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Signatech Alpine get’s first ELMS win at the Hungaroring

The Oreca 03 from Signatech Alpine won the 3h of the Hungaroring ahead of the Murphy Prototypes from Hartley/Hirschi. The LMP2 championship leaders TDS Racing were having a awful race, with many incidents ending up 6th in class. The Jota Sport Zytek from Dolan/Turvey were having a battle with Hartley/Hirschi for 2nd, but they had a puncture in the 2nd hour and had to pit. 30 minutes later they got passed by the Oreca 03 from Hartley/Hirschi, but due a late pitstop they lost 2nd position again. So Dolan/Turvey were 3rd. The Race Perfomance Oreca 03 retired after having two spins.

In LMPC, the #49 Team Endurance Challenge car won the category

The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from Proton Competition won in GTE ahead of he RAM Racing Ferrari and the AF Corse Ferrari. The IMSA Matmut Perfomance was leading the LMGTE class in the first half an hour but they got a stop and go penalty for leavng the engine on during the pitstop. So the Proton Porsche was leading the race until the end.

SMP Racing Ferrari won in GTC, their 3rd win in a row. GTC championship leaders Ecurie Ecosse with their BMW Z4 GT3 were having a solid race until 20 minutes till the end were they had contact with #56 AF Corse Ferrar 458 LMGTE car. So they ended up being 5th in class.

The next race of the European Le Mans Series will be in two weeks time at the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet, France. All championships will be decided at this race.

ALMS: Luhr/Graf win a chaotic Baltimore GP

It was one of the most chaotic ALMS races i’ve ever experienced.
It wasn’t even a endurance race, it was more a crashfest.

Everything began at the start, were the Dyson Lola from Chris Dsyon jumped the start.

Klaus Graf bracked to signal a wave off for a restart. Tucker, who was behind Graf didn’t see that one coming and was hard on the brakes. Lazarro couldn’t do anything and touched Tucker at the rear.

Tucker spun and was in the middle of the track, in opposite direction.
The Falken Tire Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from Wolf Henzler made an big frontal impact with the #551 Level 5 HPD from Tucker in 4th gear.

Then it became full chaos and suddenly 8 cars were involved in the crash, including the Paul Miller Racing and Core Autosport Porsche 911 GT cars, one Risi Ferrari 458, #93 SRT Viper and a LMPC car.

The GTC field had luck that they weren’t involved. Also the GT front runners, especially the RLL BMW’s were pretty lucky to escape from that one.


After half an hour of cleaning up all that mess, restart was attended from the drivers.

And again the Dsyon car jumped the start, so let’s try again folks! Eventually, a clean restart was made and everybody was coming unscafed through Turn 1, but Green flag only lasted for 3 turns.

The #2 ESM HPD from Lazarro spun the RSR PC car into the tire wall at Turn 4, another full cause caution.

So we already lost an hour of the race and not a single lap was made, pathetic isn’t it? Finally we hade our 4th restart of the day and everything went fine now.

Another full cause yellow, the rear bumper from Maxime Martin was in the middle of the cricuit. Then the 5th restart was made and there only 25 minutes to go.

After the restart, the #552 Level 5 HPD entry from Guy Cosmo made a driver change with Marino Franchitti.

Franchitti was on cold tires, slid off and ran into a tire bundle at chicane on the start/finish straight.
So the BMW Z4 from Dirk Müller had to brake hard as he saw the crashing Level 5 LMP2 machine and got overtaken by the two Corvettes.
Magnussen/Garcia won for the first time the Baltimore GP in the GT class.

But there was also action in the LMP1 class, as Guy Smith in the Dsyon Lola suddenly overtook Lucas Luhr for the lead. Luhr had some sort of a problem, but got the 1st position back, 3 minutes until the end.

The chicane is an issue that needs to be under investigation for the next years event.
It doens’t make it safer to drive on these railways, it makes it even more dangerous.

The next race of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron will be at the 21st to 22nd September at the Circuit of the Americas, making a Super Enduance Weekend with the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Full results of the GP of Baltimore presented by SRT:

Click to access Unofficial%20Race%20Results_1.pdf

ALMS: Luhr/Graf get 6th straight win at Road America

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Full results

 

 

ALMS: Luhr/Graf with controlled win at Mosport

LMP1: Luhr/Graf with a perfect race

Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park GP 6 laps ahead of the Dyson Racing Lola Mazda from Tony Burgess and Chris McMurry, who were driving this car for the first time under race conditions.

The Delta Wing however from Andy Meyrick and Katherine Legge was on a surprising P2 on the starting grid.

The car was staying there in the first half an hour of the race but then electrical problems stopped the experimantel car and they had to retire.

So Luhr/Graf were having a perfect race, with no competition at all.

LMP2, LMPC: Cracking battles in both classes

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In LMP2, the two Level 5 HPD’s battled with the ESM HPD from Cosmo/Sharp for the first three postions through the whole race.

Cosmo and Conway were battling 45 minutes long for the lead until their first pitstop.

After the driver changes were done by ESM and Level 5, Franchitti passed his teammate Tucker at the end of the race.

Sharp also passed Tucker for 2nd and then closed the gap to Franchitti to 2 seconds at the last lap.

Franchitti/Tucker won in LMP2 and they’re leading the championship standings.

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In LMPC, it looked like a win from RSR Racing until they made their last pitstop, were they had problems with the starter and had to retire.

So Colin Braun and CORE Autosport won in PC.

Van der Zande and Marcelli were battling for 2nd until the last lap, Van der Zande was 2nd then, Marcelli 3rd.

