BAM! (British American Motorsport) completed its first season with an eighth-place GT finish in the American Le Mans Series 2004 finale at Laguna Seca Raceway. The team strugged with an ill-handling car throughout the four-hour race, but scooped...
BAM! (British American Motorsport) completed its first season with an eighth-place GT finish in the American Le Mans Series 2004 finale at Laguna Seca Raceway. The team strugged with an ill-handling car throughout the four-hour race, but scooped two positions in the final seven minutes with fast teamwork.
Lucas Luhr started the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from fifth on the GT grid. He moved to third in the first few minutes of hte race and held the position through his 1h9 stint. Leo Hindery drove a solid second stint, marred only by a brief off at the entrance to the Corkscrew turn, which cost him several positions. Sascha Maassen took over at 2h8 and moved up from 11th to 10th. Luhr started his final stint at 3h18 and set a fast rain pace, bolstered by a crack pitstop that gained two positions for the eighth-place finish.
Leo Hindery, Jr.
"This was a special race, emotionally, because it's the end of a season. It really shows what teamwork can do. Up against an incredibly tough field today, we pulled off an eighth. In the last tire change, we picked up two spots just because this team has practiced together and worked together all year. It's obviously fun to race with Sascha and Lucas, but really this one was a compliment to the team, a year-long effort. We're going to do pretty well on [ALMS] points and Porsche points tonight, but they all belong to this team, they belong to none of us who have the privilege of driving this car."
"Eighth place is not really a good result. At least we finished the race and we showed that we would be competitive in the wet. But there was something wrong in the car today and we couldn't go the pace of the others in dry conditions. During my first stint, I was third, but then I lost so much time at the end of the stint. We just lost more and more time because the car wasn't right."
"We came here to have a good race. The result is almost good, but it's more important that we win tomorrow. Tomorrow is a very important day because we have a soccer game against the crew and media, and we'll kick ass there." [Luhr and Maassen will play on the driver team in the annual ALMS soccer match, set for Oct. 17 in Monterey.]
Tim Munday, BAM! owner
"We had an up-and-down year, but more ups than downs, I think. It's been pretty good. We'll plan over the next few weeks where we go from here, and hopefully we'll be back again to compete with everyone else next year."