Practice: Audi one-two

Practice for the ALMS round at Laguna Seca was an Audi benefit, with the works cars ending the session in first and second places, the best part of a second quicker than their nearest rivals

Practice: Audi one-two

The in-form partnership of Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello, who have won three of the last four ALMS races, set the pace, lapping the undulating California track in 1m15.679s, just over a tenth up on the sister car of Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela.

Once again it was the number one Panoz of Jan Magnussen and David Brabham that took the fight to the silver cars, but the LMP-1's best lap was only 1m15.800s. Still, this was enough to put the American machine ahead of the privateer R8 of Johnny Herbert and fellow former F1 man Stefan Johansson.

The LMP 675 pacesetter was the KnightHawk Lola of German female racer Claudia Huertgen and team-mates Chad Block and Steve Knight. The MG-powered car was seventh fastest overall, ahead of a few of the more powerful LMP 900 cars.

Once again the GTS class pace was set by the works Chevrolet Corvette of Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins, while Lucas Lohr was the fastest GT runner in his Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3.

Tom Kristensen/Rinaldo Capello Audi R8 (LMP 900) 1m15.679s
Frank Biela.Emanuele Pirro Audi R8 (LMP 900) 1m15.800s
Jan Magnussen/David Brabham Panoz LMP-1 (LMP 900) 1m16.785s
Johnny Herbert/Stefan Johansson Audi R8 (LMP 900) 1m17.563s
JJ Lehto/Max Angelelli Cadillac Northstar LMP 02 (LMP 900) 1m17.954s
Bryan Herta/Bill Auberlen Panoz LMP-1 (LMP 900) 1m18.299s
Claudia Huertgen/Chad Bloack/Steve Knight Lola EX257-MG (LMP 675) 1m19.564s
Eric Bernard/Emmanuel Collard Cadillac Northstar LMP 02 (LMP 900) 1m19.862s
Jon Field/Rick Sutherland Lola EX257-MG (LMP 675) 1m20.390s
Clint Field/Mark Neuhaus Lola B2K10-Judd (LMP 900) 1m21.113s
Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins Chevrolet Corevette C5-R (GTS) 1m25.077s
Timo Bernhard/Jorg Bergemeister Porsche 911 GT3 RS (GT) 1m29.335s

shares
comments
Papis to race Olive Garden Ferrari

Previous article

Papis to race Olive Garden Ferrari

Next article

FIA GT qualifying: Gollin on pole

FIA GT qualifying: Gollin on pole
Load comments
The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership Plus

The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership

This weekend’s British GT finale will be a tense title showdown for some but, for those not in the championship fight, it’s a chance to end a challenging year on a high. In the latter camp is Paddock Motorsport's team owner Martin Plowman, whose 2021 season has been a rollercoaster ride of non-stop learning

The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion Plus

The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion

It has won most of the big prizes in endurance racing across its six years in service, but the BMW M6 GT3's key weaknesses meant only a devoted few teams persisted with running it. As it prepares to bow out at season's end, the teams and drivers involved in its story share the secrets of an unpopular winner

GT
Oct 7, 2021
The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever Plus

The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever

Had FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel had his way, the Maserati MC12 would never have been allowed to set foot in his series. It duly proved the class of the field that most had expected, but the Balance of Performance that its superiority spawned would keep GT1 battles tight and bring long-term benefits that sportscar racing enjoys today

GT
Sep 21, 2021
Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage Plus

Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage

The E-Type may be the most famous of all road-going Jaguars, but that didn't always translate into success on the track. After winning on its competition debut in 1961, motorsport success seemed an inevitability, but things didn’t turn out to be quite that straightforward

GT
Aug 6, 2021
Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60 Plus

Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type arrived and caused a sensation. As our resident racer Ben Anderson discovered when he got behind the wheel of two special racing versions at Brands Hatch, the thrill of driving them hasn't diminished over time

GT
Jul 31, 2021
The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat Plus

The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat

It's a significant achievement to win one 24-hour race in a year, let alone two, and with different manufacturers, but that's exactly what ROWE Racing did in 2020 at the Nurburgring and Spa. This weekend's German classic offers the DTM newcomer a chance of another unique double to add to its growing collection of accolades

GT
Jun 3, 2021
The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story Plus

The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story

The manufacturers were unconvinced – and even hostile – when Stephane Ratel launched GT3 in 2006. Now, 15 years on from its debut, they’ve sold more than 2000 cars and counting, but its continued expansion puts the increasingly globalised category at risk of losing its roots

GT
May 25, 2021
The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT Plus

The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT

With the Silver pairings that dominated 2020 now banned, Mercedes pair Yelmer Buurman and Ian Loggie could be in the box seat after winning last year's Pro-Am crown. But a swarm of Lamborghinis, with the defending outright champion among them, will ensure they face tough opposition

GT
May 21, 2021