Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr set two American Le Mans Series records as Alex Job McKenna GT Porsche wins Le Grand Prix De Trois-Rivieres In Quebec, Canada TROIS-RIVIERES, QUE., Canada -- August 3 -- German Porsche factory drivers Sascha Maassen and...
Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr set two American Le Mans Series records as Alex Job McKenna GT Porsche wins Le Grand Prix De Trois-Rivieres In Quebec, Canada
TROIS-RIVIERES, QUE., Canada -- August 3 -- German Porsche factory drivers Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr, already the most successful driving duo in American Le Mans Series history, added two more records to the ALMS history books by winning the GT contest i n their #23 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres northeast of Montreal.
Sascha Maassen, now residing in Raeren, Belgium, made it 18 ALMS class wins over the five years of the series -- an ALMS record -- and Porsche has now won 14 class victories in a row between Sebring, 2002 and the present, breaking the 13-race streak set by P orsche between 1999 and 2001. Earlier this season, Lucas Luhr tied a record set in the 1960's by Bob Holbert by winning his class at the 12 Hours of Sebring four years in a row. So far this season, Maassen/Luhr have won at Sebring, Infineon Raceway, the 2 4 Hours of Le Mans, and now at Trois-Rivieres.
Second place went to the Ferrari Modena 360 of Ralf Kelleners/Anthony Lazzaro, while third went to the #79 J3 Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS of car owner Justin Jackson and former SCCA World Challenge champion David Murry, both from Atlanta. Earlier in the wee kend, the team had to repair suspension damage after hitting the wall, but came from the ninth qualifying position to finish on the podium, their second since joining the series last year. Fourth place went to the Ferrari of Terry Borcheller/Shane Lewis.
The combination of hot weather, traffic on the tight circuit, and tire residue from three previous races earlier in the day brought all kinds of problems to the other pre-race favorites. The British-based #60 PK Sport Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Robin Liddell, w ho, along with co-driver Alex Davison, qualified third and was running fourth when the car broke a cooling hose. The car got back into the race, but suffered additional cooling problems and was forced from the contest.
The #24 Timo Bernhard/Jorg Bergmeister Alex Job Porsche was in contention in the first hour of the event, but a brush with the wall at pit entrance broke a suspension piece, and a lengthy pit stop followed. The team finished ninth in class.
The #43 Orbit Racing Porsche of Peter Baron/Marc Lieb, which was running third early in the event, suffered a multitude of problems, including a lost lap when the pace car picked them up in a bad spot, another lost lap for a speeding penalty in the pits, a nd another lap after being shunted by a prototype. On top of that, the car broke an axle. Lieb finished the last 90 minutes in fine fashion, however, and the Orbit car finished seventh in class.
The #66 The Racer's Group Porsche of Kevin Buckler/Cort Wagner was also running third when it hit the wall as well, breaking an upright and ending its journey. The other The Racer's Group cars did not fare much better, as the #67 car of Michael Schrom/Je an-Francois Dumoulin also hit the wall and broke the suspension, while the #68 team Porsche of Chris Gleason and Mark Bunting broke a radiator, but managed to finished eighth.
In fifth place, their best finish since coming over from Grand-Am racing this year, was the #33 Zip Racing Porsche of Spencer Pumpelly/Andy Lally, while "newcomer" Clayton Cunningham, who built championship Nissans in the '80s and '90s, prepared the #89 In line Cunningham Porsche of Oswaldo Negri/Scott Bader, which finished sixth in only their second race.