Porsche RS Spyder tasted another success at American Le Mans Series in Salt Late City. In Salt Lake City, Klaus Graf (Germany) and Greg Pickett (USA) claimed third place with the Muscle Milk Cytosport run sports prototype from Weissach. In the GT class, Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) saw the flag in fifth. Recently, the pair celebrated two straight wins with the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Flying Lizard Motorsports.
Porsche RS Spyder again secures podium spot
Stuttgart. Another success for the Porsche RS Spyder in the American Le Mans Series: In Salt Lake City, Klaus Graf (Germany) and Greg Pickett (USA) claimed third place with the Muscle Milk Cytosport run sports prototype from Weissach. In the GT class, Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) saw the flag in fifth. Recently, the pair celebrated two straight wins with the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Flying Lizard Motorsports.
For the title defenders, who travelled to the Great Salt Lake as points’ leaders after winning in Long Beach and Laguna Seca, the race in Miller Motorsports Park did not run according to plan. First, Joerg Bergmeister had to pit after losing air from his left rear tyre, with the same fate happening later to Patrick Long, just as he was fighting a BMW for second place. Through this mishap, they lost so much time that they were unable to hold off their strong opponents from Ferrari, BMW, Jaguar and Chevrolet.
“We didn’t have the fastest car this weekend and on top of that we had to pit twice as many times as our strongest rivals – still we could have brought home a podium result had we not experienced these tyres problems,” said Joerg Bergmeister. “Our pit crew did everything to keep us up the front, but it just wasn’t enough. Still, there are five races left. If we can improve by one or two positions then we’ll be back in action. Nothing is lost yet.”
Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Bryan Sellers (USA) had to take up the race from the back of the field with their Falken Tire 911 GT3 RSR. That they even made it to the grid was quite an achievement. During qualifying on Saturday, the rear of the #17 vehicle suddenly caught fire, making their participation in the race on Sunday look unlikely. The mechanics of the American squad, which is supported by Porsche Motorsport North America, put in a strenuous nightshift to replace all the damaged parts. In the race the 911 GT3 RSR saw the flag in ninth in the GT class. “Because of missing out on the qualifying we had no chance to set-up the car for the track,” said Wolf Henzler. “But we caught up in the race. At the end we were around one and a half seconds faster per lap than at the beginning. We were happy to be able to drive at all.”
In the GTC class, double Supercup champion Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) celebrated his second win of the season in the American Le Mans Series with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Whilst teammate Timothy Pappas (USA) put in the first stint, Jeroen Bleekemolen watched Spain play the Netherlands in the World Cup finale – to then go one-up on his compatriots.
Round 5 of the American Le Mans Series takes place on 24 July in Lime Rock, Connecticut.
Statistics: 4th of 9 races in the American Le Mans Series in Salt Lake City, UT
1. Brabham/Pagenaud (AUS/ F/), Honda ARX-01c (LMP), 91 laps
2. Pirro/Cocker (I/GB), Lola B09 60-Judd (LMP), 91
3. Graf/Pickett (D/USA), Porsche RS Spyder (LMP), 91
Result GT class
1. Melo/Bruni (BRA/I), Ferrari 430 GT, 85 laps
2. Auberlen/Milner (USA/USA), BMW E92 M3, 85
3. Magnussen/O’Connell (DK/USA), Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, 84
4. Müller/Hand (D/USA), BMW E92 M3, 84
5. Bergmeister/Long (D/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 84
6. Fisichella/Vilander (I/SF), Ferrari 430 GT, 84
Points’ standings GT class
1. Jaime Melo, Gianmaria Bruni, Ferrari, 75 points
2. Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long, Porsche, 73
3. Tommy Millner, Bill Auberlen, BMW, 63
4. Dirk Müller, Joey Hand, BMW, 62
5. Jan Magnussen, Johnny O’Connell, Chevrolet, 53
6. Olivier Beretta, Oliver Gavin, Chevrolet, 33
1. BMW, 76 points
2. Ferrari, 75
3. Porsche, 73
1. Rahal Letterman Racing, BMW, 76 points
2. Risi Competizione, Ferrari, 75
3. Flying Lizard Motorsports, Porsche, 73
Points’ standings LMP class
1. David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 91 points
2. Klaus Graf, Porsche, 80
3. Greg Pickett, Porsche, 59
4. Chris Dyson, Guy Smith, Lola, 54
1. Honda, 91 points
2. Porsche, 80
3. Lola, 77
1. Highcroft Racing, Honda, 91
2. Muscle Milk Team Cytosport, Porsche, 80
3. Dyson Racing Team, Lola, 54
Drayson Racing, Lola, 54
Facts and Figures
This is the American Le Mans Series
The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was created in 1999 for sports prototypes and GT vehicles. The regulations correspond to those of the Le Mans 24 hour race. Nine races in the USA and Canada make up this year’s calendar. Traditional highlights are the Sebring 12 hour race and the 1,000 mile “Petit Le Mans” at Road Atlanta.
Sports prototypes and standard sports cars make up the starter field: These are divided into four classes:
LMP class: In this category, sports prototypes from the former LMP1 and LMP2 classes are classified together. The difference in performance is intended to be offset as far as possible (e.g. via restriction adjustments). The Porsche RS Spyder competes in this class.
GT class: Contesting this class (formerly GT2) are slightly modified standard sports cars with 440 to 460 hp and a minimum weight of 1,125 – 1,325 kilograms (e.g. Porsche 911 GT3 RSR).
LMPC class: This newly-created class is a prototype brand trophy series for the ORECA FLM 09.
GTC class: Replacing the ALMS Challenge, this class is open for various model years of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
All race cars start together but are classified separately. This ensures racing that is exciting and constantly changing. Points are awarded only for placings in each class.