ALMS: Mosport entry list, event information.

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Mosport circuit map.

LMP1

  • 6 Muscle Milk AMR – AMR/Lola Coupe B08/62 (Michelin) – Pickett/Graf.
  • 12 Autocon – Lola B06/10 – Burgess/McMurry.
  • 16 Dyson Racing Team Inc. – Lola B09/86 (Dunlop) – Dyson/Smith.
  • 20 Oryx Racing –  Lola B09/86 (Dunlop) – Al Masaood/Kane.

GT

  • 3 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 (Michelin) – Beretta/Milner.
  • 4 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 (Michelin) – Gavin/Magnussen.
  • 17 Team Falken Tire – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Falken) – Henzler/Sellers.
  • 40 Robertson Racing – Doran Ford GT (Michelin) – (D) Robertson/(A) Robertson.
  • 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports –  Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Michelin) – Holzer/Neiman.
  • 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports –  Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Michelin) –  Bergmeister/Long.
  • 48 Paul Miller Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Michelin) – Miller/Maassen.
  • 50 Panoz Racing – Panoz Abruzzi (Michelin) – James/Sandström.
  • 55 BMW Team RLL – BMW M3 E92 (Dunlop) – Auberlen/Werner.
  • 56 BMW Team RLL – BMW M3 E92 (Dunlop) – Müller/Hand.
  • 62 Risi Competizione – Ferrari F458 Italia (Michelin) – Melo/Vilander.
  • 98 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR (Michelin) – PJ Jones/TBA.
  • 99 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR (Michelin) – Junqueira/Da Matta.
  • 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari F458 Italia (Michelin) – Sharp/Van Overbeek.
  • 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari F458 Italia (Michelin) – Brown/Cosmo.
  • 04 Robertson Racing – Doran Ford GT (Michelin) – Murry/Lazzaro.

LMPC

  • 18 Performance Tech Motorsports – Oreca FLM-09 – Nicolosi/Boon.
  • 37 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – (C) Field/Vera.
  • 63 Genoa – Oreca FLM-09 – Lux/Zugel.
  • 89 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – Marcelli/Ducote.
  • 05 Core AutoSport – Oreca FLM-09 – Bennett/Montecalvo.
  • 06 Core AutoSport – Oreca FLM-09 – Jeanette/Gonzalez.

GTC

  • 11 JDX Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ham/Cumming.
  • 23 Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Sweedler/Wong.
  • 54 Black Swan Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Pappas/Faulkner.
  • 66 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ende/Pumpelly.
  • 68 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – von Moltke/Bunting.

LMP1: 4   LMP2: 0   GT: 16   LMPC: 6   GTC: 5   Total: 31

Coverage information:

 – Live video (Americanlemans.com – stream not available to users within the US).

 – Live audio (RadioLemans – commentary also available via official live stream). 

 – Live timing. 

 – Spotter’s guide (Andyblackmoredesign).

 – Event schedule.

LM24: Porsche announces Le Mans return for 2014.

The 917K sports 5000 prototype of KG Salzburg; Porsche's first outright Le Mans winner. - Image courtesy Porsche Motorsport.

The 917K sports 5000 prototype of KG Salzburg; Porsche's first outright Le Mans winner. - Image courtesy Porsche Motorsport.

After years of intense speculation, Porsche AG today confirmed its long-rumoured intentions for a return to the top-tier of sports prototype racing via the release of a promotional video (see below), signaling its plans to enter the currently factory-diesel dominated LMP1 ranks as of 2014.

Porsche Motorsport revealed preliminary details of the marque’s historic return by announcing the undertaking of its LMP1 development programme, with a planned factory assault for outright honours at the the 2014 edition of the Le Mans 24 hour event.

Technical information has not yet been provided. Further details regarding the nature of the chassis, engine, or programme are yet to be confirmed.

Porsche's most recent outright Le Mans winner, the 911 GT1. - Image courtesy Porsche Motorsport.

