JML Team Panoz take two podium spots despite late crash. The home town hero climbed the podium, the young gun earned his first ALMS trophy and the Euro stars clinched a podium position despite finishing with a battered car in the sand-trap - the...
JML Team Panoz take two podium spots despite late crash.
The home town hero climbed the podium, the young gun earned his first ALMS trophy and the Euro stars clinched a podium position despite finishing with a battered car in the sand-trap - the Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport was certainly full of action for JML Team Panoz today.
The Georgia-based team recorded its best result of the year by getting both cars on the LMP900 podium with local Canadian Scott Maxwell and young star Gunnar Jeannette taking third outright and second in class, while Olivier Beretta and David Saelens took third spot on the LMP900 podium despite late race dramas.
Saelens had kept the #10 car on lead lap for the first 100 minutes in third outright before handing over to Olivier Beretta.
Beretta set chase on the lead Audis and inherited 2nd spot when the Champion Audi of JJ Lehto and Johnny Herbert was delayed with suspension problems with only 15 minutes remaining.
The team elected to make a late splash for fuel but Beretta ran off the circuit on the out lap after picking up track debris on his tires.
Despite heavy damage, the two-time ALMS GTS champ got the car back to the pits where the Panoz crew removed damaged bodywork and sent the car back out. Unfortunately, the car suffered a suspension failure only a few minutes later - finishing in the sand trap at Moss Corner.
Meanwhile, Scott Maxwell set chase on the Chris Dyson/Andy Wallace MG Lola for 2nd place, but had to settle for third by the race finish.
The result was a fitting effort for the local Toronto resident who put in a faultless performance along with Jeannette who excelled during his first visit to the Mosport track.
Despite not greeting the checkered flag, Beretta and Saelens were still on the LMP900 podium after completing the third largest number of laps in their class in a race of attrition at the former home of the Canadian Grand Prix.
The JML Team Panoz squad will now face a quick repair schedule to return the #10 Panoz LMP-01 to the track in time for next week's sixth round of the championship at Road America.