Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr take commanding ALMS lead with Porsche's 25th win; Porsches' take first six GT spots in inaugeral D.C. Grand Prix. WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 21- The ...
Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr take commanding ALMS lead with Porsche's 25th win; Porsches' take first six GT spots in inaugeral D.C. Grand Prix.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 21- The #23 Alex Job Racing Xybernaut McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS notched its third GT win of the season by scoring a well-earned victory in front of a weekend crowd of 70,000 people at the first-ever Cadillac Grand Prix of Washingto n, D.C.
Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr, who are one-two in championship points after five events, took the lead at the halfway point of the race and held off a hard-charging #66 The Racer's Group Porsche to move comfortably ahead of their rivals in the year-end poi nts chase. It was Porsche's 25th ALMS win (Audi is second with 19 wins).
Although Maassen had earned the pole position, this victory was not assured by any means as the #22 Alex Job Racing Porsche of Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister jumped into the lead at the start when Sascha had early transmissions woes.
The #66 The Racer's Group Porsche of Kevin Buckler/Brian Cunningham took the lead during yellow flag pit stops. It was then that Cunningham and Luhr started their battle for the race win.
The two rival Porsche teams ran nose-to-tail for more than 15 minutes until Cunningham locked up the brakes in the final turn before the front straight, and Luhr got by him and held on for the victory. Bergmeister/Bernhard finished third, and Schrom/Law w ere fourth in the final results, after both lost a lap due to placement of the pace car when a yellow flag came out.
"We couldn't pull away from Buckler's car, and he couldn't pull away from us," said Luhr, still trying to cool down from the 100-degree-plus temperatures inside his Porsche race car.
"Once I passed Brian Cunningham, I opened a small lead, but he came charging back every time. This was a very satisfying win for us, especially after our bad luck at Mid-Ohio and Elkhart Lake," said Luhr.
Other top GT finishers included the #99 Schumacher Racing Porsche of David Murry/Larry Schumacher (fifth); and the #42 Orbit Racing Porsche of Gary Schultheis/Tony Kester (sixth) - giving Porsche the top six finishing positions.
Several other Porsches had early-race problems which prevented them from finishing higher, including the #43 Orbit Racing Porsche of Leo Hindery/Peter Baron (gear box); the #79 J3 Racing Porsche of Justin Jackson/Mike Fitzgerald (accident); and the #70 Spe edSource Porsche of Selby Wellman/Paul Mears, Jr./Sylvain Tremblay (accident).
The official Porsche web site - www.porsche.com - has results and photos for Porsches entered in Washington. Porsche web site uses should click on "North America" from the home page when prompted to select a country, choose "motorsports," then "news" to fi nd the ALMS updates. The Porsche Motorsport North America pages (www.porsche.com/motorsport).
Other Web sites that follow the ALMS events include The Race Site (www.theracesite.com), the Speed Channel site (www.speedTV.com), Motorsport.com (www.motorsport.com) , AutoSport magazine's site (www.autosport.com), AutoRacingDaily.com (www.autoracingdaily .com), Motorsport-news.com (www.motorsport-news.com), Crash.net (www.crash.net), Racelines.com (www.racelines.com), EnduranceSportsCar.com (www.endurancesportscar.com), AmericanRaceFan.com (www.americanracefan.com) and Daily Sports Car (www.dailysportscar .com).