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Muscle Milk Rebounds To Win Mosport

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Sunday, July 24 2011

The Muscle Milk Aston Martin/Lola won at Mosport on Sunday. (File photo courtesy of the American Le Mans Series)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Wrtiter

Despite setbacks in practice and the race, Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf drove their AMR/Lola to victory at Mosport, coming home with a 28.4-second margin over the Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda. “We’ve been hit by everything this weekend,”said Graf of the two hour, 45-minute ALMS race. “What a roller coaster. We had to push hard today.”

Graf crashed the Muscle Milk Lola in practice, but the CytoSport team re-built it in time for him to win the pole. Luhr built a comfortable lead of nearly a minute over the Dyson entry by the 35-minute mark. But Luhr said officials failed to open the pit road in time for the leader when a subsequent safety car period fell, miring him in traffic on the re-start in what was a two-car race.

An issue with getting air to the turbo for the Dyson Lola enabled Luhr to catch Chris Dyson, then pass him with a precarious outside pass at the daunting Turn 2. Despite the turbo issue, Guy Smith set the fastest race lap during his stint for Dyson. Driving the Oryx Dyson entry, Humaid Al Masaood and Steven Kane finished two laps down after Al Masaood went off.

When RLL BMW M3 driver Dirk Werner banged into the GTC Porsche of Spencer Pumpelly while leading the GT class in the closing 30 minutes, the resulting stop-and-go penalty put the Corvette C6.R of Jan Magnussen and starting driver Oliver Gavin into the lead. Magnussen had just passed Jaime Melo’s Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia shortly before the penalty. The Corvette was not as quick as either RLL BMW, the Flying Lizard Porsche or the Risi entry on lap times, but ran a consistent pace to win by 4.4 seconds.

Core Autosport’s Gunnar Jeannette and Ricardo Gonzalez took the top honors in the LMPC class by two laps. Pumpelly recovered to return to first to reclaim the victory for TRG and co-driver Duncan Ende.

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Sunday, July 24 2011
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