Laguna Seca: Michelin race report

Michelin's Monterey Mastery continues Audi, Ferrari and Porsche win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, Calif. - Frank Biela and Marco Werner kept Michelin's perfect overall win record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in tact by winning today's...

Michelin's Monterey Mastery continues Audi, Ferrari and Porsche win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Monterey, Calif. - Frank Biela and Marco Werner kept Michelin's perfect overall win record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in tact by winning today's American Le Mans Series race in an Audi R8. The win was the fifth consecutive for Michelin and the fourth for Audi at the northern California track.

The winners finished one-minute, 22 seconds ahead of Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver in a Goodyear-shod Lola. David Saelens and Olivier Beretta finished third in a Michelin-equipped Panoz LMP01.

Laguna Seca ALMS winners 1999 BMW V12 LMR J.J. Lehto and Steve Soper Michelin 2000 Audi R8 Rinaldo Capello and Allan McNish Michelin 2001 Audi R8 Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro Michelin 2002 Audi R8 Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela Michelin 2003 Audi R8 Frank Biela and Marco Werner Michelin

Ferrari Wins GTS Category In the GTS category, the Michelin-shod Ferrari 550 Maranello of Tomas Enge took the lead on the first lap; he and co-driver Peter Kox exchanged the lead twice mid-race with teammates Jan Magnussen and David Brabham before going on to score the victory, the second consecutive win for the Prodrive Ferrari team in 2003. Magnussen and Brabham finished second ahead of the Goodyear-shod Corvette of Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell. Prodrive Ferrari won last year's Laguna Seca event as well.

Porsche Wins Again in GT; Luhr and Maassen Clinch Championship The Michelin-fitted Porsche GT3 RS driven by Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen scored their fourth win of the season and clinched the GT Driver's Championship. The all-Michelin podium was rounded out with Ralf Kelleners and Anthony Lazzaro in a Ferrari 360 Modena and Johnny Mowlem and Craig Stanton in a White Lightning/Peterson Porsche.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Saelens , Tomas Enge , David Brabham , Rinaldo Capello , Allan McNish , J.J. Lehto , Frank Biela , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Johnny O'Connell , Anthony Lazzaro , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Peter Kox , Marco Werner , Johnny Mowlem , Craig Stanton , Steve Soper , Emanuele Pirro