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Muscle Milk continues dominance with Lime Rock victory

LAKEVILLE, CT — Rob Dyson’s Lola B12/60 Mazda LMP1 won the battle, but it was the Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a Honda of Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graph that won the war at the Lime Rock American Le Mans series Northwest Grand Prix, as they came from four laps down during the race for the victory.

Rob Smith finished qualifying with an equally entertaining top lap and pole position for the Mazda, out dueling the Honda  by a mere .102 seconds. On race day when electrical issues plaqued the Muscle Milk sponsored Honda, it appeared as if the race was Smith and Dyson’s to lose.

Unfortunately for the Mazda team, on their “home track” (Poukeepsie, NY is home base) they did lose the race to a hard charging bonzai performance by Lurh and Graph that earned for them a nearly 13 second victory over their chief rivals, their third straight in the ALMS this year.

P2 class honors went to Level 5’s Christophe Bouchut and Scott Tucker, who led outright for more than 30 minutes and held off a hard-charging Conquest Endurance Morgan-Nissan of Martin Plowman for the class win.

“Dr. Mc Dreamy”, Patrick Dempsey, scored his first ALMS podium finish, teaming with Joe Foster in the No. 27 Dempsey Racing Lola B12/80 Judd to finish third in class.

In the GT catagorie, it was another dog fight to the finish with Jörg Bergmeister and Patrick Long earning victory for Flying Lizard Motorsports in a fantastic fight with Corvette Racing and Extreme Speed Motorsports. Bergmeister celebrated his 100th ALMS start with his sixth win in seven Lime Rock races. Bergmeister held off a stern challenge from a pair of Corvette C6 ZR1s.

Audi does it again! Takes technology to a new level in winning 80th 24 hours of Le Mans

LE MANS, France — Audi has done it again!

Not only did it win its 11th 24 hours of Le Mans but it lived up to its slogan “Vorsprung durch Technik” by garnering a one-two finish with its new R18 e-tron (and a 1-2-3 finish with the R18 Ultra taking third) , a hybrid all-wheel drive diesel powered car — a first in the history of motorsports.

It was the No1 Audi driven by Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, and Benoit Treluyer — who also are the defending Le Mans champions — who took the checkered flag after 24 hard fought hours. The threesome first had to fight off a stiff challenge from Toyota’s hybrid car and then for the last 12 hours  have a “friendly” with its sister ship, the No. 2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

Toyota’s TS030 Hybrid arrived with great promise and had its moments during the race, wrestling the lead from the Audi dreadnaught at one point in time. But this was not Toyota’s day. No sooner had the No 7 Toyota grabbed the lead — and lost it — the No. 8 Toyota with Anthony Davidson at the wheel was hit by a back-marker Ferarri, mirroring the accidents that took out two Audis last year. The Toyota took the air and went into the tire wall at speed in Virage de Mulsanne. Although Davidson was able to extricate himself from the car on his own, he was taken to the hospital where it was found that he had broken two vertebrae.The No. 7 Toyota TS030 hybrid soldiered on — but around one am the engine save out ending the run of the Toyota.

The TS030 was impressive in its brief stay at Le Mans, particularly given the fact that it was rushed to the World Endurance Championship scene after Peugeot pulled the plug (on the pug) on its Le Mans program. The new car showed excellent top end speed, leading all comers in

Once the Toyotas exited stage right, the friendly was on between the defending Le Mans champion and the veteran Audi No2, piloted by Allan McNish, Dindo Capello, and Tom Kistensen. The battle heated up Sunday morning with the No.2 team wrestling away the lead. The lead went back and forth until the No. 2 car, with McNish at the wheel had an incident with another car. Luckily it did not put the car out of the race — but it ended for all intents and purpose any head-to-head dicing.



Vorsprung durch Technik

Outstanding debut performance by Toyota; They are done for the 80th running.

Le Mans, France – One of the best manufactures debut to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in recent history. The remaining No. 7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid has pulled out of the race due to engine problems. Toyota at one point in the race led, and was bringing the fight to Audi. The team has come into the race with very little testing, after destroying one of the chassis, and did not make the either Spa, or Sebring races.

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