ALMS : Generac 500 - Road America

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  1. #1 DownwardSpiral, Aug 7, 2007
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  2. No VDS Radical = Lame
     
  3. #4 405HPZO6, Aug 7, 2007
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  4. #5 DownwardSpiral, Aug 8, 2007
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  5. Indeed. What was the reason for that?
     
  6. No idea. Just saw that they aren't there.
     
  7. I just realized that Didier Theys is a driver for the MC12 R. He was one of my favorites when he was in the Rolex Series back when they had open cockpit cars.
     
  8. Yep, back when Grand Am was awesome!
     
  9. #10 rabbitl1, Aug 10, 2007
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  10. #11 DownwardSpiral, Aug 10, 2007
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  11. Enough...
     
  12. I wasn't being serious.
     
  13. I know, it's getting old though. Graham Goodwin had a perfectly good reason to be unhappy that I was doing what I did, and you guys are all being mega douche bags about it.
     
  14. Road America, 10 August 2007

    Audi dominates qualifying at Road America

    - Both Audi R10 TDI sportscars on the front row of the grid
    - Tenth pole position for Allan McNish
    - Track record beaten by 1.5 seconds

    With a record lap Allan McNish (Scotland) has captured pole position for Audi in round eight of the American Le Mans Series at Road America. Marco Werner (Germany) set the second fastest time in qualifying making sure that both Audi R10 TDI sportscars from Team Audi Sport North America will start Saturday’s race from the front row of the grid.

    On the fastest track of the American Le Mans Series’ schedule, Audi thus ended the streak of pole positions of the lighter LM P2 cars. For the first time since the season opener at Serbing in March, a car of the "top class" starts from the top spot of the grid.

    At Road America, the Audi drivers were setting the pace from the very beginning. An Audi R10 TDI was fastest in all practice sessions. In qualifying, Allan McNish was even able to beat his own track record from last year by 1.5 seconds. It was the tenth pole position for the Scotsman in the American Le Mans Series.

    The performance of his team-mate Marco Werner was also impressive: Because the gearbox of his Audi R10 TDI had to be changed, the German was able to join qualifying just eight minutes from the end of the session. Despite not having driven in the previous practice session, his first flying lap allowed him to get onto the front row – a feat greeted with cheers by his crew after changing the gearbox in a very short time.
     
  15. American Le Mans Series, round 8 in Elkhart Lake, USA, qualifying: Porsche RS Spyder sets fastest qualifying time in class

    Stuttgart. By setting the quickest qualifying time in the LMP2 class, the RS Spyder fielded by Penske Motorsports is in a good starting position for the eighth round of the American Le Mans Series. On the legendary Road America course in the US state of Wisconsin the Weissach-developed and built sports prototypes, which have excelled this season by securing five overall victories so far, take up the race on Saturday from the second row.

    Claiming the fastest time in the LMP2 class and setting a new lap record was Romain Dumas. The Frenchman shares the #7 RS Spyder with Timo Bernhard (Germany), with whom he has celebrated three overall wins at Long Beach, Houston and Mid-Ohio this season and clearly leads the championship.

    Posting the second fastest time was Ryan Briscoe (Australia) in the #6 RS Spyder, which he shares with Sascha Maassen (Germany). The duo have netted two overall victories in Salt Lake City and Lime Rock.

    “During the last practice the balance of our car wasn't as good as usual.
    So we worked on the set-up and came out somewhat late in qualifying,” said Romain Dumas. “Therefore I wasn't really sure if I could turn a good lap.
    But somehow it worked so now I'm feeling quite optimistic for the race. Our goal is to win the LMP2 class and further increase our lead in the championship. And that's what we will be concentrating on.”

    In the #20 RS Spyder, run by the US privateer Dyson Racing team with Porsche support, Guy Smith (Great Britain) turned the fifth quickest time in the LMP2 class. His team mate for the race is Chris Dyson (USA). In the #16 sister car, partnered by Butch Leitzinger (USA), Andy Wallace (Great Britain) claimed the seventh fastest time.

    In the GT2 class for modified production sportscars, title defender Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) netted fourth at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR run by Flying Lizard Motorsports. Bergmeister and team mate Johannes van Overbeek (USA) recently secured two class victories in succession. Tom Milner (USA) qualified his Rahal Letterman Racing 911 GT3 RSR in fifth.

    The race on Saturday starts at 16.00 hours local time (23.00 CEST) and runs over four hours.

