Champion Racing leads Road Atlanta halfway mark

Braselton, Ga. (July 29, 2003) - Champion Racing's ADT Audi R8 duo of JJ Lehto and Johnny Herbert lead the American Le Mans Series Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta at the halfway mark of the two hour, 45-minute race. Lehto took the overall lead within...

Braselton, Ga. (July 29, 2003) - Champion Racing's ADT Audi R8 duo of JJ Lehto and Johnny Herbert lead the American Le Mans Series Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta at the halfway mark of the two hour, 45-minute race. Lehto took the overall lead within six minutes from polesitter James Weaver. Lehto sat up for the pass on the front straight and took the position in turn one.

Weaver's Dyson Racing had the LMP 675 on the pole based on combined practicer times as qualifying was canceled. Weaver is now one lap down to the two LMP 900 Audis.

The Team Joest Audi R8 sits in second place, on the same lap as the leader. Frank Biela and Marco Werner are staying in touch with the lead Audi. Werner started the race second off the grid and moved around the Dyson Racing Lola before 16 minutes into the race has passed.

Weaver lost one more position to the Doran-Lista driven by Didier Theys, but by the halfway mark, Butch Leitzinger had the team back in third overall, still first in class.

Still in the hunt for overall and LMP 900 points are: JML Team Panox of Max Papis and Oliver Beretta, sister car with drivers Gunnar Jeannette and David Saelens. Intersport Racing sits ninth overall, Clint Field and Michael Durand at the wheel.

Battling it out for positions in LMP 675 include sixth overall and second in class Intersport Racing with Jon Field and Duncan Dayton sharing the duties. Third in class and in the top ten overall is Dyson Racing's No. 20 car driven by Chris Dyson and Andy Wallace.

The GTS battle between the Corvettes and Ferraris has been tight, Corvette Racing No. 4 leads at the moment, sharing driving duties are Oliver Gavin and Kelly Collins. The sister car, No. 3 with Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell sit fifth in class.

The two Prodrive Ferraris are second and third in class with Peter Kox and Tomas Enge No. 88 leading the sister car of Jerome Policand and Danica Patrick.

Team Olive Garden Ferrari with drivers Emanuele Naspetti and Domenico Schiattarella trading the duties sits in fourth for the GTS class.

Alex Job Racing's Porsches sit one-two in GT in a class full of competition. Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr has the edge over Timo Bernard and Jorg Bergmeister.

Third spot in GT class is held by The Racers Group, Kevin Buckler and Cort Wagner at the wheel of the Porsche. P.K. Sport Porsche sits fourth with driving duties shared by Robin Liddell and Alex Davison.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Andy Wallace , Johnny Herbert , Duncan Dayton , Tomas Enge , Frank Biela , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Didier Theys , Ron Fellows , Robin Liddell , Jon Field , Sascha Maassen , Kelly Collins , Lucas Luhr , Kevin Buckler , Oliver Gavin , Peter Kox , Gunnar Jeannette , Marco Werner , Clint Field , Emanuele Naspetti , Jérome Policand , Domenico Schiattarella , Alex Davison , Alex Job , Chris Dyson , Danica Patrick , JJ Lehto
Teams Dyson Racing , Alex Job Racing