Zytek, Porsche Make History

Tom Chilton and Hayanari Shimoda became the youngest pair of drivers to win a race in the American Le Mans Series after dominating the finale round at Laguna Seca

Zytek, Porsche Make History

Chilton, 20, and Shimoda, 21, dominated the race in their Zytek 04S from pole position in the four-hour race. This was also Zytek's first ALMS win.

Shimoda passed James Weaver in the No. 16 Dyson Racing Lola near the two and a half hour mark to take the lead. Shimoda beat the No. 2 Champion Racing Audi R8 of Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela, the newly crowned LMP1 drivers Champions, by more than a minute.

"We've come to America three times and two of those times, we didn't finish the race," Chilton said. "The Zytek was faultless. Other than a little problem with the pit stops, it was very good. The circuit changes from lap-to-lap here, and you have to have your wits about you. It was a pretty faultless race, and we are very happy."

The runner-up sport for Pirro and Biela meant they secured podium finishes in all 10 ALMS events this season, which brought them their first title together.

"This race has been one tenth of a wonderful Championship," Pirro said. "I am so happy we ended this season with such a great race. My target was not just to finish, but to be in the top three because a race car driver is not only quick, but reliable."

Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen drove Penske Motorsports' No. 6 Porsche RS Spyder to an LMP2 victory in its maiden ALMS race.

The race was Porsche's first for a factory-built prototype since 1998, and had started impressively by breaking the track qualifying record in LMP2. The car was only seconds from the lead after the halfway point of the race.

"Everything happened like we expected," Maassen said. "It was crowded out there, and the traffic was incredible. It wasn't very easy. I wanted to be conservative, and the pit stops were incredibly good. We almost made it to the end but needed a splash of fuel. The car was very reliable and almost perfect."

Corvette Racing's No. 4 car won its fifth straight GT1 race to wrap up the class drivers Championship for Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin, their first as a duo. They beat their No. 3 sister car of Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell by more than a lap.

Beretta joined Fellows as the only two drivers in ALMS history to win three class Championships. Beretta won titles with Team ORECA in 1999 and 2000 as the chief rival of Corvette Racing in the early days of the ALMS.

Pos Drivers Make Cl. Laps 1. Chilton Shimoda Zytek 04S P1 164 2. Biela Pirro Audi R8 P1 164 3. Dyson Wallace Lola EX257 AER P1 163 4. Werner Lehto Audi R8 P1 163 5. Maassen Luhr Porsche RS Spyder P2 163 6. Leitzinger Weaver Lola EX257 AER P1 162 7. Beretta Gavin Corvette C6-R GT1 158 8. Fellows O'Connell Corvette C6-R GT1 157 9. Kox Lamy Aston Martin DB9 GT1 156 10. Turner Brabham Aston Martin DB9 GT1 155 11. Bucknum McMurry Courage C-65 P2 155 12. Bach Cosmo Courage Mazda P2 154 13. Willman Lewis Riley & Scott MRK IIIC P1 152 14. Long Bergmeister Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 151 15. Liddell Auberlen Panoz Esperante eGTLM GT2 151 16. Rockenfeller Henzler Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 151 17. van Overbeek Fogarty Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 151 18. Dumas Bernhard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 150 19. Borcheller Mowlem Saleen S7R GT1 148 20. Sudgen Jackson Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 148 21. Franchitti Sellers Panoz Esperante eGTLM GT2 147 22. Pechnik Neiman Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 147 23. Devlin Van der Steur Lola B2K/40 AER P2) 139 24. Weickardt Rugulo Dodge Viper GT1 137 25. Petrini Fabris Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 129 26. Field Halliday Lola B05/40/AER P2 125 27. Bertolini Simone Maserati MC12 GT1 94 28. Law Baas Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 33 
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