Maassen/Luhr head towards co-ALMS GT Champions as pair take Laguna event; Porsches turn back challenge of new Risi Ferrari. MONTEREY, Calif. - September 22 - After falling behind their teammates with less than an hour to go, the ...
Maassen/Luhr head towards co-ALMS GT Champions as pair take Laguna event; Porsches turn back challenge of new Risi Ferrari.
MONTEREY, Calif. - September 22 - After falling behind their teammates with less than an hour to go, the #23 Alex Job Racing McKenna Xybernaut Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr scored their fifth win of the season today at the Laguna Seca Sports Car Championships at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway.
The #22 Alex Job Racing Porsche with Timo Bernhard at the helm had taken the lead after the last round of fuel stops, and was turning faster laps than the #23 car when the shift linkage broke, forcing the car to stop on the course. By the time Timo could force it into gear and limp into the pits, Sascha had put three laps on his teammate. The Alex Job Racing crew fixed the problem and got Timo back on the track, earning him and co-driver Jorg Bergmeister a seventh-place finish and important championship p oints.
The #35 Risi Ferrari, driven by Ralf Kelleners and Anthony Lazzaro, was in the top three in GT all day, and provided stiff competition by finishing second. Third was the #66 The Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Kevin Buckler/Brian Cunningham, who overc ame a slow start to finish on the podium.
The 26 points scored by each of the winning Alex Job Racing drivers (Luhr receives 25 for first place and one for the pole, and Maassen earns 25 plus one for most time in the car) puts them in perfect position to put the championship out of reach at the n ext event in Miami. Maassen now has 189 points, Luhr 188, Kevin Buckler 153, Bernhard 153, and Bergmesiter 150.
Other GT finishers included the #67 The Racer's Group Porsche of Michael Schrom/Vic Rice (fourth); the #43 Orbit Racing Porsche of Leo Hindery/Peter Baron (fifth); #52 Seikel Motorsport Porsche of Tony Burgess/Andrew Bagnall/Hugh Plumb (sixth); #22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Timo Bernhard/Jorg Bergmeister (seventh); #83 Porsche 911 GT3 R of David Standridge/Richard Steranko/Lers Giersing (eighth), and the #79 Justin Jackson Racing Porsche of Justin Jackson/Mike Fitzgerald (ninth).
Fitzgerald was challenging for fifth place about halfway through the event when a suspension part broke, sidelining that effort.
The official Porsche web site - www.porsche.com - has information on the Laguna event for all the Porsches entered, as well as stories and photos from the race.
ALMS GT Results - Laguna Seca
1. #23, Sascha Maassen, Germany; Lucas Luhr, Germany; Alex Job Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 100 laps
2 #35, Anthony Lazzaro, Atlanta; Ralf Kelleners, Germany, Risi Ferrari 360 Modena, 99 laps
3 #66. Kevin Buckler, Novato, CA; Brian Cunningham, Ashland, KY; The Racer's Group, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 99 laps
4. #67, Michael Schrom, Ghent, NY; Vic Rice, San Rafael, CA, The Racers Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 97 laps
5. #43, Leo Hindery, Hillsborough, CA; Peter Baron, San Mateo, CA; Orbit, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 96 laps
6. #52, Hugh Plumb, Chadd Fords, PA; Tony Burgess, Toronto, ONT; Andrew Bagnall, New Zealand, Seikel Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 96 laps
7. #22, Timo Bernhard, Germany; Jorg Bergmeister, Germany; Alex Job Racing; Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 96 laps
8. #83, David Standridge, Los Angeles, CA; Richard Steranka, Los Gatos, CA; Lars Giersing, Novato, CA; 96 laps
9. #79, Justin Jackson, Buford, GA; Mike Fitzgerald, Phoenix; J3 Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 76 laps