Trois-Rivieres: Panoz Motor Sports preview

Panoz ready to continue street racing success in Canada. Fresh from its success in Washington D.C., Panoz Motor Sports is again targeting victory on the streets as the American Le Mans Series heads to Trois Rivieres in Canada this weekend. The...

Panoz ready to continue street racing success in Canada.

Fresh from its success in Washington D.C., Panoz Motor Sports is again targeting victory on the streets as the American Le Mans Series heads to Trois Rivieres in Canada this weekend.

The oldest street race in North America, the Trois Rivieres race will present different challenges to that faced by the team in Washington.

Held on actual city streets in the French-speaking town in the Canadian province of Quebec, the Trois Rivieres race will be an ideal opportunity for thePanoz team to improve their win ratio which has earned them four victories out of the past 10 ALMS races.

"Our car went exceptionally well in Washington and I expect we will be strong at Trois Rivieres as well," Panoz driver, David Brabham said.

"However, unlike Washington, the circuit here will not be as smooth and we will have to cope with the crown in the road which is normally used by everyday traffic.

"This is a true street circuit and will present new challenges for the engineers to get the car to work well over the bumps. The lay-out of the circuit should suit our Elan V8, but we expect Audi to come out fighting again this week.

"Traffic will also be an issue, particularly coming through the famous arch which is the narrowest part of the track.

"It is certainly going to be a very exciting event. I visited Trois Rivieres earlier this year, but haven't been to the race before. It is a very famous event and I am sure the atmosphere of the weekend is really going to add to our championship."

Brabham will team up with usual partner Jan Magnussen aboard the #50 Panoz LMP-01 Evo, while American's Bryan Herta and Bill Auberlen will be behind the wheel of the #51 car.

Herta and Auberlen will be hoping for a change of fortunes after an electrical gremlin in the controls on the steering wheel delayed their progress in Washington D.C.

The action-packed Trois Rivieres weekend will feature the American Le Mans Series along with Trans-Am, Formula Atlantic and the Speed World Challenge.

The ALMS cars will practice and qualify on Friday with Saturday's 3 hour race - 15 minutes longer than the standard ALMS sprint format - kicking off at 2.45pm.

Round six of the American Le Mans Series championship will be broadcast live on Speed Channel across the U.S..

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Jan Magnussen , Bryan Herta , Bill Auberlen