Braselton, Ga. (June 29, 2003) - JJ Lehto and Johnny Herbert bring home the Champion Racing Audi R8's first team win in the American Le Mans Series. The privateer team has tasted the possible victory and finally got it today at the Chevy Grand...
Braselton, Ga. (June 29, 2003) - JJ Lehto and Johnny Herbert bring home the Champion Racing Audi R8's first team win in the American Le Mans Series. The privateer team has tasted the possible victory and finally got it today at the Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta.
"The win means alot to the team," Herbert said on the first win. "We have been working so hard for this, it is ADT's and Michelin's dream come true."
Today's win for Herbert was his 2nd ALMS career win and Lehto's 11th career win and 7th overall.
"The car was great," stated Herbert about today's drive. "Passing cars here was nice and clean."
Lehto put the team in first place in the opening laps of the race and were chased by Team Joest Audi R8, Dyson Racing and Doran-Lista before opening up a comfortable lead.
"We knew the car was perfect, had a very strong beginning" Lehto commented on his early laps. "No problems at all with the car - just traffic, sometimes hard to get by the GT cars."
Second today went to Frank Biela and Marco Werner in the Team Joest Audi. Final podium spot for the LMP 900 class was Doran-Lista drivers Didier Theys and Eric van de Poole.
LMP 675 winners Jon Field and Duncan Dayton finished third overall. Intersport Racing team took the 675 lead away from James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger Dyson Racing's No. 16 stalled in pits, losing valuable time.
Field now has four career wins and Dayton three for the ALMS series. Dayton commented about the car today, "Sweet poetry in motion."
"I will be driving with Jon (Fields) for the rest of the season," continued Dayton. "During the race, we had good luck."
The No. 20 Dyson Racing held the lead trading off with Field/Dayton. Andy Wallace and Chris Dyson had a good competitive battle going until Dyson had to pit to check engine misfire. The team finished third in class.
Weaver/Leitzinger made up some ground and took the second spot on the podium when time ran out.
Corvette Racing gave GM Racing an anniversary present for the 50 years of the Corvette. Oliver Gavin and Kelly Collins came home the winner in the GTS class. Gavin notched his 4th career win and Collins his sixth.
"Car was fantastic today," Collins stated. "It was a fantastic race, new teammates so good to win the first one together."
The win was not an easy one as the Ferrari teams were breathing down their tailpipe as well as their team car No. 3 after Collins took the lead in the early minutes.
Gavin added, "We pushed as hard as we could, everything fell into place. Tried to keep cool so had AC blown into helmet. We added a drinking system into the car which worked great." Gavin's comments referred to the muggy heat present today after past rain showers.
Tomas Enge and Peter Kox brought the Prodrive Ferrari home in second followed by Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell in the No. 'Vette.
Alex Job Racing continued their winning ways after the Le Mans victory. Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister both got their second ALMS career win today in the GT class.
"I am very happy," Bernhard said. "Had some technical problems last year, we are more experienced this year."
Bergmeister expressed the same thoughts on the 2002 season, "A lot of bad luck last year, really good we can show we can do it again. The team did a very good job."
Team car with Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen sharing the drive today came home for second. Kevin Buckler and Cort Wagner took the final spot for The Racers Group Porsche team.