    Qualifying results:

    1. Allan McNish (GB), Audi R10 (LMP1), 1:47.665 minutes
    2. Marco Werner (D), Audi R10 (LMP1), 0.371 behind
    3. Romain Dumas (F), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 1.168
    4. Ryan Briscoe (AUS), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 1.452
    5. David Brabham (AUS), Acura ARX (LMP2), 2.102
    6. Marino Franchitti (GB), Acura ARX (LMP2), 2.435
    7. Guy Smith (GB), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 2.646
    8. Luis Diaz (MEX), Acura ARX (LMP2), 3.600
    9. Andy Wallace (GB), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 3.624
    10. Jamie Bach (USA), Lola B07-Mazda (LMP2), 5.212
     
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  17. Road America, 11 August 2007

    Audi 1-2 victory after photo finish

    - Audi R10 TDI the fastest car at Road America
    - Impressive performance of Audi TDI Power
    - Overall victory missed by just 1.783 seconds

    Audi once more demonstrated the impressive performance of modern diesel engines in round eight of the American Le Mans Series at Road America (US state of Wisconsin): Both Audi R10 TDI sportscars were the dominating cars on the fastest track of the season, achieving another 1-2 victory in the LM P1 class. After a fierce inter-team battle, Dindo Capello/Allan McNish (Italy/Scotland) beat their team-mates Emanuele Pirro/Marco Werner (Italy/Germany) by just 0.796 seconds.

    Team Audi Sport North America lost the fight for the overall victory by just 1.783 seconds to the fastest LM P2 car after the two R10 TDI sportscars had been in the lead for almost the entire four-hour distance. The longer pit-stops, caused by the regulations, and tyre issues cost Audi any chance of the possible outright victory.

    In humid and hot conditions, the two Audi R10 TDI prototypes were easing away from the start before Allan McNish suffered a left rear puncture in one of the fastest parts of track 45 minutes into the race. Despite that, both diesel-powered sportscars held a commanding 1-2 lead when a thunderstorm caused a more than 60-minute long intervention of the Safety Car allowing the competition to close the gap.

    In the final stages of the race, Team Audi Sport North America did not take any risk by not changing the tyres on both R10 TDI cars. This caused Dindo Capello and Emanuele Pirro to drop behind the two "factory" Porsches. The exciting final laps saw the two Audi drivers pass one of the two lighter LM P2 cars and almost completely cancel out a 18-second gap to the second "factory" Porsche. The race was decided on the penultimate lap when both R10 TDI cars hit slower traffic in the long "Carousel" section making them lose valuable seconds.
     
  18. American Le Mans Series, round 8 in Elkhart Lake, USA, race report:
    Brilliant overall win for RS Spyder amidst thunder and lightning


    Stuttgart. With a brilliant overall victory at the four hour race in Elkhart Lake, Porsche further increased its lead in the American Le Mans Series. In a breath-taking finale, Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) won the eighth round of this series featuring the world's fastest sports prototypes at the wheel of a Penske Motorsports RS Spyder on the legendary Road America circuit in the US state of Wisconsin. For Porsche this marks the sixth overall victory in succession.

    In the most exciting race of the season, where the field spent a good hour behind the pace car due to heavy thunder storms and torrential rain, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas again not only dominated their rivals in the LMP2 category. On the 6.510 kilometre circuit, where engine performance plays a particularly important role due to the long straights and fast corners, the duo with their #7 RS Spyder also beat the ca. 200 hp more powerful LMP1 vehicles by 1.783 seconds. For Bernhard and Dumas this was their fourth overall victory after Long Beach, Houston and Mid-Ohio. In the second Penske Motorsports run RS Spyder with the starting number 6, Sascha Maassen (Germany) and Ryan Briscoe (Austrlia) occupied the second position in the LMP2 category.

    “That was one of the most beautiful victories for us, particularly because we hadn't expected to win here,” said Timo Bernhard. “But again today everything ran perfectly. We had a very good strategy and didn't make any mistakes – neither in the pits nor on the track. The final two laps were particularly dramatic. I was constantly overtaking so that I wouldn't lose my advantage. It was absolutely crazy.”

    As Romain Dumas took over the lead shortly before the long caution phase that was his key for success. “It was very difficult to drive behind the pace car in the rain especially in the twilight,” he said. “Then when the race finally got going again we were in an excellent position. Timo really made the most of it.”

    With the seventh class victory this season. Porsche increases its advantage in the LMP2 class championship and is on the verge of successfully defending its title. In the driver championship, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas further extended their points lead ahead of team mates Sascha Maassen and Ryan Briscoe.

    “That was a tremendous performance from the drivers and the whole team.
    Most notably, what Romain and Timo achieved was fantastic,” said Dieter Steinhauser, head of Motorsport Development. “The excellent performance over the entire race distance underlines the superiority of the RS Spyder concept even on a track that normally better suits the more powerful vehicles. Six overall wins in a row – that's how you write history.”

    With a great team effort, the Porsche-supported US privateer team, Dyson Racing, also shone in the American Le Mans Series' most competitive class.

    In the #20 RS Spyder Chris Dyson (USA) and Guy Smith (Great Britain) claimed fourth in LMP2. Andy Wallace (Great Britain) and Butch Leitzinger (USA) secured fifth with their #16 car.

