Luhr/Graf were the fastest through the 2 hours and 45 minutes of the Road America race, the 7th round of the American Le Mans Series 2013 presented by Tequila Patron. The Dyson Lola of Burgess/McMurry came into 2nd, they were quite unobtrusive allong the way.
But the Delta Wing of Legge/Meyrick was the most impressive.
Delta Wing had a good strategy and lead the race for a while until the Muscle Milk HPD from Klaus Graf was catching up and overtook the Delta Wing for 1st. Legge/Meyrick showed the real pace of the car and what it’s cappable of.
And that was actually the first finish of the Delta Wing since Petit Le Mans 2012.
LMP2, LMPC: Tucker/Pagenaud win in P2, Junqueira/Ende in PC
Tucker/Pagenaud were battling with the ESM car of Cosmo/Sharp for the P2 lead and no this time the Dsyon Lola was actually ahead of the P2 cars (not like CTMP).
However it was nearly a Level 5 1-2 as Franchitti/Gonzales made their last pitstop, the #01 ESM car of Cosmo/Sharp overtook them for 2nd position, and kept that till the last full cause caution.
In LMPC Ende/Junqueira won in class and were even 3rd overall (!).
Duncan Ende again showed fantastic pace, but this time he had no bad luck and secured the well deserved win for RSR Racing.
GT,GTC: Again Vette vs. Viper, Flying Lizard win in GTC
The #93 Viper of Bomarito/Wittmer was starting on pole for the 2nd in a row, but then lost the lead due pit strategy.
But the #91 Viper of Farnbacher/Gossens was making progress from 8th on the starting grid and overtoake the #93 Viper in the early stages of the race.
Then the two Corvettes of Milner/Gavin and Garcia/Magnussen were catching up and finally overtoke the #91 Viper after these guys made their last pitstop. But #91 Viper came back and overtoke both of the Corvettes to get the lead back.
The the RLL BMW team who were the favourites for the GT win there (they won 3 times in Road America since 2009) but the #56 BMW Z4 of Auberlen/Martin had early trouble in the race.
The Paul Miller Porsche of Miller/Holzer was trying to avoid the spinning RSR PC car and then also spun.
The #56 BMW the also tried to avoid the Paul Miller Porsche and onto the grass and made four 360’s.
The Flying Lizard Porsche of Canache/Pumpelly won in GTC after a great battle with the AJR Porsche of MacNeil/Bleekemon.
The race was finished under yellow flags because 9 minutes before the end of the race a GTC car crashed at Turn 1, there’s no Green-White-Checkered in the ALMS.
Treyuler/Fässler/Jarvis won the 61st Sebring 12 hour. It was the first win of an Hybrid car in ALMS history.
The 2nd car McNish/Di Grassi/Kristensen were only 7.679 seconds behind the winners of the race.
The Audi drivers had a real lead battle through the 12 hours. Jarvis made contact with McNish in hour 5 for the lead.
Also Di Grassi and Treyuler were battling for the lead later. McNish/Di Grassi/Kristensen had a real chance for the win.
But McNish made contact with a LMPC car and got a Stop&Go Penalty for avoidable contact, so they lost time there.
Rebillion Lola winning they first ALMS race in 2013
Jani/Heidfeld/Prost were driving on the podium and won in the ALMS classification ahead of HPD-Pikket with Graf/Luhr/Dumas.
The Pikket trio had two Stop&Go Penalties.
One of the penalties happend were Klaus Graf was trying to close the gap between him and the Rebellion Trio, than he made contact with the leading LMPC car and damaged his HPD.
5th was the 2nd Rebellion with Beche/C.Cheng/Belecchi.
The Dyson-Mazda retired after an electrionic failure and the revolutionary Delta Wing retired after some few laps due a burning engine failure what was very disappointing.
Level 5 with dominant LMP2 win
Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe made a double win with Hunter-Reay/Pagenaud/Tucker ahead of the Zytek-Nissan from Greaves with Kimber-Smith/Lux/Zugel.
The two ESM Racing HPD cars had some mechanical issues so both of the cars rerired. But considering the small field in LMP2, there was some action going on there.
Scott Sharp from ESM and Pagenaud from Level 5 made contact into Turn 1 after the first restart
Ed Brown in the 2nd ESM HPD spun his car three times overall because of the lack of grip.
I think the ESM guys aren’t used to this car, because they actually drive the Ferrari 458 Italia in GT and this is a completley different car to drive.
PR1 Motorsports won in the LMPC class.
Again dramatic battle in GT
After a three way lead battle between Ferrari, BMW and SRT, Corvette won the Sebring 12h with Gavin/Milner/Westbrook.
In the last 13 minutes the Risi Competizone Ferrari 458 Italia was leading the race, but a mistake from Malucelli dropped them back to 2nd position ahead of the Falken-Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
The brand new BMW Z4 GTE made a solid debut with 4th position in class, but the car is lacking topspeed.
The revised SRT-Viper GTS-R was with german driver Dominik Farnbacher in the lead for a short while, but their teammates were ending the race in 5th positon.
Aston Martin couldn’t challenge for the win and were very slow, they have to work on their V12 Vantage if they want to be competitive in the WEC, ALMS and Le Mans.
Alex Job Racing, switching from Lotus to Ferrari had an huge crash in hour 8 in the fast right hander Turn 13.
But driver Kendall was ok.
In GTC Bleekemolen/MacNeil/von Moltke (AJR) won in their class.
The next round of the American Le Mans Series is on the 19th-20th April at the Long Beach GP.
Result of the 61st Sebring 12 hour fueled by Fresh from Florida: