First the good news for Audi Sports North America. The No. 7 R10 won the LMP1 class during last weekend's 9th Round of the American LeMans Series race at Mosport. With the win, Audi has clinched the LMP1 championship with three races left to run. Unfortunately, Audi has yet again failed to claim an outright win despite dominating the entire race ahead of those pesky LMP2 cars.
The Audi driven by Alan McNish had inherited the lead late in the race when Timo Bernhard pitted his LMPS Penske Motorsports Porsche RS Spyder. Things were going well, with the McNish building a comfortable 22-second lead. Unfortunately, the R10 then experienced some kind of gearbox malfunction with ten minutes to go that left McNish with only the higher gears. Every tight corner of the track gave Bernhard another opportunity to close the gap. Bernhard caught McNish with about five minutes left to go, and went on to build a 19.575-second lead.
Check out the rest of our recap and VIDEO of the last five minutes of last weekend's race at Mosport after the jump, courtesy of SPEED.
McNish was fortunately able to hold on to second place overall, as the another Porsche Spyder was far behind in third place. The other Audi R10 driven by Marco Werner at the end of the race came in fourth overall, and it too had a chance to win the race at Mosport overall, but unfortunately experienced a snafu in its final pit stop that kept it from exiting the pits in front of the pace car.
Everyone seems to agree that both Audi R10s were the fastest cars at Mosport last weekend, but bad luck seems to have prevented them from ending the LMP2 domination of ALMS this season.