ALMS – Road America 500 – Saturday Morning Report
Even Perfecter Than Yesterday
© Tom Kjos
America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA – As ALMS announcer
Jim Martyn said this morning, the day is “even perfecter”
than yesterday. And so it is.
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Graham Tyler might be saying exactly the same thing, right.
practice session started with sixty degree (F) temperatures under
a bright blue sky, and a quite cool 66 degree (F) track surface
temperatures. That last might have caught out James Gue, who put
Miracle Motorsport’s new Courage C65-AER off soon after exiting
bet that turbo kicked in,” was the remark of a competitor.
The result was that the new red Courage didn’t get in a timed
lap. The team spent the session in the paddock repairing a damaged
we did it again. We trusted yesterday’s timing and scoring
sheet, which identified Robin Liddell (right) as the LMP2 class
fast lap in the Intersport Lola B2K/40-Judd. Wrong again, as pointed
out by Clint Field with a big grin. From now on we confirm with
Robin and Clint. The Intersport car continued to lead the LMP2 class,
a 2:01.523 for Clint…or Robin. As expected, the two Nissan-powered
prototypes struggled well off the pace.
The LMP1s showed
that they just keep getting faster; it’s clear that the track
record will go – James Weaver’s 1:52.346 already very
close to Tom Kristensen’s 1:52.166. JJ Lehto and Marco Werner
had the Champion Audi R8 in the Lola sandwich, behind the #16 Dyson
car of Weaver and Butch Leitzinger, and ahead of the #20 car of
Andy Wallace and Chris Dyson. Jon Field and Duncan Dayton were fourth
best, both overall and in class. Weaver’s time is with an
“old” engine; yesterday’s adrift fuel return caused
the engine to run overly lean. The “installation problem”
reported yesterday was the problem of having to install a new motor
– which in fact is an “old” motor.
Team Corvette keeps smashing
records, usually their own, at every stop. This course will be no
different, with Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell already within
a half-second of Oliver Gavin’s 2:01.969. Look for a sub two-minute
lap from the Corvettes this year.
In GT, Sascha
Maassen finally got in the #43 British American Motorsport! Porsche,
something that has been all too rare, with the team’s various
mechanical and other problems. At the head of the class, however,
was the Alex Job Racing pairing of Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb, the
latter touring the track in 2:08..966, just eight-tenths off Lucas
Luhr’s 2003 record.
practice and qualifying coverage will be a combined report (they’re
separated by just a ten minute break).