Pickett HPD duo Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr win again in American Le Mans Series at Mosport Park
|Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 19:12 GMT|
Pickett Racing claimed a fourth straight victory in the American Le Mans Series as Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr commanded the Mosport Park round in their HPD.
Bar a penalty for having too many personnel over the wall at a pitstop, it was plain sailing for the Pickett team, with Luhr and Graf winning by 10 seconds over Chris Dyson and Guy Smith's Dyson Lola-Mazda.
Conquest celebrated its first victory in LMP2. Martin Plowman and David Heinemeier Hansson's race-long tussle with Level 5 duo Christophe Bouchut and Scott Tucker was finally resolved in the Morgan-Nissan's favour when Bouchut got a late penalty for crossing the pit exit blend line.
The closest finish came in the GT category, where the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche went into the final laps with the #3 Corvette and the #01 Extreme Speed Ferrari all over its tail.
As Corvette driver Jan Magnussen tried to challenge Jorg Bergmeister for the class lead on the last lap, Johannes van Overbeek slipped the Ferrari between them, giving Bergmeister enough breathing space to clinch what appeared to be a second straight victory for himself and Flying Lizard team-mate Patrick Long. That was then taken away when the Porsche failed the post-race stall test. Flying Lizard has appealed, but for now, van Overbeek and Scott Sharp have secured a first win for ESM.
Magnussen and co-driver Antonio Garcia's second place still moved them into the points lead because their team-mates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner lost time with transmission problems and failed to score.
Like LMP2, the LMPC class produced a first-time winner, as RSR's Bruno Junqueira and Tomy Drissi came home ahead of the CORE Autosport cars. Merchant Services lost the lead late on when Kyle Marcelli crashed in traffic.
GTC featured late drama too. Michael Valiante and Chris Cumming's JDX Porsche ran into trouble in the final minutes, and it was TRG duo Spencer Pumpelly and Emilio di Guida who came through to win.
Results - 117 laps: Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap 1. P1 Luhr/Graf Pickett HPD 2h46m02.897s 2. P1 Dyson/Smith Dyson Lola-Mazda + 10.695s 3. P2 Plowman/Heinemeier Hansson Conquest Morgan-Nissan + 35.075s 4. P2 Tucker/Bouchut Level 5 HPD + 54.788s 5. P1 Burgess/Lux Dyson Lola-Mazda + 2 laps 6. PC Junqueira/Drissi RSR FLM + 2 laps 7. PC Bennett/Braun CORE FLM + 3 laps 8. PC Popow/Dalziel CORE FLM + 4 laps 9. PC Richard/Ende Dempsey FLM + 5 laps 10. GT Sharp/van Overbeek Extreme Speed Ferrari + 5 laps 11. GT Magnussen/Garcia Corvette + 5 laps 12. GT Hand/Muller RLL BMW + 6 laps 13. GT Henzler/Sellers Falken Porsche + 6 laps 14. GT Miller/Maassen Miller Porsche + 7 laps 15. GT Neiman/Lally Flying Lizard Porsche + 7 laps 16. GT Muller/Auberlen RLL BMW + 7 laps 17. GT Sweedler/Bell Alex Job Lotus + 7 laps 18. GT Brown/Cosmo Extreme Speed Ferrari + 8 laps 19. GTC Di Guida/Pumpelly TRG Porsche + 13 laps 20. GTC MacNeil/Keen Alex Job Porsche + 13 laps Retirements: GTC Cumming/Valiante JDX Porsche 98 laps PC Marcelli/Downs Merchant FLM 97 laps GT Gavin/Milner Corvette 91 laps* PC Franchitti/Dobson PR1/Mathiasen FLM 26 laps GTC LeSaffre/Faulkner Green Hornet Porsche 23 laps GT Bergmeister/Long Flying Lizard Porsche DSQ * Running again at end