Porsche's most recent outright Le Mans winner, the 911 GT1. - Image courtesy Porsche Motorsport.

“Porsche’s successes in Le Mans are unrivalled. We want to follow up on this with the 17th outright victory.” – Matthias Müller, President of the Executive Board at Porsche AG.

Given Porsche’s already clear desire for the development, demonstration, and motorsport application of energy recovery technologies (as evidenced by the GT3R Hybrid), the manufacturer’s new LMP is expected to be bear a petrol-hybrid powertrain. This is yet to be confirmed by official sources, and likely dependent on allowances afforded by (not-yet published) ACO technical regulations.

Porsche last raced for outright honours in 1998, when the marque’s factory lineup of McNish, Ortelli and Aiello secured the German manufacturer’s sixteenth and most recent outright victory at Le Mans.

What effect (if any) the announcement may have on the motorsport future of VAG sister company, Audi is yet to be confirmed.

Edit:

AudiSport official response:

“This is the decision of Porsche company, a decision in which Audi is not involved. Audi relishes the prospect of every strong new opponent at Le Mans and in the new FIA World Endurance Championship. Porsche’s entry into the LMP1 class is evidence of the high level of attraction of sport prototypes.”

Video:

Comments: 

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport:

“We’re looking forward to the task of developing new technologies and to continue on with the success of the Porsche RS Spyder. After the conclusion of our works-supported sports prototype programme in the American Le Mans Series we have kept up with the latest technological advances.

Now we will begin with detailed research in order to evaluate the various concept alternatives for our new car. These obviously depend on how the regulations for the year 2014 look in detail. In principle, these regulations are interesting for us because the integration of our hybrid technology in the vehicle concept is one possible option.”

ALMS, LM24: Highcroft severs HPD ties, withdraws Le Mans entry.

Highcroft Racing's ARX-01e during the 2011 Sebring 12 Hour. - Image courtesy Highcroft Racing.

Highcroft Racing's ARX-01e during the 2011 Sebring 12 Hour. - Image courtesy Highcroft Racing.

After a rocky start to its 2011 campaign, US team Highcroft Racing today confirmed the news many sportscar racing fans had been fearing.

Following five, highly successful years at the forefront of the North American sportscar racing scene, the squad today concluded the final chapter in its HPD-backed history.

Earlier today the team’s PR officials confirmed details of the Danbury-Connecticut-based outfit’s severing of ties with long-time technical partner, HPD.

News of the team’s Le Mans 2011 entry withdrawal were also confirmed shortly after.

Despite a Goliath-beating, highlight performance at the Sebring 12 Hour event earlier this year, along with intentions for a return to Le Mans with the revised ARX-01e, many had anticipated the possibility of Highcroft returning to the ALMS would be, following the outfit’s well-known pre-season struggles, all but a distant possibility.

Highcroft campaigning Acura's radical ARX-02e design at the 2009 Sebring 12 Hour. - Image courtesy Doug Werner/SpeedTV.com

Highcroft campaigning Wirth's radical ARX-02e design at the 2009 Sebring 12 Hour. - Image courtesy Doug Werner/SpeedTV.com

Selected as a satellite-team during the original Acura LMP program’s infancy, the Duncan Dayton-led outfit excelled. Often competing toe-to-toe with rival factory-backed teams of Penske, and Audi, in addition to its Acura-backed sister teams, during what many considered to be the glory years of modern prototype racing in North America.

As long-time HPD-stalwarts, Highcroft Racing remained the only US-based team campaigning an HPD chassis following the demise of De Ferran Motorsports at the close of the 2009 ALMS season.

During this period the team achieved a total of eleven race wins, nine pole positions, and 28 podium finishes, along with two consecutive championships (2009/2010). The squad’s HPD-backed efforts ultimately culminating through a highly-deserved second-placed finish at this year’s Sebring 12 Hour.

