Steven Kane and Humaid Al Masaood claim maiden American Le Mans win in Baltimore
|Saturday, September 3rd 2011, 22:46 GMT|
Dyson Racing's rookie duo Steven Kane and Humaid Al Masaood scored their first American Le Mans Series victory in the two-hour race around the new Baltimore street circuit.
Kane led home a Dyson Lola-Mazda one-two, with LMP1 championship leaders Guy Smith and Chris Dyson having to settle for second.
Dyson had edged away from Al Masaood in the first stint, but then lost a lot of time struggling to get the car restarted after the pitstop, allowing Kane to make a break in the second half of the race, and ultimately win with a 6.9-second cushion despite Smith's best efforts.
The Dyson cars had the fight for victory to themselves as the Muscle Milk Lola-Aston Martin of Romain Dumas and Klaus Graf had to start last following mechanical problems in practice and qualifying, then was further delayed with brake issues in the race.
A chaotic GT battle started with a three-way first-corner tangle between Falken Porsche's Wolf Henzler and the two Corvettes, which spun the #4 Corvette to the back, sent the #56 BMW down the escape road in avoidance and caused a big traffic jam in the midfield.
Dirk Werner's #55 BMW led the class at first, with Olivier Beretta's Corvette and the Falken Porsche - both of which quickly disentangled themselves from the lap one mess - right on his tail.
Beretta dropped back with an early spin, but Henzler was able to put a spectacular outside-line move on Werner to take the lead just before the half-hour mark.
The #55 BMW and #3 Corvette then jumped to the front by virtue of pitting just before a long caution period required to fix a manhole cover that had become detached.
They did not stay there long, though, as a rash move from Tommy Milner at the restart sent BMW driver Bill Auberlen spinning and earned the Corvette a penalty.
That put Henzler's team-mate Bryan Sellers back in the GT lead, where he stayed to the finish to take Falken's first dry weather win.
The #56 BMW and #4 Corvette recovered to complete the podium.
The #45 Flying Lizard Porsche and the Risi Ferrari were both put to the back after their qualifying clash. Toni Vilander and Jaime Melo got the Ferrari up to sixth, but the Porsche had a long pit visit while suspension repairs were undertaken.
Kyle Marcelli and Tomy Drissi won LMPC for Intersport in third overall, while the Black Swan Porsche of Tim Pappas and Jereon Bleekemolen went around the outside of all the chaos at the first corner, made a big break from their class rivals, and duly went on to win in GTC.
Results - 71 laps: Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap 1. P1 Al Masaood/Kane Dyson Lola-Mazda 2h01m03.170s 2. P1 Dyson/Smith Dyson Lola-Mazda + 6.961s 3. PC Marcelli/Drissi Intersport FLM + 25.760s 4. PC Lux/Julian Genoa FLM + 58.462s 5. PC Bennett/Montecalvo CORE Autosport FLM + 1m00.861s 6. GT Henzler/Sellers Falken Porsche + 1m16.935s 7. PC Jeannette/Gonzalez CORE Autosport FLM + 1m19.921s 8. GT Muller/Hand BMW + 1 lap 9. GT Gavin/Magnussen Corvette + 1 lap 10. PC Nicolosi/Boon Performance Tech FLM + 1 lap 11. GT Miller/Maassen Miller Porsche + 1 lap 12. GT Auberlen/Werner BMW + 1 lap 13. GT Melo/Vilander Risi Ferrari + 1 lap 14. GT Beretta/Milner Corvette + 1 lap 15. P1 Burgess/McMurry Autocon Lola-AER + 3 laps 16. GT Neiman/Law Flying Lizard Porsche + 3 laps 17. GT Sharp/van Overbeek Extreme Speed Ferrari + 3 laps 18. GT Brown/Cosmo Extreme Speed Ferrari + 3 laps 19. GTC Pappas/Bleekemolen Black Swan Porsche + 4 laps 20. GTC Sweedler/Keen Alex Job Porsche + 4 laps 21. GTC Potter/Stanton Magnus Porsche + 4 laps 22. GTC LeSaffre/Davis Green Hornet Porsche + 4 laps 23. GTC von Moltke/Bunting TRG Porsche + 4 laps 24. GTC Ende/Pumpelly TRG Porsche + 4 laps 25. P1 Dumas/Graf Muscle Milk Lola-Aston + 7 laps 26. GT Bergmeister/Long Flying Lizard Porsche + 15 laps Retirements: PC Ducote/Ducote Intersport FLM 52 laps PC Dobson/Lewis PR1 Mathiasen FLM 14 laps GT Jones/Moran RSR Jaguar 1 lap GT Junqueira/Wilden RSR Jaguar 0 laps