LE MANS, LIME ROCK - SAME RESULTS FROM ALMS PORSCHE GT2 TEAMS AS ALEX JOB RACING, PETERSEN/WHITE LIGHTNING AND FLYING LIZARD PORSCHE 911 GT3 RSR FINISH ONE-TWO-THREE ON JULY 4 Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, Porsche factory drivers, brought Alex...
LE MANS, LIME ROCK - SAME RESULTS FROM ALMS PORSCHE GT2 TEAMS AS ALEX
JOB RACING, PETERSEN/WHITE
LIGHTNING AND FLYING LIZARD PORSCHE 911 GT3 RSR FINISH ONE-TWO-THREE ON JULY 4
Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, Porsche factory drivers, brought Alex Job Racing its first Lime Rock victory ever as their Bernhard squeezed by the GT2 race-Leading Panoz just before the two-hour mark to score the pair's second victory of the season. The Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche of Patrick Long/Jorg Bergmeister was second, and the Flying Lizard Porsche of Johannes van Overbeek and Jon Fogarty was third.-
LIME ROCK, Conn. - July 4 - Finishing in the same order as the American Porsche GT2 entrants finished two weeks ago at Le Mans, Alex Job Racing scored its first-ever victory at Lime Rock Park as Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas piloted their #23 AJR Hyatt/mail2web.com Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to the GT2 class victory at the New England Grand Prix.
Bernhard, the defending American Le Mans Series GT2 champion, had dropped from first to fourth place at the one-hour mark as the team waited until the very end of a caution to pit, and got caught in the pits when the green flag dropped for the re-start. But Dumas fought back to third place, and then handed the car over to Bernhard, who first got by Jorg Bergmeister in the Petersen/White Lightning Porsche, and then passed the Panoz of Robin Liddell with a little more than an hour to go.
"As with our win at Mid-Ohio last month, we had to come from behind, and oil, debris on the track, and both slow and fast traffic made passing very difficult. Liddell was in the Panoz, and just as Road Atlanta, we had a good battle, but this time I got by him in the chicane. We are still 15 points behind Jorg and Patrick in the standings, but if we keep winning races, we can win the championship no matter what they do," said Bernhard, whose mother and father were here from Germany to see him race in America for the first time.
"They do not like the long flight from Europe, but the Berkshires reminded them of Germany and they really enjoyed the close racing, and especially our ictory," said Bernhard, who finished second at Le Mans in the Petersen/White Lightning Porsche. Alex Job Racing entered the BAM! Porsche at Le Mans, and won the event with Mike Rockenfeller/Marc Lieb/Leo Hindery.
Second at Lime Rock was the same #31 Petersen/White Lightning Porsche, with Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister aboard. Long started on the pole, but was caught in traffic at the start, and fell back to fifth by the end of the first lap. Then, during one of the caution periods, the pace car came out right after the leader had gone by their car, putting them a lap down to Bernhard/Dumas and ending their chance to win the event. Third was the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche of Johannes van Overbeek/Jon Fogarty, who fought back to a podium finish after being as far back as sixth during the event.
After four events, Bernhard/Bergmeister now have 71 points, while Bergmeister/Long have earned 56 points (20 points are awarded for first place, and 16 points for second). Fogarty/van Overbeek are third in the standings with 46 points.
The second Alex Job Racing Porsche, the #24 Bell Microsystems entry driven by Randy Pobst and Ian Baas, earned their best finish of the season - fourth place - while the Tim Sugden/Justin Jackson J3 Racing Porsche was fifth.
The car that Alex Job entered at Le Mans - the #43 BAM! Porsche driven at this event by Mike Rockenfeller and Wolf Henzler - was running in fourth place just before the two-hour mark when the #20 Dyson prototype lost a gear and slowed down dramatically, and the was hit by the #50 Panoz. The Dyson car was spun around, and hit Henzler, breaking the Porsche's exhaust system. The BAM! crew was able to get the car back out on the track, but they lost six laps in the pits, finishing ninth.
The #44 Flying Lizard Porsche, driven by Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman, was caught in traffic several times during the first part of the event, with Neiman being forced off the track in the first half-hour by the leading LMP1 cars. They ended up in seventh place.
The next event will be July 17 at Infineon Sears Point Raceway, in Sonoma, California, and will be telecast live by CBS Sports.