Although Highcroft’s future remains unclear, team members, and fans remain hopeful for a possible return.

The team is currently evaluating opportunities for potential future programs, and actively seeking new manufacturer partnerships.

Team owner, Duncan Dayton released the following statement:

“I am deeply disappointed for our team at Highcroft Racing who were really looking forward to the race and for David and Marino who are left without a ride at Le Mans at a very late stage. Our drivers have been truly incredible in recent years and I know they are as disappointed as we are that the ARX-01e will not be at Le Mans.”

“For our future, we need to take the next step in the development of our team. The team is now in a position to start with a clean slate and work towards our next championship assault with new partners.”

Lotus Announces LMP2, GT2, and GT3 Chassis Development.

A concept rendering of Lotus' new LMP2 chassis.

A very Peugeot-esque concept rendering of Lotus' new LMP2 chassis.

After recent press regarding a very public dispute over naming rights with the F1 team bearing its name, Lotus has announced the next chapter in its extensive motorsport history. Earlier this year the famous marque made headlines by announcing a return to the the IndyCar series, along with the development of its GT4 Evora.

Today’s announcements have confirmed what many in sportscar racing circles had long suspected. Lotus has signaled its intention to join the ever-growing list of LMP and GT chassis manufacturers, announcing plans to build LMP2, GT2, and GT3 chassis.

As Lotus’ first foray into LMP competition, chassis design will be spearheaded by Paolo Catone, chief designer of Peugeot’s Le Mans winning 908 LMP1.

Lotus has already revealed the nature of the vehicle to be a closed-cockpit coupe, built to 2011 ACO LMP2 specification. Initial plans indicate the car will make its competitive debut next year, with an all-out attack on the 24 Hour planned for 2012.

This however, was not the only announcement of the day. In what can now be seen as a complete rebirth of motorsport activities for the legendary brand, Lotus has also confirmed the development of both GT2 and GT3 variations of its mid-engined GT4 Evora.

In addition to this, a new GT2 chassis will be constructed from a yet to be unveiled car, rumoured to be making its first appearance at the Paris Autoshow in within the week.

Claudio Berro (Director, Lotus Motorsport) made the following statement:

“Lotus is motorsport and racing is in our DNA. We have a special place in motorsport history and now as we unveil the beginning of our future plans it’s important for people to realize just how committed we are to doing our heritage justice.

There is no better platform to demonstrate the transfer of technology from track to road car than a full range of pure motorsport activity, we have to tick all the boxes.”

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

Roush Yates Announces LMP Engine Supply Plans.

Lola-Roush Yates Ford Livery Render.

Lola's recently unveiled B11/80 Coupe will provide compatibility with Roush Yates' EcoBoost V6 engine. - Image Courtesy Lola-group.com

US-based performance engine manufacturer, Roush Yates have announced their intention to join the American Le Mans Series as an LMP2 engine supplier for the 2011 season.

Predominantly focused on Ford powerplants, Roush Yates will supply a single six cylinder engine based on Ford’s EcoBoost Turbo platform. In addition, the firm is also evaluating the potential of its existing V8 Mustang block for future LMP use.

Renowned LMP chassis constructor Lola has announced an agreement that will see the UK-based manufacturer provide compatibility for the package in both its open/closed cockpit future LMP offerings. As part of the agreement, the EcoBoost Turbo will be one of several engines available as a standard option to all Lola LMP2 customers.

John Maddox, Sports Car Program Manager for Roush Yates made the following statement:

“Everyone at Roush Yates Engines is excited to partner with such a prominent car constructor of LMP sports cars. We are proud to build exceptional engines to pair with Lola’s LMP2 design as we enter this innovative championship. Roush Yates Engines plans to use this opportunity to continue improving our technology and efficiency as we strive towards our goal of becoming world-class engine builders.”

The announcement marks Ford’s (albeit indirect) entrance to the ever growing list of LMP engine suppliers for the 2011 season.

