Panoz continues the fight with strong Mosport finish. Panoz Motor Sports fought back to just miss out on a podium finish at round seven of the American Le Mans Series at Canada's Mosport International Raceway today. After starting from...
Panoz continues the fight with strong Mosport finish.
Panoz Motor Sports fought back to just miss out on a podium finish at round seven of the American Le Mans Series at Canada's Mosport International Raceway today.
After starting from position six and eight respectively, both cars struggled early on full tanks with David Brabham and Bill Auberlen behind the wheel.
But as the fuel load began to lighten, both Panoz LMP-01 machines improved their pace with Jan Magnussen eventually chasing down the race leaders at the end of the 2 hour, 45 minute battle - albeit 3 laps in arrears.
"The car was really tough early but as the race wore on, I was able to push really hard - much better than the last couple of days," David Brabham said.
Brabham and Magnussen's efforts were hindered by having to make two additional pit stops to solve a vibration problem and also having a full-course caution come out immediately after their initial visit to the pits for fuel.
"Since crashing both cars in the past couple of days, the whole team really had to fight back hard," Magnussen said.
"Losing that track time really hurt us. The car was fantastic at the finish, but to end up on the podium you need a car that is good all day.
"We have some more testing coming up soon, so we now have our sights set on a really strong finish to the year at Laguna Seca, Miami and Road Atlanta."
Bill Auberlen started aboard the #51 car before climbing out after 55 minutes and handing over Bryan Herta - the Californian back in the Panoz after his Minardi Formula One test the previous weekend.
The all-American duo hauled their car into the top five, improving from their 8th position in qualifying.
"It was pretty tough out there today, but it was good to get the car home and score some points," Herta said.
"I had to fight really hard at the finish to keep both Cadillac's behind me. The leading Caddy was actually a lap ahead, but I was worried about letting him go and having the other car fight for position.
"Our next race is at Laguna Seca - that is one race I am really looking forward to. I have had great success there in the past and would love to repeat that in the Panoz."
Today's race was won by Audi duo Dindo Capello and Tom Kristensen.