Photo by John Thawley Mid-Ohio was doubly good to Penske Motorsports on Saturday as Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard led a 1-2 overall team finish at the Acura Sports Car Challenge as Porsche and its RS Spyder took its fifth straight overall victory in the American Le Mans Series.
Dumas finished 2.36 seconds ahead of Briscoe after the No. 7 crew elected a short-fill of fuel on its final pit stop with 55 minutes remaining. The crew's estimation proved to be right on as Dumas' stop was more than 20 seconds quicker than Briscoe's, whose car got a full tank of fuel.
Dumas and Bernhard won for the second straight year and began from the pole Saturday. Emanuele Pirro in the No. 2 Audi R10 TDI took the lead 10 minutes in and held the lead heading into the final hour before losing it in the final stop sequence.
The No. 7 duo increased their LMP2 championship lead to 13 points.
Pirro and Marco Werner took their first LMP1 class win since Sebring and finished third overall, Audi's best finish since Houston in April. They led the full two hours and 45 minutes in the diesel-powered prototype's Mid-Ohio debut after Dindo Capello in the sister R10 went off course on the opening lap following contact with Stefan Johansson in the Highcroft Racing Acura.
Saturday's win was the second each for Pirro and Werner and their first together at the 2.258-mile circuit.
Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta won for the second straight season in GT1 as Corvette Racing's No. 4 Corvette C6.R led flag-to-flag for a 28-second win over the sister car of Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen.
Gavin started from the class pole and took the checkered flag. O'Connell started 26th after the car failed Friday's post-qualifying inspection. He moved behind Gavin in the overall standings 20 minutes into the race but couldn't get closer than 6 seconds.
Flying Lizard Motorsports won for the third time in four years at Mid-Ohio and the second race in a row as Johannes van Overbeek and Jörg Bergmeister took a two-lap win over Risi Competizione's lead Ferrari of Jaime Melo and Mika Salo.
The Lizard Porsche took the lead when class leader Salo and second-place Tomas Enge in the Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing Ferrari collided and went off course 40 minutes into the race. It was a nearly similar situation to the last event at Lime Rock, and the Lizards took advantage again.
Bergmeister and van Overbeek increased their lead in the championship to 8 points. The other Risi Ferrari of Gianmaria Bruni and Eric Helary finished third in class.
The next round of the American Le Mans Series is the Generac 500 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. The four-hour race is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 11. American Le Mans Radio will have live coverage at americanlemans.com, which also will feature IMSA Live Timing & Scoring. NBC Sports will broadcast the race from 2:30-4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 12.
Acura Sports Car Challenge
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio
1. (1) Timo Bernhard, Germany; Romain Dumas, France; Porsche RS Spyder (1, P2), 134.
2. (2) Sascha Maassen, Germany; Ryan Briscoe, Australia; Porsche RS Spyder (2, P2), 134.
3. (8) Emanuele Pirro, Italy; Marco Werner, Germany; Audi AG/R10/TDI (3, P1), 134.
4. (3) Luis Diaz, Mexico; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Lola/B06-43/Acura (4, P2), 134.
5. (4) Rinaldo Capello, Italy; Allan McNish, Scotland; Audi AG/R10/TDI (5, P1), 134.
6. (5) Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Andy Wallace, England; Porsche RS Spyder (6, P2), 133.
7. (9) Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Porsche RS Spyder (7, P2), 133.
8. (6) Stefan Johansson, Sweden; David Brabham, Australia; Duncan Dayton, North Salem, NY; Acura/ARX-01a (8, P2), 132.
9. (11) Greg Pickett, Santa Monica, CA; Klaus Graf, Germany; Lola B06/10 AER (9, P1), 128.
10. (7) Marino Franchitti, Scotland; Bryan Herta, Valencia, CA; Acura/ARX-01a (10, P2), 126.
11. (14) Oliver Gavin, England; Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Corvette C6.R (11, GT1), 125.
12. (27) Johnny O`Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Corvette C6.R (12, GT1), 125.
13. (13) Adam Pecorari, Aston, PA; Gunnar Van der Steur, Chesapeake City, MD; Radical / SR9/AER (13, P2), 119.
14. (18) Jorg Bergmeister, Germany; Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (14, GT2), 118.
15. (16) Mika Salo, Finland; Jaime Melo, Brazil; Ferrari 430GT Berlin (15, GT2), 116.
16. (19) Eric Helary, France; Gianmaria Bruni, Italy; Ferrari 430GT Berlinetta (16, GT2), 116.
17. (22) Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Lonnie Pechnik, Pacific Grove, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (17, GT2), 114.
18. (24) Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Terry Borcheller, Gainesville, GA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (18, GT2), 114.
19. (17) Tomas Enge, Czech Republic; Dirk Mueller, Germany; Ferrari 430GT (19, GT2), 113.
20. (15) Chris McMurry, Phoenix, AZ; Bryan Willman, Kirkland, WA; Creation CA06H-Judd (20, P1), 97.
21. (12) Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Richard Berry, Evergreen, CO; Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Creation/CA06H/Judd (21, P1), 96.
22. (26) Cindi Lux, Portland, OR; Stan Wilson, Mount Juliet, TN; Dodge Viper (22, GT2), 95.
23. (21) Ralf Kelleners, Germany; Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (23, GT2), 92.
24. (20) Wolf Henzler, Germany; Robin Liddell, Scotland; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (24, GT2), 83.
25. (25) Jim Tafel, Alpharetta, GA; Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (25, GT2), 80.
26. (23) Bill Auberlen, Hermosa Beach, CA; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; Panoz Esperante GTLM (26, GT2), 49, Engine.
27. (10) Ben Devlin, England; Jamie Bach, West Palm Beach, FL; Lola/B07-40/Mazda (27, P2), 18, Turbo.