Laguna Seca: Friday testing practice notes

Kristensen leads opening practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. KRISTENSEN'S AUDI LEADS OPENING PRACTICE AT MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA MONTEREY, Calif. (September 20, 2002) - American Le Mans Series point leader Tom Kristensen led the way...

Kristensen leads opening practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

KRISTENSEN'S AUDI LEADS OPENING PRACTICE AT MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA

MONTEREY, Calif. (September 20, 2002) - American Le Mans Series point leader Tom Kristensen led the way Friday as practice got underway for Sunday's Monterey Sports Car Championships event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Kristensen, driving the Audi Sport North America Audi R8 Prototype, turned the 2.238-mile circuit in 1:15.679, just a couple of ticks faster than the other factory Audi. Kristensen and co-driver Rinaldo Capello have won three of the last four ALMS races, including two in a row. Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela share the second car, which turned a lap of 1:15.800.

The Panoz LMP-1 of David Brabham and Jan Magnussen was third-fastest in the LMP 900 class with a lap of 1:16.785.

Claudia Huertgen led the way in the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes with a lap of 1:19.584 in the KnightHawk Racing Lola EX257-MG. She will co-drive in Sunday's race with Steve Knight and Chad Block. The Pilbeam MP84-Nissan of Jeff Bucknum, Bryan Willman and Chris McMurry was second, followed by the Lola B2K40-Millington of Ben Devlin and John Lloyd.

Andy Pilgrim, driving a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, was the fastest of the day in the GTS class with a lap of 1:25.077. He will co-drive the factory-backed car with Kelly Collins. The other factory Corvette of Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell recorded the second-fastest time before a broken suspension part caused Fellows to crash in Turn 10. He was uninjured and the car was quickly repaired. The Saleen S7R of Terry Borcheller and Franz Konrad was third in class.

Lucas Luhr, driving the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS, was the leader in the GT class with a lap of 1:28.633. Luhr and co-driver Sascha Maassen have won four of the seven ALMS events this season. The second Job car co-driven by Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard was second-fastest, followed by The Racers Group Porsche of Kevin Buckler and Brian Cunningham.

More practice will be held Saturday morning, with qualifying to be held at 2 p.m. (PDT).

Sunday's two-hour, 45-minute sports car endurance race starts at 12 noon (PDT). NBC Sports will have live television coverage beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT), while the American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have live coverage online at www.americanlemans.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Jan Magnussen , Franz Konrad , Frank Biela , Ron Fellows , Andy Pilgrim , Ben Devlin , John Lloyd , Chad Block , Sascha Maassen , Kelly Collins , Lucas Luhr , Kevin Buckler , Terry Borcheller , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Steve Knight , Chris McMurry , Bryan Willman , Jeff Bucknum , Brian Cunningham , Alex Job , Emanuele Pirro
Teams Alex Job Racing