DUMAS, BERNHARD SCORE LATE WIN AT MOSPORT Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas scored another upset overall victory in the American Le Mans Series as the duo led the way for Penske Motorsports, which claimed its second straight LMP2 team championship.
DUMAS, BERNHARD SCORE LATE WIN AT MOSPORT
Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas scored another upset overall victory in the American Le Mans Series as the duo led the way for Penske Motorsports, which claimed its second straight LMP2 team championship. Bernhard took the lead with only three minutes left in his Porsche RS Spyder as Allan McNish's Audi R10 TDI became stuck in fourth gear.
McNish and Dindo Capello finished first in LMP1 for the seventh time this season and clinched the P1 team championship for Audi Sport North America. They finished 19.5 seconds behind the winning Porsche.
McNish appeared to have the race locked up late when he inherited the lead from Bernhard on the Porsche's final stop. But the first sign of a gearbox malfunction began to creep in with 10 minutes left. What had been a 22- second lead evaporated to two seconds with five minutes remaining.
Ryan Briscoe and Sascha Maassen finished third overall and second in P2 in the other Penske Porsche, followed by the second diesel-powered Audi of Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner.
Corvette Racing's Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen took their second GT1 victory of the season and first since Houston. They moved into position when Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 car made contact with Intersport Racing's prototype at the one-hour mark and went off track at Turn 3. The No. 3 crew also won the race in pitlane and parlayed that into a 57-second win over Gavin and Olivier Beretta.
O'Connell and Magnussen won at Mosport together for the first time since an overall win as part of the factory Panoz prototype program in 1999. Ron Fellows, making his final start at Mosport as part of the Corvette Racing squad, was third in class with Andy Pilgrim.
Jaime Melo and Mika Salo took advantage of their track position before the race's first caution period into a one-lap GT2 victory in their No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT. Salo was the only GT2 car not to be passed by Capello when the caution flag came out eight minutes into the race.
Risi finished 1-2 in class for the second year in a row at Mosport with Gianmaria Bruni and Eric Helary finishing second. Rahal Letterman Racing's Ralf Kelleners and Tom Milner finished third in their Porsche for their third podium finish in four races.
The next round of the American Le Mans Series is the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch from Belle Isle in Detroit. The race will begin at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 1. The race will be televised on SPEED from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET. American Le Mans Radio and IMSA's Live Timing & Scoring will be available at americanlemans.com.