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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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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

Sebring 12h Preview + ALMS season preview

The last season of the ALMS in 2013.

For the last time we’re seeing the LMP1 prototypes in North America endurance racing.

The ALMS and the Grand Am will merger next season to the USCR.

So this year is a very special year for North American Motorsport.

So everyone from every class is wants  to win the championship in their class.

Pikket vs. Dyson vs. Rebillion vs. Delta Wing in LMP1 and ESM vs. Level 5 in LMP2.

The LMPC will be close again and the GTE will be though as ever.

SRT, Corvette, Porsche, BMW, Aston Martin and Ferrari are battling for the last ALMS GTE title.

The calender stays the same as last years, with the classic season opener in Sebring, than with classy racing tracks like Mazda Laguna Seca, Road America or Lime Rock and of course for the big season finale at Road Atlanta- The Petit Le Mans.

Some memorable moments from the ALMS history:

2013 Race calender

Sebring 12h (11-16th March)

Long Beach (with Indycar) (19-20th April)

Mazda Laguna Seca (9-11th May)

Lime Rock (5-6th July)

Mosport (19-21st July)

Road America (9-11 August)

Baltimore (with Indycar) (30-31st August)

Circuit of the Americas (with WEC) (19-21st September)

VIR (3-5th October)

Petit Le Mans (16-19th October)

Sebring 12h Preview

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The 61st Sebring 12h wil be the last that has been held of the American Le Mans Series.

The ALMS is helding this endurance race since 1999.

So overall 42 cars are coming to one of the biggest endurance race in the world, but without the field of the WEC though.

I will now show who are the favourites to win this race.

Audi:

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Audi has the biggest chances to win the race.

They won this race from 2000-2008 and 2012.

Audi revised their R18 for 2013, especially in the aerodynamics.

Audi will use two R18 for Sebring, driven by Fassler/Treluyer/Jarvis and the 2nd car by di Grassi/Kristensen/McNish.

Rebellion-Lotus:

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Rebillion are the best privatiers in the LMP1 class.

This Lola B12/60 has an reliable Toyota engine, so it shouln’t be a problem to claim the 12 hours.

But Rebillion is 2 seconds off the pace, set by Audi so i can’t see a realistic chance for a pole, but for win?

Maybe, if McNish is driving his R18 against the tire barrier like he did in FP1 or of course a technical failure.

The Rebillion-Lotus-Lola-Toyota will be driven by Beche/Cheng/Belicchi and Prost/Heidfeld/Jani.

HPD-Pikket:

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Pikket won the ALMS title last year, so they know how to win races especially the Sebring 12h.

I don’t think that Dyson as an chance to beat them, see last season.

The HPD ARX-03c is way faster.

This car will driven by Graf/Luhr/Dumas

Start list of the 61st Sebring 12 hour:

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LMP1:

Fassler/Treluyer/Jarvis             Audi R18 e-tron quattro

di Grassi/Kristensen/McNish   Audi R18 e-tron quattro

Graf/Luhr/Dumas                         HPD ARX-03c

Prost/Heidfeld/Jani                     Lola B12/60

Beche/Cheng/Belicchi                Lola B12/60

Dyson/Smith/Leitzinger          Lola B12/60

Meyrick/Pla                                   Delta Wing LM12

LMP2:

Tucker/Hunter-Reay/Pagenaud  HPD ARX-03b

Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe           HPD ARX-03b

Kimber-Smith/Zugel/Lux             Zytek Z11SN

Brown/van Overbeek/Lazzaro  HPD ARX-03b

Sharp/Cosmo/Brabham                 HPD-ARX-03b

LMPC:

Bennett/Braun/Wilkins                                ORECA FLM09

Marcelli/Cumming/Johansson                ORECA FLM09

Drissi/Mitchell/Ducote                               ORECA FLM09

Nunez/Shears/Heinemeier Hansson     ORECA FLM09

Junqueira/Popow/Ende                             ORECA FLM09

Schultis/Simon/Kaffer                                ORECA FLM09

Cheng/Guasch/Ostella                                ORECA FLM09

GTE:

Bruni/Beretta/Malucelli               Ferrari 458 Italia                

Turner/Mucke/Senna                    Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Gavin/Milner/Westbrook            Corvette ZR1

Auberlen/Martin/Müller J.        BMW Z4

Müller D./Hand/Edwards            BMW Z4

Henzler/Sellers/Tandy                Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor        Corvette ZR1

Dalziel/Farnbacher/Goossens  SRT Viper GTS-R

Bomarito/Kendall/Wittmer       SRT Viper GTS-R

Miller/Holzer/Lietz                       Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

Sweedler/Bell/Keen                      Ferrari 458 Italia

Dalla Lana/Johnson/Lamy        Aston Martin V12 Vantage

GTC (IMSA GTC Cup Challenge):

MacNeil/Bleekemolen/von Moltke        Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Cisneros/Seefried/Edwards

 Carter/Estre/de Quesada 

Ehret/Imperatori/Sandberg 

Dempsey/Lally/Foster

 Canache, Jr./Pumpelly/Wong 

 Keating/Faulkner/Stanton

Calvert-Jones/Maassen/Aschenbac 

Gomez/Farnbacher/Giermaziak 

Hedlund/Heylen/Fogarty 

 Avenatti/Davis/Faieta

Track Preview:

Sebring International Raceway:

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Surface: Asphalt/Concrete

Length: 3.74 miles (6.02 km)

Lap Record: 1:43.274 (Sebastian Bourdais, Peugoet 908 HDI FAP 2009)

Turns: 17

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