite eventful) Sebring 12 hour.

The opening ten minutes saw the lead Peugeot take to an early lead (no surprises here), while the second did battle with the Lola-AMR, and Drayson racing entries. Running at what seemed to be slightly off the pace of the other P1 cars, the AMR-Lola (then driven by Fernandez) surrendered third position to well paced Emmanuele Pirro in the Drayson Lola-Judd. Shortly after, Pirro managed to take second place from an unsuspecting Sebastian Bourdais, in what turned out to be one of the highlights of the race. Anybody listening to Radio Le Mans’ audio stream at the time would have heard the trademark Hindhaugh scream of excitement.

Peugeot AMR battle.

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LMP2 started off as predicted. With reigning series champions Patron Highcroft surging out to an early lead. Followed by the Cytosport Spyder, and Dyson Lola-Mazda. Dysons’ car suffered engine related issues in the opening hours of the race, effectively ruining any chance of a win. The big surprise came after the 9 hour mark, after consistent running at close to P1 speeds, Highcroft suffered mechanical difficulties. Brabham hastily retreated to the pits, allowing the #6 Cytosport entry (which would later go on to win the race)  to recover the 5 lap margin drawn out by Highcroft driver trio.

BMW Corvette Risi chicanes

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The GT2 battle was heated from the moment the green flag was waved, with Henzler taking first place off Bergmeister within the opening moments of the race. Bergmeister later reclaimed the class lead, followed by the #62 Risi car,  and the #3/4 Corvettes after the lesser developed Falkens on Henzler’s car began to to wear. Something that may have come as a surprise to some (an expectation by many) was the early departure of the #75 JaguarRSR entry. After the much touted return of Jaguar to competitive sportscar racing, this was a huge disappointment.

As the race progressed, the drama began to unfold. The #3/4 Corvettes collided on pit road (in a very Peugeot-esque moment), effectively ending Corvettes hope of GT2 victory. Doug Fehan (Manager of Corvette Racing) later cited a radio miscommunication as the cause of the collision.  Meanwhile, not pushing for outright pace, the Peugeots continued to lap flawlessly, leading 1-2 overall. The Lola-AMR continued in third place, in much the same manner, opting to preserve fuel and tyres.

P1, P2, LMPC run to turn six.

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Later in the race, the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche suffered another cruel blow (in a history of injustices) when a tyre broke free from the #17 car, damaging the rear-left of the #45. Bergmeister was required to drive a complete lap with a deflated tyre and enter a closed pit area under the yellow flag. Series rules stipulate that no repair work can be completed on a car while the track is under a caution period. The damage was surprisingly minimal and repaired quickly. Unfortunately the #45 car exited pit lane several laps down on the class leaders, and out of the running for victory. The car finished two laps behind the class-winning Risi car, after some spirited driving by Bergmeister, Long, and Lieb.

Setting the pace earlier during test sessions, and in qualifying, BMW ran a relatively clean race (barring some minor incidents involving the #90 car). Mueller managed to spin the #90 car on the last lap, gifting teammate Werner second place in the dying moments of the race. Mueller brought the car home in third place, citing tyre/steering problems as a result of the crash. The #45/44 Flying Lizard cars finished a modest fourth and fifth. A decent effort considering the challenges faced by both cars through the event.

Risi Competizione took their third Sebring GT2 victory, in what is becoming an enduro tradition (on both sides of the Atlantic). Further cementing their status as the team to beat in any event over 10 hours. Drivers Melo, Bruni, and Kaffer managed to maintain a solid pace throughout the 12 hours, making few mistakes and avoiding the mishaps that plagued their competitors.

The LMPC class was, for the most part, a disappointment. With half the GT2 field finishing in front of the class winning car, it’s difficult to take the class seriously. It was expected the car would face technical problems after the 6 hour mark. Having only competed in short sprint races in a cooler European climate. The combination of harsh Sebring heat and bumpy terrain saw most of the cars pitting early with similar failures. The #55 Level5 entry led for what seemed like the entirety of the race, taking the checkered flag with Bouchut at the wheel.

To the surprise of many, GTC ended up providing some great viewing. With the recent addition of some seasoned-pros (Leitzinger, Diaz, Keen etc) to the category, the 997 Cup based-class gave the crowd something to cheer about (in between acting as mobile chicanes for the other classes). The #81 entry of Leitzinger, Gonzalez and Keen took class honours.

By the later stages of the race, Peugeot was only required to keep the car off the walls to take a maiden 12H victory, and did so in 1-2 fashion. The Lola-AMR placed third after a moderately paced, trouble free race. Finishing a modest three laps behind the diesel powerhouse. The #6 MuscleMilk Cytosport team of Graf, Picket, and Maassen finished fourth overall and first in class, completing an incident free race. A solid effort for any privateer.

That was Sebring 2010, and it only gets better from here on in.