DUMAS, BERNHARD WIN FOR PENSKE AT BELLE ISLE Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard gave Penske Motorsports and Roger Penske an eighth straight overall victory in the American Le Mans Series on Saturday in the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by...
DUMAS, BERNHARD WIN FOR PENSKE AT BELLE ISLE
Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard gave Penske Motorsports and Roger Penske an eighth straight overall victory in the American Le Mans Series on Saturday in the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch as auto racing made a triumphant return to the Motor City.
Dumas' Porsche RS Spyder passed the Audi R10 TDI of Emanuele Pirro twice with three minutes left to go as the two prototypes exchanged the lead. The win was the fourth straight overall win and sixth of the season for Dumas and Bernhard, the LMP2 championship leaders. Team owner Penske was rewarded for the transformation of Belle Isle Park under his watch.
Porsche also wrapped up the manufacturer championship in P2.
Pirro had taken the lead with 50 minutes remaining by using the R10 TDIs tremendous torque to pass three cars. Pirro and Marco Werner finished first in LMP1 for the third time this season by 12 seconds over the sister car of Dindo Capello and Allan McNish.
Like Porsche, Audi clinched the P1 manufacturer crown in the backyard of Audi Sport North America.
Second in P2 was Dyson Racing's Butch Leitzinger and Andy Wallace, who were fourth overall. The No. 16 Porsche RS Spyder finished 0.327 seconds ahead of Stefan Johansson and David Brabham in Highcroft Racing's Acura ARX.
Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen took their third GT1 victory and second straight in their No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R. The winning duo finished a lap up on teammates Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta after the two Corvettes were separated by an early safety car, which gained almost a full lap for the No. 3 Corvette.
Risi Competizione teammates Jaime Melo and Mika Salo won for the seventh time this year and third in a row in GT2. Melo in the No. 62 Ferrari F430 GT withstood a challenge from Porsche factory pilot Patrick Long after the final restart but finished 20.666 seconds ahead of the No. 44 Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
Peter Dumbreck and Dirk Muller finished third in class in Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing's Ferrari.