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

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: Lime Rock Park Entry List Released.

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Provisional entry listings for Round five of the ALMS are now available. Despite the omission of several entries present at last weekends’ GP of Utah at Miller, the field remains at 31 entries.

A notable mention goes to the inclusion of the #61 Risi entry, making it’s second 2010 ALMS appearance. The #61 receives a change in driver lineup, with the familiar faces of Mika Salo and Pierre Kaffer returning Stateside to represent the prancing horse.

LMP

  • 1 Patrón Highcroft Racing – HPD ARX-01c – David Brabham / Simon Pagenaud
  • 6 Muscle Milk Team CytoSport – Porsche RS Spyder – Greg Pickett / Klaus Graf
  • 8 Drayson Racing – Lola B09 60-Judd – Paul Drayson / Jonny Cocker
  • 13 Dyson Racing Team Castrol – 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 – Doran Design Ford GT – 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 – Pierre Kaffer / Mika Salo
  • 62 Risi Competizione – Ferrari 430 GT – Jaime Melo / Gianmaria Bruni
  • 75 JaguarRSR – 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 – Tom Sedivy / Christian Zugel
  • 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – Tom Papadopoulos / Alex Figge
  • 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 / Elton Julian

GTC

  • 23 Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Bill Sweedler / Romeo Kapudija
  • 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 – Henri Richard / Andy Lally
  • 80 Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ricardo Gonzalez / Luis Diaz
  • 88 Velox Motorsports – Shane Lewis / Jerry Vento

LMP= 5 GT = 13 LMPC = 6 GTC = 7 Total = 31

ALMS: Fisichella/Vilander join Risi for Miller.

Risi #62, Laguna Seca 2010

Risi Competizione's Ferrari F430 during the 2010 six hours of Monterey. - Image courtesy John Dagys/Speedtv.com

Risi Competizione has recently announced the addition of a second entry for round four of the ALMS at Miller Motorsports Park, Salt Lake City. The drivers named to run the second car are retired F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella, and Toni Vilander. Both of whom are current Ferrari factory drivers.

The talented pairing currently drive for the AF-Corse team in the Le Mans series, alongside fellow works drivers, team mates, and Risi regulars, Gimmi Bruni and Jaime Melo. Making the pairing prime candidates for integration with the Risi squad.

While the announcement has fueled speculation over the possibility of a second Risi entry for the remainder of season 2010, Team owner/Manager Giuseppe Risi has responded with the following statement:  “At the present time, it is intended that the drivers will be with us for just this one race.”

ALMS: Post Laguna Seca Race Wrap.

Guy Smith + Laguna Seca Pole

Guy Smith takes the pole for Dyson Racing during Friday qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. - Image courtesy John Dagys/Speedtv.com

Round three of the 2010 ALMS championship saw the series travel to an unusually cool Monterey for the inaugural running of the six hours of Laguna Seca.

Friday’s qualifying session featured several unexpected outcomes. The first and most notable of which being Guy Smith’s pole setting lap for Dyson Racing. With the former Le Mans winner besting the time of nearest rival, David Brabham by a convincing seven-tenths of a second. The 1:12.338 lap saw Dyson’s Lola-Mazda to its maiden pole position.

Brabham later claimed to have been satisfied with Highcroft’s setup of the ARX01c, but conceded the team’s HPD machine was unable to compete with the obvious straight-line pace of Dyson’s Mazda-powered Lola, afforded by IMSA’s recent restrictor breaks. Highcroft would later be relegated to the rear of the grid as a result of a post-qualifying penalty.

Risi leads ESM/GT2 field into turn one.

#62 Risi leads the GT field into turn one. - Image courtesy John Dagys/Speedtv.com

The GT category once again played host to a brutal onslaught of speed from all marques on display. Risi Competizione’s Jaime Melo seized class pole with a 1:22.752. Johannes Van Overbeek would spark the second upset of the session, taking the #02 Extreme Speed Motorsports entry to second place on the grid to secure an all Ferrari front row.

Despite having achieved a fast lap merely .732 sec from the pole setting time, the usually dominant #45 Flying Lizards entry of  Bergmeister/Long were left to settle for eighth place on the grid.

