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.
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.
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.
On the official ALMS website you can watch the 61st Sebring 12 hour, the season opener of the American Le Mans series presented by Tequila Patron.
It’s gonna be one hell of a race and the last time were the LMP1 prototypes are driving in Sebring.
So check it out and enjoy the race!!!!
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)
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 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.
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.
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:
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
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
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
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
Length: 3.74 miles (6.02 km)
Lap Record: 1:43.274 (Sebastian Bourdais, Peugoet 908 HDI FAP 2009)
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