On the Road to Road Atlanta! Petit Le Mans the Next Stop for the ALMS Braselton GA - Audi did it again at the Rose City Grand Prix of Portland Sunday as Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello scored their third American Le Mans Series victory of...
On the Road to Road Atlanta!
Petit Le Mans the Next Stop for the ALMS
Braselton GA - Audi did it again at the Rose City Grand Prix of Portland Sunday as Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello scored their third American Le Mans Series victory of the season in the Audi R8 prototype. Audi has now won five of the eight completed races this season.
Finishing second, 57.456 seconds behind the winning Audi, was the Panoz LMP-1 Roadster of England's David Brabham and Gainesville, Ga. resident Jan Magnussen.
While Audi leads the manufacturer's points standings, the points leader for the driver's championship is Jorg Muller, who brought the BMW V12 LMR home in third place along with co-driver J.J. Lehto.
First in GTS was the Dodge Viper GTS-R of Olivier Beretta and Karl Wendlinger. The GT class honors went to Sascha Maassen and Bob Wollek in the Dick Barbour Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. The win catapulted Maassen into the GT points lead over teammate Dirk Muller.
The next stop for the American Le Mans Series is the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, September 27-30. Audi will be striving for their fifth consecutive win, but will face a challenge from the other teams who were on the podium at Portland.
Brabham and Magnussen won the Petit Le Mans last year. Based at Road Atlanta, they will have a home-track advantage as well as the desire to defend their 1999 victory.
As a strong contender, BMW also knows the 2.54-mile road course well. The team seemed to have the Petit Le Mans won last year, until Muller spun into a gravel trap just four laps from the end of the race. BMW will be anxious to earn the victory that was almost theirs just one year ago.