• Aug 8, 2010
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The American Le Mans Series was back in action this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and as usual the action was hot and heavy on the track. In the Friday qualifying session Johnny Cocker set a storming pace in the Drayson Racing Lola-Judd. Cocker's best lap was 0.932 seconds quicker than the isobutanol-fueled Lola-Mazda of Chris Dyson. The current LMP championship leading HPD ARX-01c of Simon Pagenaud was third, another four-tenths of a second back.

In the GT class, it was red leading yellow as the two Risi Ferrari F430 GTs edged out the two Corvette C6.Rs. During practice on Thursday, Greg Pickett had a massive crash in his Cytosports Porsche RS Spyder. Fortunately, he walked away, although he did sustain a back injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. Read on after the jump for race results.



[Source: American Le Mans Series]

Once the green flag fell, Clint Field quickly jumped into the lead in the Intersports Lola-AER and he managed to hold that position through two stints for nearly two hours. Paul Drayson took the first stint from the pole in his team's car and spun off early before recovering. (The dry, dusty track sent a number of cars spinning off the course on Saturday.) Meanwhile, Guy Smith in the Dyson Lola-Mazda worked hard to stay close to the Intersport car with David Brabham in the Highcroft car in the hunt as well.

In GT, the Ferraris, Corvettes, Porsches and BMWs jockeyed for position, with the Risi cars mostly staying up front. The #3 Corvette of Johnny O'Connell came into the pits about halfway through the race, losing coolant. The #3 Vette ultimately retired, as did the #61 Risi Ferrari an hour later following a collision with one of the GT Challenge Porsches.

With one hour left in the race, Clint Field pitted to hand the Intersport Lola over to his father Jon, who retired just a few laps later with a terminal mechanical failure. A full-course caution with about 15 minutes left in the race closed up the field and set up a battle for the finish.



With Intersport out, it was a duel between the Dyson and Highcroft cars for overall honors. The butanol-fueled Lola clearly had the advantage in straight-line speed, with the Honda-powered Highcroft machine reeling the leader in the corners. Ultimately, Simon Pagenaud was unable to find a way around Chris Dyson and crossed the finish line just half a second behind him.

Similarly, in GT there were four cars in contention: Ferrari, Corvette, BMW, and Porsche. When the course returned to green for the sprint to the finish, the Ferrari and Corvette pulled away and diced all the way to the line. Ultimately, Risi's Jamie Melo led Corvette Racing's Oliver Gavin across the line with Bill Auberlen in the BMW taking third ahead of Joerg Bergmeister in the Flying Lizard Porsche.



Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, Lexington, Ohio
Saturday's Results

1. (2) Guy Smith, Bracken, Yorkshire; Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Lola B09 86/Mazda (1, LMP), 119.
2. (3) David Brabham, Maidenhead, GB; Simon Pagenaud, Montmorrillon, FR; HPD ARX-01c (2, LMP), 119.
3. (5) Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Christophe Bouchut, France; Oreca FLM09 (1, LMPC), 115.
4. (32) Tomy Drissi, Los Angeles, CA; Bryan Willman, Kirkland, WA; Lola B06 10/AER (3, LMP), 114.
5. (6) Ricardo Gonzalez, Monterrey; Luis Diaz, Mexico City; Oreca FLM09 (2, LMPC), 114.
6. (8) Elton Julian, Santa Monica, CA; Gunnar Jeannette, Salt Lake City, UT; Oreca FLM09 (3, LMPC), 113.
7. (7) Brian Wong, Newport Beach, CA; Kyle Marcelli, Barrie, ON; Oreca FLM09 (4, LMPC), 113.
8. (10) Andy Wallace, England; Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Oreca FLM09 (5, LMPC), 113.
9. (13) Gianmaria Bruni, Rome, IT; Jaime Melo, Milan, IT; Ferrari 430 GT (1, GT), 112.
10. (14) Olivier Beretta, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Oliver Gavin, Yardley Hastings, GB; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (2, GT), 112.
11. (18) Tommy Milner, Leesburg, VA; Bill Auberlen, Redondo Beach, CA; BMW E92 M3 (3, GT), 112.
12. (19) Patrick Long, Bellaire, FL; Joerg Bergmeister, Langenfield, DE; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (4, GT), 112.
13. (20) Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; Ferrari 430 GT (5, GT), 112.
14. (16) Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; Dirk Mueller, Monte Carlo, Monaco; BMW E92 M3 (6, GT), 112.
15. (9) Christian Zugel, Holmdel, NJ; Frankie Montecalvo, Highlands, NJ; Oreca FLM09 (6, LMPC), 111.
16. (24) Seth Neiman, San Francisco, CA; Patrick Pilet, Le Chesnay; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (7, GT), 111.
17. (22) Bryan Sellers, Braselton, GA; Wolf Henzler, Nuertingen, DE; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (8, GT), 110.
18. (23) Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, MI; Marc Goossens, Huntersville, NC; Jaguar XKRS (9, GT), 107.
19. (25) Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Jeroen Bleekemolen, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (1, GTC), 106.
20. (27) Bret Curtis, Valencia, CA; James Sofronas, Newport Beach, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (2, GTC), 105.
21. (29) Romeo Kapudija, Lincolnwood, IL; Bill Sweedler, Westport, CT; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (3, GTC), 105.
22. (26) Luke Hines, Essex, UK; Bryce Miller, Summit, NJ; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (4, GTC), 105.
23. (28) Jerry Vento, West Palm Beach, FL; Shane Lewis, Jupiter, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (5, GTC), 103.
24. (33) Henri Richard, Los Altos Hills, CA; Spencer Pumpelly, Mason Neck, VA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (6, GTC), 103.
25. (31) Doug Baron, Pacific Palisades, CA; Loren Beggs, Montclair, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (7, GTC), 103.
26. (4) Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B06/10 AER (4, LMP), 100.
27. (12) Toni Vilander, Kankaanpaa; Giancarlo Fisichella , Rome; Ferrari 430 GT (10, GT), 100.
28. (17) Guy Cosmo, West Palm Beach, FL; Ed Brown, Las Vegas, NV; Ferrari 430 GT (11, GT), 96.
29. (21) David Murry, Atlanta, GA; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Design Ford GT (12, GT), 96.
30. (15) Johnny O'Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Jan Magnussen, Roskilde, DK; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (13, GT), 49.
31. (11) Andrew Prendeville, Chatham, NJ; Chris Buncombe, London, UK; Radical SR9/IES (5, LMP), 44.
32. (1) Paul Drayson, London, GB; Jonny Cocker, Guisborough, GB; Lola B09 60/Judd (6, LMP), 39.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      maybe I'm a bad fan cause I didn't remember this race was coming up
      ..... but I'd love it if AB would toss out a reminder
      ALMS racing this weekend - tune in on _____ (Speed or whatever network has coverage)