GT,GTC: Vette vs. Viper, Top 3 battle in GTC

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The SRT Viper from Wittmer/Bomarito was on a fantastic pole and lead the race in GT, but then they became a penalty for speeding in the pitlane and finished 3rd.

The teammates however Farnbacher/Gossens were hunting down the #3 Corvette from Gavin/Milner for the win of the race.

Farnbacher then had a cracking battle with Milner in the last 20 minutes and it nearly became a photo finish.

Milner won the first race for Corvette in the 2013 ALMS season since the Sebring 12h.

SRT Motorsports got a 2nd and 3rd, what is the best result for the Viper since it’s return in GT compettion at Mid-Ohio last year.

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In GTC, Pumpelly was chasing Edwards for 2nd in class.

Then Edwards got spun by the Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT from Bryan Sellers, who got a 30 seconds stop & go penalty for that.

Pumpelly then got 2nd and tried to overtake the leading AJR Porsche from Bleekemolen at the last lap, but Bleekemolen hold on and won in GTC.

The next round of the American Le Mans Series is on the 11th of August at Road America.

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ELMS 3H of Red Bull Ring Review

LMP2: TDS wins, Jota again with bad luck

TDS Racing wins the 3H of Red Bull Ring with Beche/Thiriet ahead of Signatech Alpine and Morand Racing.

It’s their 2nd win of the season.

The Zytek Z11SN Nissan from Jota Sport with Turvey/Dolan was on pole after the actual pole time from the Signatech Alpine was cancelled because it was set under yellow flags.

So Sigantech Alpine had to start from the back of the LMP2 class.

Jota Sport had great start with Oliver Turvey dominating the race.

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But when Turvey was coming to his first pitstop, he was to fast on the pit straight and got a 30 seconds stop & go penalty.

Turvey was on P4 and then came for a driver change with Simon Dolan, who then made a spin on his outlap.

Dolan had then a great battle for P3 afterwards with the Race Perfomance Oreca 03 from Michel Frey.

Dolan came then for his final pitstop coming in for fuel and then had to settle for 4th.

TDS Racing however wasn’t the fastest on the track, but the consistent.

Despite of small problem at their 2nd pitstop the Oreca 03 Nissan didn’t had any problems and Thiriet was running away with the win.

Boutson Ginion Racing who were the favourites of the race with WEC Lotus LMP2 drivers Holzer/Kraihamer had problems with their Oreca 03 and finished on a disappointing 8th in class.

Also Murphy Prototypes with Hirschi/Hartley had early problems with their Oreca 03 Nissan, they had to retire.

The No. 48 Team Endurance Challenge Oreca FLM 09 with Paul-Loup Chatin and Gary Hirsch took victory in the LMPC class, with

Hirsch holding off a charging Nicolas Verdonck in the final laps for the win ahead of the Algarve Pro Racing PC car.

GTE, GTC: Ferrari all the way

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RAM Racing won with Ferrari F458 Italia GTE car, even making a 1-2 ahead other Ferrari from JMW.

The Porsche’s however from Proton Competition, Prospeed and IMSA Perfomance Matmut couldn’t go the pace of the Ferrari’s and were lacking topspeed.

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In GTC, we had a great battle between SMP Racing and AF Corse (both Ferrari) in the first hour.

But after a pitstop problem from the AF Corse Ferrari, SMP Racing made a 1-2 win in GTC.

3rd was Ecurie Ecosse Team with the BMW Z4 GT3, maintaining a 100% podium record this year.

The next race of the European Le Mans Series is going to be the 3H of Hungaroring in Hungary at the 14th of September.

Audi wins the Sebring 12h 2013

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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PR1 Motorsports won in the LMPC class.

 

Again dramatic battle in GT

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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.

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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.

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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:

LMP1:

 

Fassler/Treluyer/Jarvis
di Grassi/Kristensen/McNish
Prost/Heidfeld/Jani
Graf/Luhr/Dumas
Beche/C. Cheng/Belicchi

LMP2:

Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe
Tucker/Hunter-Reay/Pagenaud
Kimber-Smith/Zugel/Lux

Brown/van Overbook/Lazzaro

 

LMPC:

Marcelli/Cumming/Johansson
D. Cheng/Guasch/Ostella
Nunez/Shears/HeinemeierHansson
Junqueira/Popow/Ende
Bennett/Braun/Wilkins

 

GT:

Gavin/Milner/Westbrook
Bruni/Beretta/Malucelli
Henzler/Sellers/Tandy
Auberlen/Martin/J. Muller
Miller/Holzer/Lietz
Dalziel/Farnbacher/Goossens
Drissi/Mitchell/Ducote
D. Muller/Hand/Edwards
Turner/Mucke/Senna

 

GTC:
MacNeil/Bleekemolen/von Moltke
Canache Jr./Pumpelly/Wong
Keating/Faulkner/Stanton
Cisneros/Seefried/Edwards
Hedlund/Heylen/Fogarty
Ehret/Imperatori/Sandberg
Dempsey/Lally/Foster
Avenatti/Davis/Faieta
Calvert-Jones/Curran/ Aschenbach

Retirements:
Dalla Lana/Johnson/Lamy
Bomarito/Kendall/Wittmer
Gomez/Farnbacher/Giermaziak
Schultis/Simon/Kaffer
Sharp/Cosmo/Brabham
Carter/Estre/de Quesada
Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor
Sweedler/Bell/Keen
Dyson/Smith/Leitzinger
Meyrick/Pla