Mosport: BAM! race report

British American Motorsport (BAM!) scored their 3rd podium position in the 2005 American Le Mans Series with a third place at Mosport International Raceway's Grand Prix of Mosport, round 8 of the series. BAM! and its tire partner, Yokohama, ...

British American Motorsport (BAM!) scored their 3rd podium position in the 2005 American Le Mans Series with a third place at Mosport International Raceway's Grand Prix of Mosport, round 8 of the series.

BAM! and its tire partner, Yokohama, continued with their on going tire development program with a day of testing at the circuit on Tuesday prior to the event. Various improved compounds and constructions were tested with the results being used by the Yokohama technicians to produce an improved race tire for the future.

Mike Rockenfeller started the race in the #43 Porsche only to find that in race trim the car had a tendency to understeer more than he would have liked effectively stopping him from really challenging for the lead of the race. Mike held his position well and the team hoped the car's handling would improve as the race progressed.

Unusual for an ALMS race and especially a race at Mosport, the first stint (1hr 15mins) went by without any on track incidents and thus no yellow flag full course caution periods, leaving Mike to battle the still ill handling Porsche until the end of his stint at which point he handed over driving duties to Wolf Henzler. Wolf continued the battle for position, reporting the same handling characteristics as Mike had found in his opening stint. Due to potential fuel shortages in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the ALMS elected to shorten the race by fifteen minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes, leaving Wolf like Mike with an hour and 15 minutes to drive the ill handling car. Wolf fought hard and managed to hold on to bring the car home for a third place podium finish.

BAM!'s transporter can now at last head back to the workshop in Florida, which due to the hectic schedule since returning from Le Mans has not been possible for 3 months, and the now very tired Porsche GT3RSR can be rebuilt and ready for the next round- The Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Mike Rockenfeller , Wolf Henzler