Kane, Al Masaood Win Baltimore Street Fight
By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
Steven Kane left the pits before the sister Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda in the first round of stops and that was enough to bring him and Humaid Al Masaood their first victory in the American Le Mans Series LMP1 class at the inaugural race through the Baltimore harbor district. Despite delays in track preparation that severely reduced practice and qualifying time on Friday, the event drew a strong response from the host city and grandstands were packed on Saturday.
Guy Smith won the pole in the No. 16 Dyson entry, but finished second with Chris Dyson due to the slower pit stop, the only lead change in LMP1. The Lola-Aston Martin of Team CytoSport suffered an electrical fire prior to the first practice and barely made the grid. After brake problems, Romain Dumas and Klaus Graf finished a distant fourth among four LMP1 entries but with enough laps to earn points.
The GT race was decided by contact: in qualifying; early in the two-hour race; and late. After avoidable contact, Jaime Melo and Patrick Long were excluded from qualifying and their teams forced to start their respective Risi Ferrari and Flying Lizard Porsche in the rear. At the start, slowing LMPC entries led to a GT traffic jam in the first turn, where only pole starter Dirk Werner’s BMW came out without contact.
The Team Falken Porsche of Wolf Henzler forced the issue on the inside of two Corvettes in the first corner and squeezed through. Oliver Gavin’s Corvette was nosed into the wall. The No. 3 Corvette, which also managed to survive the traffic jam, was in second with 40 minutes to go in the two-hour race when Tom Milner rammed leader Bill Auberlen’s No. 55 BMW, leaving the Porsche of Henzler and Bryan Sellers as the victors.
Kyle Marcelli and Tommy Drissi, the latter involved in the botched start, were the winners in LMPC. Jeroen Bleekemolen and Tim Pappas won the GTC class for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.No Comment