    In the GT2 class for modified production sportscars, Ralf Kelleners
    (Germany) and Tom Milner (USA) climbed the winners podium for the second time this season. In their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Rahal Letterman Racing, the pair repeated their Lime Rock result with second position. Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Robin Liddell (Great Britain) crossed the finish line in their 911 GT3 saw the chequered flag in fourth with their Tafal Racing
    911 GT3 RSR.


    Overall result:

    1. Bernhard/Dumas (D/F), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 96 laps
    2. McNish/Capello (GB/I), Audi R10 (LMP1), 96
    3. Pirro/Werner (I/D), Audi R10 (LMP1), 96
    4. Maassen/Briscoe (D/AUS), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 96
    5. Brabham/Johansson (AUS/S), Acura ARX (LMP2), 94
    6. Dyson/Smith (USA/GB), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 94
    7. Wallace/Leitzinger (GB/USA), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2), 94
    8. Fernandez/Diaz (MEX/MEX), Lola B06/43 Acura (LMP2), 94
    9. Franchitti/Herta (GB/USA), Acura ARX (LMP2), 94
    10. Graf//Picket (D/USA), Lola B06/14 AER (LMP1), 91

    Class winners:
    LMP1: McNish/Capello (GB/I), Audi R10
    LMP2: Bernhard/Dumas (D/F), Porsche RS Spyder
    GT1: Beretta/Gavin (MC/GB), Chevrolet Corvette
    GT2: Salo/Melo (SF/BRA), Ferrari F430 GT

    Points standing
    Driver LMP2 class:
    1. Timo Bernhard,Porsche, 150
    Romain Dumas, Porsche, 150
    3. Sascha Maassen, Porsche, 133
    Ryan Briscoe, Porsche, 133
    5. David Brabham, Acura, 90
    Stefan Johanssen, Acura, 90
    7. Andy Wallace, Porsche, 83
    Butch Leitzinger, Porsche, 83

    Manufacturer LMP2 class:
    1. Porsche 162
    2. Acura 115
    3. Lola 73

    Teams LMP2 class:
    1. Penske Motorsports, Porsche, 162
    2. Highcroft Racing, Acura, 90
    3. Dyson Racing, Porsche, 89
     
  19. The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) debut of the Doran Racing Maserati MC 12 was judged to be a big success, after Didier Theys and Fredy Lienhard finished right behind the two factory Corvettes in the Generac 500, held on Saturday at the Road America circuit.

    Their efforts were rewarded with a GT1 podium finish in their first race with the marque and this particular car's first race ever, as well as a trophy given to the top privateers. The factory Corvettes were 12th and 13th overall but the new blue Maserati was right behind them in 14th position at the chequered flag. One lap separated the two Corvettes and the Maserati completed two less laps than the second-place finisher in GT1, but it more than held its own. Indeed, the car's best lap was Theys' 2:02.908 to the Corvette's 2:02.031 and 2:02.197. The team ran between 14th and 19th overall the whole time.

    The Generac 500 is a four hour race on a circuit, Road America, that is defined by many drivers as the 'Spa of North America'. Maserati competed here, officially, in 2005 and came third courtesy of Bertolini/De Simone On that occasion, the event lasted 2h45'. This year it is Doran Racing, one of the most famous outfits on the North American scene, who will are fielding a Maserati MC12. It is the eighth round of the 2007 ALMS.

    Theys and Lienhard took to the Road America track for the first time on Thursday morning, and clocked the third quickest time in the free practice sessions. At the end of the first free practice session, the MC12 set the third fastest time (15th overall) in the GT1 class thanks to a time of 2.04.499 (at an average speed of 117.052). The Modenese car ran 22 laps, 19 of which were timed. The day's best lap was set by the Audi R10 driven by Capello and McNish (LMP1). In GT1, Gavin and Beretta's Corvette topped the timesheet.

    On Friday Theys set the third fastest time the final qualifying session ahead of the Generac 500. The team Doran Racing car stopped the clock at 2:01.978, keeping the gap to the official Corvette driven by Jan Magnussen, the fastest of the GT1 drivers, to 1.005, and that with Olivier Beretta on board to 0.919. Theys set his fast time on lap six as the Swiss driver put all his knowledge of the Wisconsin track to good use. The Maserati MC12 averaged 119.471 mph and the time set will see it line up in sixteenth place on the starting grid.

    Team Doran worked on the race set up during the last two free practice sessions. It closed out the first session with a time of 2:04.362 (at an average speed of 117.180 mph). The car ran thirteen laps, of which three were timed. Session two saw the MC12 take third thanks to a lap of 2:04.527 (average speed 117.025 mph), a performance set during the nine timed laps of the fifteen it was out on the circuit. (Italiapseed.com)
     
  20. The NBC broadcast of the race (which was a VERY exciting one by the way!) is on today at 2:30 EST!
     
  21. Haha Audi
     
  22. Holy crap!!! My local NBC channel is covering the trapped miners!!! I missed the last hour of the race.
     

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