Joest Audi leads at Trois-Rivieres halfway mark

Trois-Rivieres (August 3, 2003) - The Team Joest Audi R8 leads the two-hour, forty-five minute race at the 1.521-mile Trois-Rivieres street circuit at the halfway mark. Marco Werner lead the field to the green flag entering the right-hand turn...

Trois-Rivieres (August 3, 2003) - The Team Joest Audi R8 leads the two-hour, forty-five minute race at the 1.521-mile Trois-Rivieres street circuit at the halfway mark. Marco Werner lead the field to the green flag entering the right-hand turn one for a clean start for today's American Le Mans Series race.

Werner never looked back, Frank Biela took over the driver duties just prior to the halfway point and during a full-course yellow. Champion Racing pitted prior to the yellow, fuel only - JJ Lehto stayed in the Audi R8, now one lap down.

"I was saving the tires," said Werner when he climb out of the car. "We had such a big lead on JJ (Lehto), it was okay to take it easy."

Butch Leitzinger held third overall, first in LMP 675 until he had to park the Dyson Racing Lola on course at turn five. JML Team Panoz No. 10 driven by Oliver Beretta took over third overall, keeping their third in the LMP 900 class.

New leader in LMP 675 was Duncan Dayton in the Intersport Racing lease Lola. The team has recovered to be here this weekend after the accident at Sears Point last weekend which destroyed their car. Duncan received an earlier penalty for contact with the No. 43 Orbit Racing Porsche. Second in 675 was Jeff Bucknum for Team Bucknum Racing.

GTS leader was Ron Fellows in the No. 3 Corvette Racing as early leader Tomas Enge in the Prodrive No. 88 had enter the pits for fuel.

The No. 23 Alex Job Racing with Sascha Maassen at the wheel was first in GT followed by Risi Competizione Ferrari's driver Ralf Kelleners.

The second Alex Job Racing Porsche lost 16 laps in pits after Timo Bernhard hit the turn ten wall and came in with right front wheel damage. A similar fate happened to the No. 80 Prodrive Ferrari with David Brabham at the wheel except his was just a light nose tap in the tire wall at turn six.

Gunnar Jeannette joins the group of those who brushed or hit the wall at turn six today. The JML Team Panoz had no damage and continued without losing a lot of ground.

Orbit Racing maintained fourth in class despite losing a lap on the first caution to the safety car, Peter Baron being hit by the No. 37 LMP 675, a full one-minute penalty for Baron entering the pits and Marc Lieb leaving; the team had a pit-speed limitator failure. Baron also had to do an extra lap when the pits opened for the second caution as he just exited turn nine. The team changed drivers at one-hour and fifteen minutes into the race.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Tomas Enge , David Brabham , Frank Biela , Butch Leitzinger , Ralf Kelleners , Ron Fellows , Sascha Maassen , Peter Baron , Gunnar Jeannette , Marco Werner , Jeff Bucknum , Marc Lieb , Alex Job , JJ Lehto
Teams Corvette Racing , Risi Competizione , Dyson Racing , Alex Job Racing