Porsche underlined it’s leading position in the American Le Mans Series scoring the second win of the season. On the city course in St. Petersburg/Florida, Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) won the LMP2 class with their 476 hp RS Spyder, after taking the overall victory at the season-opening Sebring 12 hour race. With this success, they further increase their lead in the championship.
In summery temperatures on the Gulf of Mexico, fans at the second race of the season got their money’s worth. They witnessed exciting fights for positions and countless overtaking manoeuvres. Romain Dumas gave the most spectacular performance at the wheel of the #7 RS Spyder when he overtook two opponents at once on the outside to snatch the lead. After spins and collisions on the narrow street circuit the safety car was constantly out on the track. During the final caution phase Romain Dumas led the field, however at the restart, just two-and-a-half minutes before the flag, he lost the front position on the long straight and with it the chance of overall victory.
“That was a fantastic fight to the last lap. It’s a shame that the race was decided through the yellow flags, but in a street race this is normal. Still, we took the maximum out of this race,” said Romain Dumas, satisfied with his result. Timo Bernhard, who laid the foundation to success with a perfect start and swift lap times in the opening phase of the race, agreed wholeheartedly with his team mate: “This was a crucial win for us and for Porsche. A city race is never easy. You have to have a good mix between attack and patience – and you can’t afford to lose a second in the pits. Again, the Penske Racing crew did a super job. How they got us into the lead after the first pit stop was absolutely great.”
Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas celebrated the eighth class victory in succession at the American Le Mans Series. Porsche has proven unbeatable in the LMP2 class for the last 13 rounds. “Our goal was to increase our lead in the championship with a class win. And we did it”, concluded Dieter Steinhauser, Head of Motorsport Development, after the race in America’s ‘Sunshine State’.
Porsche’s success was made perfect by Sascha Maassen (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) claiming third with their #6 RS Spyder, and with this also climbed the podium in the LMP2 class. After its strong showing at the season-opener in Sebring, the American customer racing team, Dyson Racing, again put in a good performance. Chris Dyson (USA) and Guy Smith (Great Britain) crossed the finish line fourth in the LMP2 class.
At the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Flying Lizard Motorsports, Johannes van Overbeek (USA) and Patrick Pilet (Frankreich) ranked second in the GT2 class for near-standard sports cars. Dirk Werner (Germany) and Marc Basseng (Germany) claimed third with their 911 GT3 RSR of the Farnbacher Loles team.