ALMS: LimeRock Results (Final).

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Final result listings for round five of the 2010 American Le Mans Series can be seen below.

Pos. No. Cat. Drivers No Laps Diff Total Time Best Time Make
1 1 P (Pickett)/

Graf*

171 -.— 2:45:04.386 50.592 Porsche RS Spyder
2 2 P Brabham*/

(Pagenaud)

171 27.810 2:45:32.196 50.056 ‡ HPD ARX-01c
3 1 PC Jeannette/

(Julian*)

162 9 Laps 2:44:35.241 54.308 Oreca FLM09
4 2 PC Figge*/

(Papadopoulos)

162 9 Laps 2:45:08.822 54.048 ‡ Oreca FLM09
5 1 GT Bergmeister/

(Long*)

161 10 Laps 2:45:40.015 56.022 Porsche 911 RSR
6 2 GT Auberlen*/

(Milner)

161 10 Laps 2:45:41.510 56.107 BMW M3 GT
7 3 GT (Mueller)/

Hand*

161 10 Laps 2:45:44.094 55.943 BMW M3 GT
8 4 GT Salo*/

(Kaffer)

160 11 Laps 2:45:56.305 56.196 Ferrari 430 GT
9 5 GT (Beretta)/

Gavin*

159 12 Laps 2:45:15.385 55.973 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
10 3 PC Tucker*/

(Wallace)

158 13 Laps 2:45:50.793 54.486 Oreca FLM09
11 6 GT (Sharp)/van Overbeek* 157 14 Laps 2:45:15.161 56.292 Ferrari 430 GT
12 7 GT Law/

(Neiman*)

157 14 Laps 2:46:01.752 56.598 Porsche 911 RSR
13 8 GT Sellers/ (Henzler*) 156 15 Laps 2:45:24.356 56.996 Porsche 911 RSR
14 1 GTC (Richard)/ Lally* 152 19 Laps 2:45:35.320 59.086 ‡ Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
15 9 GT Dalziel*/

(Goossens)

152 19 Laps 2:45:43.100 58.482 Jaguar XKRS
16 2 GTC (Pappas)/

Bleekemolen*

151 20 Laps 2:45:40.181 59.368 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
17 10 GT (Brown)/

Cosmo*

150 21 Laps 2:45:52.356 57.281 Ferrari 430 GT
18 3 GTC Lewis*/ (Vento) 149 22 Laps 2:45:55.142 59.728 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
19 4 PC Sedivy*/

(Zugel)

146 25 Laps 2:45:46.529 57.698 Oreca FLM09
20 4 GTC (Curtis)/

Sofronas*

146 25 Laps 2:46:02.110 59.402 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
21 5 GTC Miller*/

(Hines)

140 31 Laps 2:36:26.132 59.515 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
22 3 P (J.Field*)/

C.Field

140 31 Laps 2:46:00.826 51.670 Lola B06 10
23 6 GTC (Sweedler)/

Kapudija*

123 48 Laps 2:46:01.638 1:00.571 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
24 4 P Drayson/

(Cocker*)

113 58 Laps 2:45:46.060 50.360 Lola B09 60
25 11 GT (Murry*)/

A.Robertson

110 61 Laps 2:45:04.838 57.535 Doran Ford GT-R
26 5 PC Marcelli*/

(Wong)

108 63 Laps 1:55:21.221 54.358 Oreca FLM09
27 12 GT Magnussen*/

(O’Connell)

35 136 Laps 40:56.658 57.110 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
28 13 GT (Melo*)/

Bruni

22 149 Laps 2:43:13.334 56.601 Ferrari 430 GT
29 5 P (Dyson)/

Smith*

7 164 Laps 6:36.117 51.466 Lola B09 86 Mazda
30 6 PC (Tucker)/

Bouchut*

0 171 Laps -.— -.— Oreca FLM09