      I'd love to get a once a week reminder - when and where we can catch some hot motorsport action..... major events of course.

      was there a note like that somewhere? was it in the podcast?

      just a thought..... now I'm gonna go drool over the gallery photos
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.
        With everything going on, a weekend reminder would be great.

        Get to it- chop, chop!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @unknown.... is that you Frank? the creator of the till now secret to me calendar of motorsport events. I never knew about it..... I think you guys should post once in a while about it cause it's AWESOME!!!!

        what a great resource that I never knew about.

        thanks to Frank Filipponio.... who sends thanks to some other folks over on the Calendar page..... cool, man.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We have been running a monthly calendar of automotive events for over a year now – F1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Grand-Am, ALMS, NHRA, WRC, Rally America...plus all of the major auto shows, concours, and other automotive events we can find. It is a Google calendar so you can easily subscribe to it and most of the listings have links to full details, including television coverage. We also encourage anyone that knows about local or regional events to leave the details in our comments section so we can add it to the calendar.

        http://www.autoblog.com/tag/calendar
        • 4 Years Ago
        The race hasn't been televised yet in the states. It's on CBS next weekend.

        Also, I second more Grand Am coverage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      1. Ferarri F430
      2. Chevy Corvette
      3. BMW M3
      4. Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

      ... God the GT class is good!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see Giancarlo Fisichella racing. I had wondered where he got to after his few drives for Ferrari at the arse-end of last season. He might not have been the quickest driver on the F1 grid but certainly was one of the most personable. I was a fan of his since his days at Jordan. Doesn't look like he's set the world alight in this ALMS event but I'm hoping he doesn't disappear completely off the radar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haven't watched the race yet (it's on CBS on Aug 15th) so I haven't read this post yet. After I watch the race I'll come back, but thanks for the high res gallery! These make awesome phone backgrounds.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jaime Melo is not from Milan, he is from Brazil!
      • 4 Years Ago
      this was such a fantastic race. awesome to watch, great action, couple long yellows kept the cars close and a HUGE field of cars. plus it helps that mid ohio is such a gorgeous track...but I'm biased.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Grand Am race was close but typically boring and you know who's going to win, the best prepared team which has been the case more often than not in the series. And your lucky Ganassi doesn't put the serious whoop-arse on the series, like it can't hire world class drivers. They only keep Memo because of his ties to Telemex. Its mainly to keep Scott Pruett around.

        As I have said on the net several thousand times now -

        There is room for both series but Grand Am fans should not go searching for Equal Time you will not get it. Its inferior, DP's are slower than GT2 cars and I'm sure slower than LMPC cars now and GT's are not faster than the Porsche Super Cup. They dumbed it down to allow Mazda to built a tube chassis car because building a uni-body based RX-8 would have been more than the company wanted to spend to be competitive.

        • 4 Years Ago
        The Camaros are also tube-frame racers (they're the old Pontiac Grand Prix GXP.Rs with new metal).

        It is odd to me Mazda is allowed to dominate GT so much. They were running 1-2-3-4 for a while in the more recent race (Lime Rock?) and they're allowed to do it with a tube frame and a 3-rotor motor. It's just not cool that Lou Gigliotti has to try to compete with those cars with just a modded Z51 Corvette.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Grand Am stinks, Mazda MX-5 Cup Racing is competitive and close that doesn't make it a replacement for FIA GT1 or even FIA GT3 for that matter.

      Grand Am's whole idea of controlling cost and making racing close was about as intelligent as Tony George making Indy Car a oval only sport with American Drivers. As you see both are not working out too well.

      Grand Am is going to make a change in 2012 and beyond. I doubt it will make the show better looks wise and that's the problem. ALMS is a superior series all around, on better tracks and with better drivers. Seems like Grand Am could be called The Canadian Grand Am series they have so many connections to Canada its not even funny.

      The stream was available from the webside via Todocast and will be available for replay about the time the Docu-Drama is shown on CBS (Aug 15th).

      Autoblog obviously comes down on the side of the majority sports car fans world wide - ALMS is superior.

      Grand Am fans have their own little corner of the internet, this is not about equal time.


      • 4 Years Ago
      agree with comments on "heads up" for up comming events--like thur or fri alerts.
      no coverage of grand-am ????? why cant grnd-am get no respect. beats f1.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can't agree more. ALMS is great but unfortunately this was not even televised this weekend. I watched the Grand Am race at Watkins Glen and it was just awesome! Grand Am and ALMS both have great racing and should get more coverage here.
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