Washington DC: Lola Cars race notes

Fields of joy at Washington. Jon and Clint Field take victory in 675 class. Jon and Clint Field took a convincing eight-lap victory in the LMP675 class at the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series in Washington DC, driving their ...

Fields of joy at Washington.
Jon and Clint Field take victory in 675 class.

Jon and Clint Field took a convincing eight-lap victory in the LMP675 class at the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series in Washington DC, driving their Intersport-prepared MG LolaEX257.

It was the first time that the 1.6-mile street circuit, built in the former car park for the RFK Stadium in America's capital city, had been used for a motor racing event, and the first time that the MG Lola EX257 had ever raced on such a course. 

In hot and humid conditions, the father and son driver pair took a well-earned victory after the team had worked late into Saturday night to repair theleft front of the car following a qualifying accident. "We found a fabricator and the guys were out there until midnight putting the car back together," said Jon. "It worked well. We were having brake problems and had to be cautious using the brakes."

For his son, Clint, the race marked his first ever win in the ALMS. "It was an awesome race, especially to win with my dad," he said. "The brakes would get very hot, so you would have to let them cool off for afew laps. I just tried to look in my mirrors, look for the leaders and keep out of the way! Brakes are always a problem on a street course, and our car was designed for Le Mans."

The Archangel Motorsports Millington-powered Lola B2K/40 finished third in class, Ben Devlin and Will Langhorne having overcome an electrical problem that blighted their race while the second MG Lola EX257 of KnightHawk Racing retired after Chad Block spun the car and was unable tore-start it. 

The second Intersport Lola, and LMP900-class, Judd-powered B2K/10 of Andy Lally and Milka Duno, was heavily delayed with a stuck throttle though they re-joined to take eighth in class, 25th position overall.

Jan Magnussen and David Brabham scored their second overall win of the season in their Panoz during one of the closest races in ALMS history. Brabham spent much of the second hour ofthe race defending his lead from two Audis, and when Magnussen took over at the final round of stops, the Dane re-joined in third before carving his way to the front to take the win.

Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello were second for Audi, less than a second behind the Panoz, Kristensen extending his championship lead, while defending champion Emanuele Pirro was third, little more than three seconds adrift in the second Audi that he shared with Frank Biela.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Milka Duno , David Brabham , Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Jan Magnussen , Frank Biela , Ben Devlin , Chad Block , Andy Lally , Clint Field , Will Langhorne , Emanuele Pirro