Leitzinger, Weaver Take Mosport

Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver's Dyson Racing Lola won the latest round of the American Le Mans series at Mosport

Leitzinger, Weaver Take Mosport

A brave pit decision by team owner Rob Dyson meant the team took their second victory of the season by 3.625 seconds over the Champion Racing Audi R8 of JJ Lehto and Marco Werner.

At the Lola's final pitstop, Dyson chose not to change tyres and just refuel, allowing Leitzinger to stay ahead of JJ Lehto. Leitzinger then managed to hold off the former Formula One driver to the flag.

But it had looked worse earlier in the race for the eventual winners. Approaching the end of the first hour, Weaver locked horns with Werner when the pair were lapping a slower GT2 car into the Esses. The two cars came together, with Werner pushed towards the pitlane and Weaver going off track into the outside tyre barrier.

The Lola was not severely damaged in the accident and was able to claim back the 30 seconds it had lost to the Champion car when Werner's co-driver JJ Lehto made an unexpected pitstop after sensing a vibration.

Weaver was full of praise for teammate Leitzinger: "It was pretty obvious that as soon as he got in the car, he was going to dig us out of the hole. I was going to make that pass on the outside, but the Panoz went wide. As I went into the corner, I was hot, and thought he was going to go into pit lane but he came back. I thought that was the end of that. But Butch dug us out."

The second Champion Racing Audi of Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro finished third to maintain their lead in the LMP1 drivers championship.

Result of American Le Mans Series, Mosport, Canada:

Pos  Drivers                   Make                   Class   Laps
 1.  Weaver/Leitzinger         Lola EX257 AER         P1      127
 2.  Werner/Lehto              Audi R8                P1      127
 3.  Pirro/Biela               Audi R8                P1      126
 4.  Dyson/Wallace             Lola EX257 AER         P1      125
 5.  Halliday/Field            Lola B05/40/AER        P2      120
 6.  Beretta/Gavin             Corvette C6-R          GT1     119
 7.  Fellows/O'Connell         Corvette C6-R          GT1     119
 8.  Borcheller/Mowlem         Saleen S7R             GT1     119
 9.  Bertolini/de Simone       Maserati MC12          GT1     118
10.  Bucknum/McMurry           Courage C-65           P2      117
11.  Bach/Cosmo                Courage Mazda          P2      113
12.  Weickardt/Rugulo/Belloc   Dodge Viper            GT1     112
13.  Bergmeister/Long          Porsche 911 GT3 RSR    GT2     110
14.  Law/Baas, Noblesville     Porsche 911 GT3 RSR    GT2     110
15.  Rockenfeller/Henzler      Porsche 911 GT3 RSR    GT2     109
16.  Neiman/Pechnik/Murry      Porsche 911 GT3 RSR    GT2     109
17.  Jackson/Sudgen            Porsche 911 GT3 RSR    GT2     108
18.  Dumas/Bernhard            Porsche 911 GT3 RSR    GT2     108
19.  Franchitti/Sellers        Panoz Esperante eGTLM  GT2     107
20.  Liddell/Auberlen          Panoz Esperante eGTLM  GT2      91
21.  van Overbeek/Fogarty      Porsche 911 GT3 RSR    GT2      68
22.  Devlin/Van der Steur      Lola B2K/40 AER        P2       26
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