Porsche duo’s Baltimore happy hunting ground

September 1, 2012

Porsche duo’s Baltimore happy hunting ground

September 1, 2012

Porsche racers Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler will probably vote to have every race of the 2013 American Le Mans Series held on the streets of Baltimore.

The duo clinched victory today at the same victory where they won in 2011.

While Henzler played a key role in the duo’s two other victories from last season, today is was Sellers who drove to perfection in the second half of the race to hold off Corvette Racing’s championship leader, Oliver Gavin.

Henzler was able to grab an early advantage when he picked the right lane through a turn one crashfest at the start and when BMW’s Joerg Mueller was penalized for contact with a GTC car, the No.17 Porsche was able to grab the lead.

After taking over from Tommy Milner, Gavin was able to close on the back of Sellers with 52 minutes remaining, but the Porsche ace held off the pressure to take the team’s first 2012 win.

“One of the worst sights in racing is having Ollie Gavin behind you in a Corvette,” Sellers admitted.

“It was difficult to keep them back there. Our strength was certainly opening the gap after the restarts. I don’t know if the Corvettes got pick-up but we could keep the pace no problem over the stint. We weren’t the fastest car, but we talked about lasting the longest. The biggest thing about street course victories is the team. The strategy has to be good, and the pace has to be good. Everyone worked well together so well.”

Gavin and Milner took second to further extend their GT points lead while Johannes van Overbeek and Scott Sharp drove a strong race aboard their Ferrari to clinch third – their second consecutive podium and fourth in 2012.

Gavin and Milner’s teammates Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia had the most unfortunate luck. Garcia had to take the escape road at the turn one trouble and picked up a puncture which put them right at the back of the field.

The duo drove through to take sixth place in a great fightback.

Flying Lizard Motorsports driver Patrick Long was the busiest man on track – finishing eighth and 11th. Team boss Seth Neiman suffered an arm injury during the morning warm-up, forcing Long to do double-duty today.

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