MID-OHIO ALMS YIELDS TWO MORE PODIUMS FOR PIRELLI Panoz and Aston Martin Teams Take Silver and Bronze LEXINGTON, Ohio, May 21, 2006 -- The podium finishes keep on coming. Following on the heels of a third-place finish in...
MID-OHIO ALMS YIELDS TWO MORE PODIUMS FOR PIRELLI
Panoz and Aston Martin Teams Take Silver and Bronze
LEXINGTON, Ohio, May 21, 2006 -- The podium finishes keep on coming. Following on the heels of a third-place finish in the inaugural Lone Start Grand Prix in Houston last week, the Aston Martin Racing DBR9s of Tomas Enge and Darren Turner in the #007 and Pedro Lamy and Stephane Sarrazin in the #009 once again battled the factory Corvettes at Mid-Ohio.
Enge had the GT1 pole, but the #4 Corvette passed the #007 car in traffic early in the race. Both Astons ran very competitively all race long, but the combination of differently timed pit stops compared to the Vettes and "traffic problems" gave the Vettes the edge and the two Astons finished three, four in GT1. Interestingly, the Aston Martins had faster Best Laps during the race than the Corvettes and the drivers credited the consistency of their Pirelli tires for their ability to stay close to the twin factory Corvettes.
In GT2 Gunnar Jeannette and Tom Milner in the #51 Multimatic Panoz Esperante spent most of their race laps chasing electrical gremlins, including a stop in the pits to "reflash the ECU," instead of the Porsches, Ferraris and BMWs they were competing against. Teammates David Brabham and Scott Maxwell in the #50 Panoz Esperante scored a well deserved second in GT2, but their fuel window resulted in a pit stop just as a full-course yellow changed to green, costing them a lap to the class-winning Porsche.
The ALMS takes a hiatus in North America until July 1st for the New England Grand Prix at Lime Rock, Connecticut as the American teams prepare for the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans. For Pirelli, which supports GT racing around the world, development and testing will be ongoing in Europe and then jump back to North America as the ALMS returns for Lime Rock.
Both the Aston Martin and Panoz teams have proven themselves faster and more competitive at Sebring, Houston and at Mid-Ohio. And with Pirelli's support and continued development and testing program, you can expect the competition in GT1 and GT2 to be even hotter and heavier for the rest of the ALMS season.