PORSCHE SCORES DOUBLE VICTORY IN NEW ENGLAND GRAND PRIX --RS Spyder finishes one-two in LMP2; 911 GT3 RSR takes top two spots in GT2-- LAEKVILLE, Conn. - July 1 - The Penske Porsche RS Spyder of Romain Dumas of France and Timo Bernhard of ...
PORSCHE SCORES DOUBLE VICTORY IN NEW ENGLAND GRAND PRIX
--RS Spyder finishes one-two in LMP2; 911 GT3 RSR takes top two spots in GT2--
LAEKVILLE, Conn. - July 1 - The Penske Porsche RS Spyder of Romain Dumas of France and Timo Bernhard of Germany scored a flag-to-flag LMP2 class victory - their second of the season - at the American Le Mans Series New England Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.
Dumas, who put the Porsche prototype on the overall pole, led the field through the first turn and for the first 40 minutes until relinquishing the overall lead during a yellow flag, They regained the overall lead on lap #84 during another yellow flag, but lost it back to the more powerful LMP1 Audi R8 on lap #140 when Dumas was caught up in traffic and Audi's superior torque powered it by the Porsche to finish 11.8 seconds ahead.
"Our objective is to win the LMP2 class championship, and we are very happy to collect the first place points that go with our class win," said Dumas, who noted that he and Bernhard started the season with a DNF and no points from Sebring.
"I could go faster than the Audi when I was in the lead (as evidenced by his track record race lap), and had a clear track in front of me, but in traffic and powering out of the corners, I could not match the Audi without taking unacceptable risks," he said.
Co-driver Bernhard agreed, and admitted that he would have liked to win overall as the pair did five weeks ago at Mid-Ohio.
"Of course, as a driver, you want to win first overall, but we jumped from 28 points to 48 points in LMP2, and this puts us in third place in class and back in championship contention," said Bernhard, who scored his 15th ALMS class win. Dumas now has nine ALMS class victories.
The Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr Porsche RS Spyder, who qualified second overall and second in LMP2, was running second on lap #7 when hit by a lapped car, and suffered a flat tire and nose damage, losing 21 positions and three laps during the pit stop. Maassen re- entered the race after the stop, and brought the car through heavy traffic all the way back to third place overall and second in class by the time he handed the car the Luhr. Lucas brought the car home in second place in LMP2, and now he and Sascha are within five points of the LMP2 Drivers Championship lead.