2008 Detroit Sports Car Challenge

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The Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch was the ninth round of the 2008 American Le Mans Series season. It took place at the Belle Isle temporary street circuit, Michigan on August 30, 2008.

Report[edit]

Andretti Green Racing scored their first overall victory, as well as the second overall victory for the Acura program. Audi failed to win the LMP1 category for the first time all season after one car crashed and the other was disqualified for a rule infraction. Intersport Racing, the lone remaining LMP1 competitor, earned the class win.[1] Flying Lizard managed to finish the race with all three of their Porsches in the top four in GT2 to help extend their lead over the Tafel Racing Ferraris, while Corvette Racing easily led the GT1 category.

This race marked the first time since the debut of the Porsche RS Spyder at the 2005 Monterey Sports Car Championships that Porsche failed to finish in a podium position in the LMP2 class; the Acuras of Highcroft Racing and de Ferran Motorsport completed the LMP2 and overall podium behind the Andretti Green Acura, and ahead of the #7 Penske Racing Porsche in fourth.

Race results[edit]

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).[2]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tire Laps
Engine
1 LMP2 26 United States Andretti Green Racing France Franck Montagny
United Kingdom James Rossiter
Acura ARX-01B M 104
Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8
2 LMP2 9 United States Patrón Highcroft Racing United States Scott Sharp
Australia David Brabham
Acura ARX-01B M 104
Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8
3 LMP2 66 United States de Ferran Motorsports Brazil Gil de Ferran
France Simon Pagenaud
Acura ARX-01B M 104
Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8
4 LMP2 7 United States Penske Racing Germany Timo Bernhard
France Romain Dumas
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 104
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
5 LMP2 6 United States Penske Racing United States Patrick Long
Australia Ryan Briscoe
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 104
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
6 LMP2 16 United States Dyson Racing United States Chris Dyson
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 103
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
7 LMP2 8 United States B-K Motorsports United States Gerardo Bonilla
United Kingdom Ben Devlin
Lola B07/46 D 103
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
(E85 ethanol)
8 LMP2 20 United States Dyson Racing United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 102
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
9 GT1 4 United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Monaco Olivier Beretta
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 100
Chevrolet LS7-R 7.0 L V8
(E85 ethanol)
10 GT1 3 United States Corvette Racing United States Johnny O'Connell
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 100
Chevrolet LS7-R 7.0 L V8
(E85 ethanol)
11 GT2 45 United States Flying Lizard Motorsports Germany Jörg Bergmeister
Germany Wolf Henzler
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 98
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
12 GT2 46 United States Flying Lizard Motorsports United States Johannes van Overbeek
France Patrick Pilet
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 98
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
13 GT2 62 United States Risi Competizione Brazil Jaime Melo
Finland Mika Salo
Ferrari F430GT M 98
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
14 GT2 44 United States Flying Lizard Motorsports 44 United States Lonnie Pechnik
Austria Martin Ragginger
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 98
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
15 GT2 61 United States Risi Competizione United States Harrison Brix
United Kingdom Rob Bell
Ferrari F430GT M 98
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
16 GT2 73 United States Tafel Racing United States Jim Tafel
United States Alex Figge
Ferrari F430GT M 95
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
17 GT2 11 United States Primetime Race Group United States Joel Feinberg
United Kingdom Chris Hall
Dodge Viper Competition Coupe H 94
Dodge 8.3 L V10
18 GT1 008 United States Bell Motorsports United States Terry Borcheller
United States Chapman Ducote
Aston Martin DBR9 D 93
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
19 GT2 40 United States Robertson Racing United States David Robertson
United States Andrea Robertson
United States David Murry
Ford GT-R Mk.VII D 89
Ford 5.0 L V8
20 GT2 71 United States Tafel Racing Germany Dominik Farnbacher
Germany Dirk Müller
Ferrari F430GT M 88
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
21
DNF
GT2 21 United States Panoz Team PTG United States Tom Milner, Jr.
United States Tom Sutherland
Panoz Esperante GT-LM D 87
Ford (Élan) 5.0 L V8
22 LMP1 37 United States Intersport Racing United States Jon Field
United States Clint Field
United States Richard Berry
Lola B06/10 D 83
AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8
(E85 ethanol)
23 LMP2 15 Mexico Lowe's Fernández Racing Mexico Adrian Fernández
Mexico Luis Díaz
Acura ARX-01B M 83
Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8
24
DNF
GT2 54 United States Black Swan Racing United States Tim Pappas
United States Anthony Lazzaro
Ford GT-R Mk.VII F 49
Ford 5.0 L V8
25
DNF
GT2 18 Germany VICI Racing Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli
Netherlands Francesco Pastorelli
Germany Marc Basseng
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR K 38
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
26
DNF
LMP1 2 United States Audi Sport North America Germany Marco Werner
Germany Lucas Luhr
Audi R10 TDI M 21
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
27
DNF
GT2 007 United Kingdom Drayson-Barwell United Kingdom Paul Drayson
United Kingdom Jonny Cocker
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 D 1
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
(E85 ethanol)
DSQ LMP1 1 United States Audi Sport North America Italy Emanuele Pirro
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Audi R10 TDI M 104
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)

† - The #1 Audi Sport North America entry was disqualified after the car failed post-race technical inspection. The car was under the minimum weight requirement for its class.[1][2]

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #9 Patrón Highcroft Racig - 1:13.483[3]
  • Fastest Lap - #9 Patrón Highcroft Racing - 1:15.540[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Detroit Domination: Acura, AGR win on Belle Isle". American Le Mans Series. 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2008-09-02. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "ALMS Final Race Report" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  3. ^ "ALMS Qualifying Report" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 


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