Six hours Laguna Seca 2010 Start

Dyson leads the field approaching turn one. - Image courtesy John Dagys/Speedtv.com

Looking set to deliver on all fronts, the inaugural running of the six hour commenced in an eventful manner. Although starting from the rear of the grid, Highcroft’s Simon Pagenaud managed to fight through a gaggle of GT and challenge class competitors to reach fourth position overall during the opening laps of the event.

In somewhat of an ALMS tradition, Intersport’s #37 Lola-AER surged to the front of the field during the opening moments of the race, leading laps 1-38, later retiring due to engine related issues.

Intersport’s premature departure would see Highcroft inherit the race lead early during the second hour, with both MuscleMilk and Dyson entries remaining in close pursuit. The MuscleMilk squad would run as high as second before suffering race-ending transmission difficulties.

Despite early race dramas Dyson would remain in close pursuit of Highcroft throughout the event, with the squad’s Lola-Mazda even soaring to the overall lead during the fifth hour.

Clever strategy from Highcroft saw Franchitti maintain the race lead following a final pit stop. Dyson would minimise the margin to Highcroft below 26sec before suffering a race-ending mechanical failure in the dying stages of the race. Allowing the Connecticut-based squad to cruise to a second victory for 2010.

Highcroft + Laguna Seca six hours.

The Patrón Highcroft squad take the second victory of the 2010 season. - Image courtesy /Speedtv.com

Marked by intense battles between the factory-supported teams of Risi, P&M, RLR, and FLM, the GT race served as a brutal reminder of the pace at which the once Ferrari and Porsche dominated class now operates.

Dominated by no single entry, the GT class saw no less than six different runners share the lead throughout the duration of the race. Heated exchanges throughout the entire field marked the opening hours. The Rahal Letterman squad would maintain the race lead for the majority of hours two through four. With the team’s #92/90 entries running in 1-2 tandem on several occasions.

Flying Lizard Porsche, Rahal Letterman BMW, Pratt and Miller Corvette, Run to corkscrew

The #45 FLM Porsche of Patrick Long does battle with RLR/P&M in the dying stages of the race. - Image courtesy John Dagys/Speedtv.com

Despite an unfortunate result in qualifying, the #45 Flying Lizard entry would gradually work its way through the GT field over the course of the event. With Bergmeister reaching third in class after half race distance.

Clever pit strategy formulated by the Lizard’s chief strategist, Thomas Blam, saw the defending GT2 series champions inherit the lead late during the fifth hour. Leaving Porsche factory ace, Patrick Long to defend against a charging Joey Hand in the #90 RLR BMW, with the #3 Corvette of Oliver Gavin in close pursuit. The trio would ultimately finish in this order, with Long managing victory by a margin of .3sec to ensure another nail biting finish for GT class runners.

LMPC entries of Level5, Genoa, and GreenEarth Gunnar battle into the darkness.

LMPC entries of Level5, Genoa, and GreenEarth Gunnar battle into the darkness. - Image courtesy John Dagys/Speedtv.com

Now very much a part of the ALMS family, the LMPC category played host to a spirited exchange throughout the six hours between

Level5, Genoa, and Green Earth Gunnar entries. Much to the dismay of onlookers, the Team Gunnar entry would experience late race issues, forcing the #99 to a premature exit from the battle for class honours, but going on to finish third in category.

The #55 Level5,  and #36 Genoa entries were remained in an all out brawl to the finish, with experience proving to be the deciding factor. Bouchut taking the victory for Level5, followed by Genoa’s Tom Sutherland who would cross the line in second, a mere  seven seconds behind the endurance veteran.

Much like their faster GT class cousins the GTC category was, at no stage of the race, a single horse show. Entries of Alex Job, TRG, Velox, BlackSwan, and Orbit all experienced a share in the class lead over the course of the afternoon.

The #54 BlackSwan entry of Pappas/Bleekemolen/Bleekemolen would ultimately prevail, taking victory ahead of Andy Lally in the TRG #63, who would later cross the line to take second, followed by the #81 Alex Job entry of Leitzinger.