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HENZLER, PORSCHE TAKES GT2 HONORS AT LE MANS Porsche wins in class for first time since 2007 Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler won at the 24 Hours of the Le Mans for the first time Sunday, the German winning in GT2 for Team Felbermayr ...

HENZLER, PORSCHE TAKES GT2 HONORS AT LE MANS

Porsche wins in class for first time since 2007

Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler won at the 24 Hours of the Le Mans for the first time Sunday, the German winning in GT2 for Team Felbermayr Proton and its Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Henzler - who drives for Team Falken Tire with Bryan Sellers in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron - won by two laps with Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz.

Porsche won at Le Mans in GT2 for the first time since 2007. As was the case throughout the race, GT2 was a battle of attrition. The leading Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 fell out in the 10th hour, and Corvette Racing's two factory Corvette C6.Rs retired within three hours of each other.

Henzler won in his third start at Le Mans after debuting two years ago with a fifth-place finish. Lieb and Lietz drove Porsches for Flying Lizard Motorsports to start the season at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida.

Former Series champions Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas helped lead Audi's sweep of the overall podium. They drove with Mike Rockenfeller to a one-lap victory in their Audi R15 TDI over the sister car of Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler. The car set a distance record and covered 5,410 kilometers; the previous mark of 5,335.313 km was set in 1971.

It was the second win at Le Mans for Bernhard and Rockenfeller, and the first for Dumas. Neither had won overall before.

In LMP2, Highcroft Racing finished ninth in LMP2 and 25th overall in the team's Le Mans debut. The HPD ARX-01c of David Brabbham, Marino Franchitti and lost time initially to a flat tire and then a cooling issue while running second in class. Another HPD ARX-01c - the Strakka Racing entry - won in class and placed fifth overall.

"The guys at Highcroft really did an amazing job - I am very proud of them and would certainly go into battle with them any day," said team owner Duncan Dayton. "They faced a huge task in getting everything ready to run this aero package and do this style of pit stop for the first time. They are all extremely dedicated and I am eternally grateful for their efforts and very proud to come to Le Mans with them to fly the Highcroft flag."

Drayson Racing's Lola-Judd crossed the finish line sixth in LMP1 and 26th overall. The entry of Paul Drayson, Jonny Cocker and Emanuele Pirro suffered an engine vibration and variety of other issues throughout but still achieved Drayson's primary goal of finishing the race.

"I am so happy to finish Le Mans 24 Hours," said team owner Drayson. "It was an incredibly tough race, but the team fought and fought to keep going and when I saw the checkered flag I was crying and laughing and shouting at the same time I was so elated and relieved. I am very proud of my team's true grit and never say die attitude."

The next race for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron is the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix. The two-hour, 45-minute race is set for 2:05 p.m. MT on Sunday, July 11 from Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. SPEED will air the race same-day at 4 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche - a production of Radio Show Limited - as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Visit the Series' schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.

-source: alms

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Series ALMS , Le Mans
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Marcel Fassler , Timo Bernhard , Marino Franchitti , Benoit Tréluyer , Marc Lieb , Romain Dumas , Bryan Sellers , Mike Rockenfeller , Wolf Henzler , Paul Drayson , Richard Lietz , Jonny Cocker , Emanuele Pirro
Teams Corvette Racing , Strakka Racing , Team Felbermayr , Team Falken Tire