Miami: Alex Job Racing earns first ALMS team title

championship win Alex Job Racing clinched the American Le Mans Series 2002 GT team championship with a one-two finish on the streets of Miami. Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen won their sixth race of the season in the No. 23 McKenna Xybernaut ...

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Alex Job Racing clinched the American Le Mans Series 2002 GT team championship with a one-two finish on the streets of Miami. Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen won their sixth race of the season in the No. 23 McKenna Xybernaut Porsche. Their teammates Jörg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard finished second in the No. 22 Porsche.

Luhr started the No. 23 Porsche from the GT pole, with Bergmeister second in the No. 22. The team lost the class lead with early pitstops and driver changes to Maassen (23) and Bernhard (22), but Bernhard regained team honors with a move to the class lead just before the first hour of the two-hour 45-minute race. Quick work on a third pitstop put the No. 23 car ahead with Luhr at the wheel. He and Bergmeister swapped the lead twice before a caution period left Bergmeister a lap down because of the safety car's position on track.

It was Maassen's 14th ALMS win, tying him with Olivier Beretta for most series victories. With one race remaining, Luhr leads the GT driver standings by one point over Maassen. The team's strategy is for Maassen to gain a bonus point for driving the most laps at the final race, ensuring a co-championship between the drivers.

Lucas Luhr "I really enjoyed the battle with Jörg. I'm sorry for him because he was really unlucky. I was just able to pull away [from traffic] and he didn't. That's why he lost a lap - because I got a wave-by the pace car and he didn't. But we saw each other again on the last couple of laps so it was still a good race."

Sascha Maassen "I have to thank our team for great strategy, great pitstops and a great car. It was not easy to survive this race and it was not easy to do what we planned to do. I lost my championship lead, maybe this is a sad thing [he joked]. It all went to plan and the car is in one piece for Atlanta so I'm very happy."

Jörg Bergmeister "The car was good, we had no problems at all, just the traffic like always. I lost a position to Lucas then I got a big gap in traffic because one of the prototypes hit me in the back. Bad luck again."

Timo Bernhard "It's second again, like always this year. But we have Road Atlanta next week and I think we will be competitive. If we have a little bit of race luck, it will be okay."

-ajr/sp-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Olivier Beretta , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing