Road Atlanta: Wednesday test day report

Lehto Sets Fast Time as American Le Mans Cars Open Petit Le Mans Testing Braselton, GA - New American Le Mans Series champion JJ Lehto set the fastest time of the day Wednesday as testing got underway for Saturday's Chevy presents Petit Le Mans...

Lehto Sets Fast Time as American Le Mans Cars Open Petit Le Mans Testing

Braselton, GA - New American Le Mans Series champion JJ Lehto set the fastest time of the day Wednesday as testing got underway for Saturday's Chevy presents Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

Lehto, driving the ADT Champion Racing Audi R8, turned a lap of 1:12.919, averaging 125.399 mph around the 2.54-mile, 12-turn Road Atlanta circuit to lead the field overall as well as the LMP1 class.

Lehto and co-driver Marco Werner have scored overall wins in five of the seven ALMS races held this season and clinched the LMP1 driving championship with their win in the most recent race at Road America.

Official practice starts Thursday, with qualifying to be held on Friday. Saturday's race, which starts at 12 noon (Eastern), will be for 1,000 miles or 10 hours, whichever comes first.

The Dyson Racing Lola B01/60-AER of James Weaver, Butch Leitzinger and Andy Wallace was second-fastest Wednesday at 1:13.185, followed by the other Dyson team entry of Chris Dyson and Jan Lammers at 1:13.733.

Leading the GTS class in Wednesday's test was the Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R of Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Jan Magnussen at 1:19.100, ahead of the 1:19.707 turned by the other factory Corvette of Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell and Max Papis.

The ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R of Terry Borcheller, Johnny Mowlem and Joao Barbosa was third in the GTS class at 1:19.910.

Leading the LMP2 class was the Miracle Motorsports Courage C65-AER of Ian James, James Gue and John Macaluso at 1:19.784, followed by the Miracle/Team Bucknum Racing Lola B2K/40-AER of Chris McMurry, Bryan Willman and Jeff Bucknum at 1:23.680. Third in class was the Intersport Racing Lola B2K/40-Judd of Clint Field, Robin Liddell and Milka Duno at 1:24.552.

Fastest in the GT class in the two-hour session was the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Wolf Henzler at 1:23.500. The Job team repaired the car after it was damaged in a crash during private testing at the track on Sunday.

The BAM! Porsche of Lucas Luhr, Leo Hindery and Adam Jones was second at 1:23.893, followed by the other Job Porsche of Timo Bernhard, Jorg Bergmeister and Sascha Maassen at 1:24.119.

EVENT INFORMATION

Chevy presents Petit Le Mans will get the green flag at 12 noon (Eastern) on Saturday, September 25. The race will cover 1,000 miles, or 10 hours, whichever comes first on the 2.54-mile, 12-turn Road Atlanta circuit. Qualifying will be held on Friday, Sept. 24, along with an ALMS Fan Forum and an open paddock autograph session featuring all ALMS drivers. ALMS cars will also practice on Wednesday and Thursday of race week.

The race will be televised live in North America by the SPEED Channel and in Europe by MotorsTV. American Le Mans Series Radio will have live coverage of qualifying and the race that can be heard online at www.americanlemans.com.

Ticket information for the event is available online at www.americanlemans.com or by calling the Road Atlanta ticket office at (800) 849-RACE.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Andy Wallace , Milka Duno , Jan Lammers , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Max Papis , Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Robin Liddell , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Leo Hindery , Terry Borcheller , Oliver Gavin , Timo Bernhard , John Macaluso , James Gue , Joao Barbosa , Marco Werner , Clint Field , Chris McMurry , Jeff Bucknum , Johnny Mowlem , Marc Lieb , Romain Dumas , Olivier Beretta , Wolf Henzler , Adam Jones , Alex Job , Chris Dyson , JJ Lehto
Teams Corvette Racing , Dyson Racing , Alex Job Racing