dsc 2005 Awards 6 – North American Car of the Year
Despite a Championship win the Audi R8 doesn’t
make the top three here. Neither does its chief tormentor the Dyson
Lola B01/60: these two though provided compelling racing throughout
the ALMS season.
One of our panel chose, purely on the basis of looks
and soundtrack, the Maserati MC12, despite a fairly fruitless season.
The top three here though could barely be more different.
Third place here is a car dominant in its natural
habitat. To dominate in a format of racing which leaves little room
for development is as difficult a trick to pull off as exists in
racing. Bill Riley’s Mk XI Daytona Prototype pulled it off
Second place goes to our European winner in this
category – there are many in our panel who are disappointed
that it seems that the Zytek 04S may only be seen in guest appearances
once again in the ALMS in 2006, their appetites whetted by stunning
pace at Laguna Seca.
The winner here though was beaten only once in its
debut season, and then only with bad luck in its debut race. Other
than that the two yellow missiles utterly dominated proceedings
in GT1, despite the best efforts of the ACEMCO Saleen and, at Sebring
and in the final two races by Aston Martin Racing, they were nothing
short of world class throughout the year, taking ALMS and Le Mans
titles at the first attempt – how many more might follow?
We’ll have some fun watching!
Car of the Year 2005 for North America is the Chevrolet
“Quick and SO strong!” – Graham
“Fully sorted, right out of the box.”
– John Machaqueiro
supercar swept all.” – Jeannie Kjos