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Corvette takes the win at Mosport

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On: Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 10:30AM | By: John Welch


Corvette takes the win at Mosport

The racing this weekend couldn't have been better. Wait wait, yes it could. The ALMS race could have lasted for ten hours. Fortunately the 1,000-mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. will be raced on September 26. Speed is broadcasting flag to flag. I will stock up on Hot Pockets and bacon, and will not dress beyond boxers that weekend. Last year's race was riveting, and if you check previous posts, this race is shaping up to be less than boring.

Anyway, back to Mosport. After only three starts the Corvette Racing C6.R GT2 was able to claim its first victory in the American Le Mans Series GT2 class. After years of dominating GT1 (to the point where no one could compete, causing the 'death' of the entire class), the Corvette team is a relative newcomer to GT2 racing. The cars are more closely related to their production counterparts, therefore GT2 is a cheaper and less complicated undertaking then GT1. This also translates into large fields of cars, most with some sort of corporate backing. It all adds up to excellent racing.

The Rahal/Letterman BMW M3s took the first two positions on the grid in qualifying, but fell out of the top spots after some trouble on the track. The Risi Competitzione Ferrari F430, which kissed the wall on Friday's practice, started ninth in class but made it to second position by the end of the first hour. Sandwiched by two Corvettes, the Ferrari battled mightily for the lead but after two and a half hours they lost by 0.331 of a second to the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Jan Magnussen and Johnny O'Connell. The race was clean, with no fenders crushed on either car. The Corvettes may have won the race, but the fact that the Ferrari, driven by Jamie Melo, was even able to race for the win was incredible. The car was three fourths totaled Friday afternoon, and the Risi team had to thrash on the car until the green flag on Sunday to get it back on the track. They went so far as to euthanize their Le Mans-winning back-up chassis for spare parts (including the entire left B-pillar).

Regarding prototypes, it was a predictable outcome. Both classes, LMP1 and LMP2, were taken by an Acura, with Patron Highcroft winning the LMP1 trophy, and Lowe's Fernandez Racing grabbed their seventh win in eight races. I'm just glad there is a huge field at Petit, because these classes were forgettable at best. The Dyson Racing Mazda Lolas (LMP2) contended for the overall lead at the beginning of the race, but eventually fell out of the running, crashing and having electrical issues. . . And that's all the serious competition any Acura faced. Maybe I just don't like Hondas . . . yeah, that must be it, I can't wait for some European teams to come stomp the ARX-02s into the Georgia clay . ..

A full race report can be found at Speedtv.com


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