Photo by John Thawley Allan McNish and Audi turned in the fastest lap of Saturday morning's 25-minute warmup for the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg as the American Le Mans Series prepares for its first street race of the season. The LMP1 pole-sitter turned in a time of 1:04.729 in the diesel-powered Audi R10 TDI he will share with Rinaldo Capello.
The warmup served as a preview for what will be a fantastic clash this afternoon between Audi, Porsche and Acura. Andretti Green Racing's Bryan Herta was second overall and first in LMP2 at 1:04.985 in his Acura ARX, the same car that was runner-up overall and the class winner at Sebring two weeks ago. Third overall and second in P2 was today's overall pole-starting Porsche RS Spyder of Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard of Penske Racing.
The top six cars were within a second of each other including two Audis, a Porsche and three Acuras.
Jan Magnussen won the battle of the Corvettes in GT1. The Dane's time of 1:09.995 put him ahead of the sister Corvette C6.R of Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta.
In GT2, Wolf Henzler from Tafel Racing put Porsche out front on his last lap with a time of 1:13.001. He knocked Risi Competizione's Mika Salo and his Ferrari F430 GT from the top spot by 0.587 seconds. Porsches held four of the top five spots with Flying Lizard's Porsche of Jörg Bergmeister and Johannes van Overbeek was third in class at 1:13.709.