Atlanta: Herbert and Lehto dominate

The Champion Racing team took an overdue first American Le Mans Series victory at Road Atlanta, with its Audi R8, driven by Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto, dominating the race

Atlanta: Herbert and Lehto dominate

Pole-sitter James Weaver led at the start in his LMP675 class Dyson Racing Lola-MG, although it only took five minutes for Lehto to muscle past his more powerful LMP900 Audi to take a lead he and Herbert would keep until the end of the race.

The only serious challenge to Champion Racing came from fellow privateer Audi squad Joest. Frank Biela and Marco Werner kept close enough to keep the pressure on the leaders, but not close enough to seriously challenge, eventually finishing just over 30s behind.

The Intersport Racing Lola-MG of Jon Field and Duncan Dayton came home third overall to take the LMP675 class victory, beating the more fancied Dyson Lola by just 6s.

Oliver Gavin and Kelly Collins took the GTS class victory in their Chevrolet Corvette, beating the Veloqx Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello of Tomas Enge and Peter Kox to gain some revenge for their Le Mans disappointment.

The Alex Job Racing Porsche dominated the GT class, with Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard claiming victory ahead of team-mates Sacsha Maasen and Lucas Luhr.

Herbert/Lehto Champion Racing Audi R8 LMP900 128 laps
Biela/Werner Team Joest Audi R8 LMP900 + 30.407s
Field/Dayton Intersport Lola-MG LMP675 126 laps
Leitzinger/Weaver Dyson Racing Lola-MG LMP675 126 laps
Van de Poele/Theys Doran Lista Racing Dallara-MG LMP675 125 laps
Papis/Beretta JML Team Panoz LMP900 125 laps

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