British American Motorsport (BAM!) returned from its triumphant GT2 class victory at The 24 Hours of Le Mans in Le Mans, France and immediately headed to Lime Rock Park, CT for round four of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Nothing will ever compare with the Le Mans and the victory there, but the Team went into Lime Rock very optimistic.
BAM!'s driver line up for this event saw Wolf Henzler of Germany joining the Team's #1 driver, Mike Rockenfeller, in a bid to win a podium and further advance the on-going development of the Yokohama ADVAN tires, which the Team used to such great effect at Le Mans.
Following two days of sanctioned practice sessions and the combined GT1/GT2 qualifying session, the BAM!- Yokohama Team found itself only three-tenths of a second off the pole position in 4th place in class on the grid and only one hundredth of a second from the second-place car of Alex Job Racing (with which BAM! teamed up with for The 24 Hours of Le Mans).
The race start saw Mike Rockenfeller move swiftly up to second place behind the pole sitting #31 Porsche driven by Patrick Long. After several laps of intense battle at the front of the GT2 field Rockenfeller reported the handling of the #43 BAM Porsche was not to his liking and subsequently dropped back to 4th place, which he maintained until the scheduled pit stop for the car when he exchanged driving duties with Henzler and the car was refueled and fitted with a new set of Yokohama ADVAN tires.
Henzler made good progress moving through the field, and was in 3rd place ahead of the #51 Panoz when an accident between the #50 Panoz and the #20 Dyson Lola directly ahead of Henzler caused a chain reaction that led to the #2 Champion Audi running into the back of the BAM! Porsche. The damage required a visit to the pits and the replacement of the right side exhaust system, rear floor and bumper. With repairs taking the Team 18 minutes to complete, the race was lost. Henzler finished the race setting some of the quickest times of the day, but nonetheless BAM! finished 9th in the GT2 class, a far cry from the class win at Le Mans just two weeks earlier..
The BAM! Team is now looking forward to ALMS round five, the Infineon Technologies Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.