Mosport: Friday testing report

Weaver sets fast time as American Le Mans Series teams test for Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport. BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Canada (August 15, 2003) -- James Weaver drove the Dyson Racing Lola EX257-MG to the fastest time of the day Friday as American ...

Weaver sets fast time as American Le Mans Series teams test for Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport.

BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Canada (August 15, 2003) -- James Weaver drove the Dyson Racing Lola EX257-MG to the fastest time of the day Friday as American Le Mans Series teams began testing for Sunday's Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport at Mosport International Raceway.

There was a surprise in the GT class as the Risi Competizione Ferrari set the fastest time of the day, beating the series-leading and undefeated Alex Job Racing Porsches. Anthony Lazzaro and Ralf Kelleners drove the Risi car, a Ferrari 360 Modena that has shown steady improvement in the past several races and finished second in the most recent event.

Weaver was a part of history earlier this year when he and co-driver Butch Leitzinger won the ALMS event held at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., the first win in the series for a car from the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes. The victory was also the first in the series for Dyson Racing.

"The car is running fabulously," said Weaver, from England, whose best lap time was 1:09.471, an unofficial record for the P675 class. "It ran well when we tested here in May and it's still going. This circuit really suits us well," he said of the 2.459-mile, 10-turn Mosport circuit.

The Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 of Frank Biela and Marco Werner was second-fastest overall in Friday's unofficial testing, as well as the fastest in the LMP 900 class for larger, more powerful Prototypes, with a lap of 1:09.830. The Joest team took the overall win in the most recent ALMS event at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, two weeks ago.

The ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 of JJ Lehto and Johnny Herbert was third-fastest overall and second in LMP 900 on Friday at 1:10.174, followed by the Panoz LMP01 of JML Team Panoz and drivers Olivier Beretta and David Saelens at 1:10.806, third in P900. The other Dyson entry of Andy Wallace and Chris Dyson was second in P675 and fifth overall at 1:11.345.

Another strong Corvette vs. Ferrari battle is shaping up in the GTS class, as Oliver Gavin set the fastest time in Friday's test with a lap of 1:15.804 in the factory Chevrolet Corvette C5-R he will co-drive with Kelly Collins. The Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello of Tomas Enge and Peter Kox was second-fastest at 1:16.148, followed by the Corvette of Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell at 1:16.353. The other Prodrive Ferrari of Jan Magnussen and David Brabham was fourth at 1:16.461, followed by the Team Olive Garden Ferrari of Mimmo Schiattarella and Emanuele Naspetti at 1:18.374.

The Lazzaro-Kelleners car paced the GT class with a time of 1:20.866, barely beating the 1:20.893 posted by the Job Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen. Third-fastest in the unofficial testing session was the new Ferri Competizione Ferrari 360 Modena of Mauro Baldi and Andrea Bertolini at 1:20.981, followed by the other Job entry of Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard at 1:21.177. Rounding out the GT class was the Seikel Motorsport Porsche of David Shep and Tony Burgess at 1:21.831.

Except for some minor spins and off-track excursions, the two-hour session was incident-free. The only red flag was for a blown engine in the Intersport Lola B2K10-MG of Clint Field and George Forgeois.

Official testing and qualifying will be held Saturday, along with an autograph session featuring all ALMS drivers. The two-hour, 45-minute Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport starts at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Sunday. NBC Sports will have live television coverage beginning at 2 p.m. The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have live coverage online at www.americanlemans.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Andy Wallace , Johnny Herbert , Tomas Enge , David Brabham , Jan Magnussen , Frank Biela , James Weaver , Ralf Kelleners , Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Mauro Baldi , Anthony Lazzaro , Tony Burgess , Sascha Maassen , Kelly Collins , Oliver Gavin , Jörg Bergmeister , Peter Kox , Timo Bernhard , Marco Werner , Clint Field , Emanuele Naspetti , Mimmo Schiattarella , David Shep , Olivier Beretta , Chris Dyson , JJ Lehto
Teams Risi Competizione , Dyson Racing