Classic sportscar battle for ALMS Austin debut

September 21, 2013

Classic sportscar battle for ALMS Austin debut

September 21, 2013


Texas sportscar fans had plenty of wheel banging action to enjoy as the American Le Mans Series made its debut at Circuit of the Americas today in Austin, Texas.

Recently crowned P1 champions Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr took their seventh consecutive victory aboard their Muscle Milk HPD machine – extended their own new series record for consecutive overall wins.

vette_trackScott Tucker bounced back from his dramatic Baltimore crash to take victory in a brand new HPD P2 car with Ryan Briscoe and Corvette Racing aces Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia held on despite enormous pressure to take their second consecutive victory and take over the championship lead.

The GT race in particular was a barnstormer. Tommy Milner (Corvette) and Jonathan Bomarito (SRT) battled hard for the lead in the opening laps before both running wide and opening the door for Jan Magnussen to sneak through into the lead.

The Dane held the top spot through to the opening pit stops when he handed over to Antonio Garcia.

Garcia resumed in the lead after the complete round of stops and held a handy lead through the next stint. As the race drew to a close, Garica came under pressure from Dirk Mueller’s BMW.

At one stage the race lead battle for GT, GTC and PC classes all converged on track at the same time – resulting in contact at the essess.

Garcia was able to hold on despite enormous pressure. In the dying stages of the race, Bomarito’s SRT Viper came back in contention and passed Mueller. Previous GT points leaders Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin had a tough day – out early with a broken gearbox.

Other class winners today included PC pairing of Kyle Marcelli and Crhis Cumming and the GTC combination of Damien Faulker and Ben Keating.


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