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Highcroft Wins Laguna Six-Hour

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, May 22 2010

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer

David Brabham races the ARX-01c to victory in round three of the American Le Mans Series at Laguna Seca. (Highcroft Racing photo)

Highcroft Racing’s duel versus the pole-winning Lola-Mazda of Dyson Racing ended with 25 minutes remaining, giving the Connecticut team a come from behind victory in the six-hour race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. After the Dyson car broke, the former Acura chassis now designated an HPD driven by David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti cruised home seven laps ahead of the runner-up in the LMP class, the Porsche RS Spyder of CytoSport.

The GT class race came down to the final lap again at Laguna and again it was the Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister that came out ahead. Long took the lead from Joey Hand’s Rahal Letterman Racing BMW M3 on the final re-start with nine minutes remaining at Turn 11, then held on for a 0.365-second victory over the car co-driven by Dirk Muller.

The Pratt & Miller Corvette C6.R’s of Jan Magnussen (No. 3) and Oliver Gavin (No. 4) held the lead in the final ninety minutes in addition to the Lizard Porsche and the No. 90 BMW of RLR. The Risi Competizione Ferrrari 430 GT fell off the lead lap when it pitted shortly before a safety car period and ended up eighth in class.

Franchitti drove the winning stint for Highcroft, taking the lead with a quicker pit stop after falling three seconds behind. The final stop gave Franchitti a 37-second lead. Pole winner Guy Smith recovered 13 seconds of the deficit, but the Dyson entry broke either its turbo engine or the gearbox while in pursuit and lost all drive.

The Level 5 Motorsports entry of Scott Tucker, Christophe Bouchut and Mark Wilkins won the LMP Challenge class event for spec Oreca FLM09 cars by seven seconds over Genoa Racing. In the GT Challenge class for Porsche GT3 Cup entries, the Black Swan Racing entry of Tim Pappas, Jeroen and Sebastian Bleekemolen took a one-lap victory over TRG Motorsports.


American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patrón
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif.
Saturday’s results

1. (35) Simon Pagenaud, Montmorrillon, France; Marino Franchitti, Edinburgh, Scotland; David Brabham, Maidenhead; HPD ARX-01c (1, LMP), 237.
2. (2) Klaus Graf, Dornham, Germany; Sascha Maassen, Lontzen, Belgium; Memo Gidley, San Rafael, CA; Porsche RS Spyder (2, LMP), 230.
3. (8) Christophe Bouchut, France; Mark Wilkins, Toronto, ON; Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Oreca FLM09 (1, LMPC), 229.
4. (9) Kyle Marcelli, Barrie, Ontario, Canada; Tom Sutherland, Los Gatos, CA; Tom Weickardt, Whitefish Bay, WI; Oreca FLM09 (2, LMPC), 229.
5. (19) Joerg Bergmeister, Langenfield, Germany; Patrick Long, Bellaire, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (3, GT), 227.
6. (17) Dirk Mueller, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; BMW E92 M3 (4, GT), 227.
7. (14) Oliver Gavin, Yardley Hastings, UK; Olivier Beretta, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (5, GT), 227.
8. (12) Jaime Melo, Milan, Italy; Gianmaria Bruni, Rome, Italy; Ferrari 430 GT (6, GT), 225.
9. (13) Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; Ferrari 430 GT (7, GT), 225.
10. (15) Jan Magnussen, Roskilde, Denmark; Johnny O’Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (8, GT), 224.
11. (20) Wolf Henzler, Nuertingen, Germany; Bryan Sellers, Braselton, GA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (9, GT), 224.
12. (7) Elton Julian, Los Angeles, CA; Christian Zugel, Holmdel, NJ; Gunnar Jeannette, Salt Lake City, UT; Oreca FLM09 (10, LMPC), 222.
13. (16) Bill Auberlen, Redondo Beach, CA; Tommy Milner, Leesburg, VA; BMW E92 M3 (11, GT), 222.
14. (11) Brian Wong, Newport Beach, CA; Mitch Pagery, Deerfield Beach, FL; David Ducote; Oreca FLM09 (12, LMPC), 222.
15. (1) Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, Bracken, Yorkshire, UK; Andy Meyrick, Chester, UK; Lola B09 86/Mazda (13, LMP), 220.
16. (23) Nic Jonsson, Buford, GA; Tracy Krohn, Houston, TX; Ferrari 430 GT (14, GT), 220.
17. (24) Jeroen Bleekemolen, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, Haarlem, The Netherlands; Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (1, GTC), 219.
18. (26) Andy Lally, New York, NY; Rene Villeneuve, Woodland Hills, CA; Henri Richard, Los Altos Hills, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (2, GTC), 218.
19. (25) Juan Gonzalez, Monterrey, Mexico; Butch Leitzinger, Rebersburg, PA; Rudy Junco Jr., Monterrey, Mexico; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (3, GTC), 217.
20. (33) Ricardo Gonzalez, Monterrey, Mexico; Luis Diaz, Mexico City; Rudy Junco Jr., Monterrey; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (4, GTC), 217.
21. (28) Bryce Miller, Summit, NJ; John McMullen, Spring Lake, NJ; Luke Hines, Essex, UK; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (5, GTC), 216.
22. (27) Shane Lewis, Jupiter, FL; Lawson Aschenbach, West Palm Beach, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (6, GTC), 216.
23. (21) David Murry, Atlanta, GA; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Design Ford GT (7, GT), 215.
24. (30) Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Timo Bernhard, Dittweiler, Germany; Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (8, GT), 213.
25. (32) Bill Sweedler, Westport, CT; Romeo Kapudija, Lincolnwood, IL; Jan-Dirk Lueders, Barrington Hills, IL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (9, GTC), 212.
26. (31) Galen Bieker, Burbank, CA; Kris Wilson, Huntington Beach, CA; Robert Rodriguez, Zephyr Cove, NY; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (10, GTC), 212.
27. (34) Doug Baron, Pacific Palisades, CA; Loren Beggs, Montclair, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (11, GTC), 211.
28. (18) Guy Cosmo, West Palm Beach, FL; Ed Brown, Las Vegas, NV; Ferrari 430 GT (12, GT), 194.
29. (22) Marc Goossens, Huntersville, NC; Ryan Dalziel, Orlando, FL; Jaguar XKRS (13, GT), 191.
30. (4) Pierre Ehret, Santa Clara, Calif.; Bryan Willman, Kirkland, WA; Tony Burgess, Toronto; Lola B06 10/AER (14, LMP), 170.
31. (5) Paul Drayson, London, UK; Jonny Cocker, Guisborough, UK; Emanuele Pirro, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Lola B09 60/Judd (15, LMP), 108, Gearbox.
32. (6) Tom Papadopoulos, Long Island, NY; Ryan Lewis, Indianapolis, IN; Johnny Mowlem, London, UK; Oreca FLM09 (15, LMPC), 107.
33. (29) James Sofronas, Newport Beach, CA; Terry Borcheller, Vero Beach, FL; Bret Curtis, Valencia, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (16, GTC), 83.
34. (3) Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Nikolas Konstant, Los Angeles, CA; Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B06/10 AER (17, LMP), 38.
35. (10) Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Andy Wallace, England; Burt Frisselle, Kihei, HI; Oreca FLM09 (16, LMPC), 8.

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, May 22 2010