Acura Automobiles: American Le Mans Series Monterey Race Report

Posted on 13. May, 2012 by in Acura Canada

Circuit: Mazda Raceway Laguna Raceway (2.24-mile highway course) Monterey, CA
Weather: Clear, warm, afternoon high 86 degrees F

Top Fiver Overall Race Results:

Klaus Graf/Lucas Luhr
Muscle Milk Racing
242 laps
Luis Diaz/Franck Montagny/Scott Tucker
Level 5 Motorsports
Jon Bennett/Colin Braun
CORE Autosport
Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet
Tomy Drissi/Roberto Gonzalez/Bruno Junqueira
RSR Racing
Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet
Tom Kimber-Smith/Alex Papow
CORE Autosport
Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet

David Hansson/A. Pizzonia/Martin Plowman
Conquest Racing
Morgan Nissan
Chris Dyson/Johnny Mowlem/Guy Smith
Dyson Racing
Lola B12/60 Mazda
Christophe Bouchut/Montagny/Tucker
Level 5 Motorsports
Jonny Cocker/Patrick Dempsey/Joe Foster
Dempsey Racing
Lola B12/87 Judd BMW
Duarte de Costa/Rusty Mitchell/A. Prendeville
Project Libra Racing
Radical SR10 Ford

HPD Sweeps Laguna Seca

The Muscle Milk Racing twin of Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr dominated Saturday’s six-hour American Le Mans Series Monterey during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in their HPD ARX-03a, heading from dwindle to dwindle to measure a second uninterrupted altogether and LMP1 feat of 2012.

Three laps behind a altogether victors, a Level 5 Motorsports contingent of Luis Diaz, Franck Montagny and Scott Tucker finished second altogether and claimed a LMP2 category feat in a #95 ARX-03b, after a scarcely race-long conflict with a Conquest Racing Morgan Nissan of David Hansson, Antonio Pizzonia and Martin Plowman.

Following adult on their feat final month during a team’s “home” competition during a Grand Prix of Long Beach, Graf and Luhr sprinted divided from Dyson Racing’s Lola Mazda on a opening path and dominated a day in their HPD V8-powered ARX-03a, lapping a margin within a initial dual hours of a six-hour event. The group carried on to run a flawless event, environment fastest competition path and winning a second uninterrupted Michelin Green X Challenge en track to a win.

In LMP2, featuring a span of HPD twin-turbocharged V6-powered ARX-03bs fielded by Level 5 Motorsports, a competition was most some-more closer. Driving a #055 Level 5 entry, early personality Franck Montagny collided with a slower GTC Porsche, promulgation a ARX-03b to a garage for repairs and handing a lead to a sister #95 car, with Scott Tucker driving.

But it was not transparent sailing for a #95 ARX-03b, as a Morgan Nissan from Conquest Endurance, that combined former Formula One motorist Pizzonia for this event, presented a clever plea for a initial 5 hours. But shortly after holding a lead in an sell of array stops during a final hour, Hansson was forced to array a Conquest appurtenance with delivery issues, and Level 5 reclaimed a lead to continue a ideal deteriorate of 3 American Le Mans Series LMP2 category victories in 3 races this year.

After going behind a array wall for repairs, Level 5’s #055 ARX-03b returned to finish third in LMP2, with Christophe Bouchut pushing a final stint.

After a two-race pitch by California, a American Le Mans Series has a one-month layoff as several heading teams – including Level 5 – take partial in a 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. The array resumes Jul 7 with a American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix during Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.

At Le Mans, HPD will margin a largest bid to date in a classical continuation competition with 4 teams: British-based JRM Racing and Strakka Racing in LMP1; and a American teams Starworks and Level 5 Motorsports in LMP2. The 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place Jun 16-17.

Lucas Luhr (#6 Muscle Milk Racing HPD ARX-03a) Finished 1st overall, 1st in LMP1; Michelin Green X Challenge winner: “It was a good competition for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, generally now that we have dual wins in California in front of a home crowd. It was really critical for a whole group and for a motivation. It was really nice. There were so many friends and family of [team owners Greg] Picketts here to support us. We can uncover them back-to-back victories. Klaus [Graf] did a really good pursuit during a beginning, and we built a good lead early. We had to keep a focus, stay out of difficulty and move it home – and that’s what we did.”

Luis Diaz (#95 Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03b) Finished 2nd overall, 1st in LMP2: “Our idea is to rise competition by race. The aero of this automobile is so great, we can lift so most speed into a corners. we consider a automatic side of a automobile is great. It’s only awesome. The P1 cars are a bit quicker on a straights, though a group is really prepared to quarrel for altogether [race] wins.”

Roger Griffiths (Technical Director, Honda Performance Development) on Saturday’s 6-hour American Le Mans Series Monterey: “Excellent efforts from both of a Le Mans antecedent teams currently were good rewarded with category victories for both Muscle Milk Racing and Level 5 Motorsports, and a initial 1-2 finish altogether this deteriorate for Honda Performance Development. Congratulations to both of a partner teams, that swept both California events to continue their winning streaks, and all of a HPD associates for a pursuit good done. Now, a concentration shifts behind to Europe, where preparations continue for a third coming during a 24 Hours of Le Mans and a largest bid to date for this good race.”



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