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In qualifying for the first ever American Le Mans Series race in Detroit, the LMP2 class cars put the mighty Audi R10s in their place. The diesel racers that have dominated for almost two years were relegated to the fourth row of the grid. However. once the green flag fell all bets were off. If you're a race fan and you love to see cars battling for position on the track, not to mention seeing a variety of different kinds of cars sharing it, check out the ALMS. The Detroit race ran two hours and forty-five minutes and the action never let up. If you haven't watched the race but plan to do so, stop reading now. Otherwise for results follow the jump.
Six LMP2 cars qualified ahead of the Audis, but as they approached the checkered flag it was a battle between Romain Dumas in the #7 Penske Porsche RS Spyder and Emanuele Pirro's Audi R10 TDI .Ultimately, the Porsche crossed the line six seconds ahead. Dindo Capello brought the second Audi home in third. Johnny O'Connell led Oliver Gavin in the GT1 Corvettes three and four laps back respectively in tenth and eleventh overall.
Jaime Melo was one more lap back, taking the GT2 crown in one of the Risi Ferarri F430GTs. There was some on-track drama as well when Johannes van Overbeek had to evacuate his Flying Lizard Porsche 911 after fifty-three laps as the car burst into flames leaving a large plume of black smoke rising into the clear sky.