Lime Rock does it again!
Lime Rock does it again!
Lime Rock Park is renowned for some of the toughest and closest sportscar racing in North America and today’s Lime Rock Grand Prix again lived up to expectations.
The Connecticut track has been the scene of some of the greatest finishes in ALMS history including Highcroft Racing’s David Brabham’s late race pass for the lead against the Penske Porsche in 2008, Brabham and Muscle Milk Racing’s Klaus Graf wheel banging finish in 2010 and Graf and Luhr’s incredible fightback from four laps down to win last year.
While Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr were able to charge away at the front for the overall win again today, the class battles were again fast and furious.
Ryan Briscoe crossed the line first in P2 but only after making contact with the rear of Guy Cosmo after a late restart. Cosmo held the lead in his Extreme Speed Motorsports machine and came under pressure at the green flag from the Level 5 entry. Both HPD entries chased the P1 car of Chris Dyson into the back straight chicane and Briscoe got a better run on exit.
As they battled to the next turn, Briscoe made contact with the rear of Cosmo – spinning him out of the lead. The ESM star got going again and was able to cross the line in second place.
Briscoe co-drove with team owner Scott Tucker while Cosmo was paired with fellow home town hero, Scott Sharp.
The P2 results remained under review after the checkered flag.
John Edwards (pictured right) showed his pole winning performance for BMW yesterday was no flash in the pan. He charged into the lead off the start and eventually handed off the No.56 car to Dirk Mueller from the lead.
Mueller came under strong pressure from Antonio Garcia’s Corvette but the Spaniard could not find close the gap to make a move for the lead. Earlier in the race, Jan Magnussen charged through from fifth on the grid to assume second place early in the race. The fifth to second performance mirrored the qualifying/result finish for Garcia and Magnussen from last year.
CORE autosport scored its first GT class podium with Pat Long and Tom Kimber-Smith in third place. The CORE Porsche squad actually gave up the spot with a late splash for fuel but the Risi Ferrari of Matteo Malucelli made a mistake on the restart passing a GTC car down the back straight in the closing stages.
The Ferrari ended up as a passenger on the grass and slid straight into the path of the GTC car entry of Jeroen Bleekemolen at the chicane – putting both cars out on the spot.
Bruno Junqueira and Duncan Ende took the PC class win over CORE autosport’s Jon Bennett and Colin Braun. Junqueira ran as high as second overall and held off pressure from Braun at the finish after the late race restart.