American Le Mans Series A Muscle Milk Victory and Championships Galore at VIR

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    Gavin, Milner, Popow and MacNeil claim class titles


    DANVILLE, Va. - Muscle Milk Pickett Racing returned to its winning ways Saturday in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, the same day where three class driver championship battles ended at VIRginia International Raceway. It marked a magical day for the ALMS in its debut at VIR.

    Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr teamed for a three-lap victory in the four-hour race in Muscle Milk’s Honda Performance Development ARX-03a. The day also belonged to Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, who clinched the GT title with a class victory; and Alex Job Racing’s Cooper MacNeil, who clinched the GT Challenge championship thanks to a class win with Leh Keen.

    CORE autosport’s Alex Popow wrapped up the Prototype Challenge title with a third-place class finish in the No. 06 ORECA FLM09 as CORE teammates Colin Braun and Jon Bennett won in the No. 05 entry.

    The P1 and P2 championships will go down the season’s final race ”“ Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta. Level 5 Motorsports’ Christophe Bouchut and Scott Tucker won in P2 in a back-and-forth affair with Conquest Racing’s David Heinemeier-Hansson and Martin Plowman.

    After two races with electrical and mechanical issues, the Muscle Milk HPD ran faultless for the entire weekend. Graf took pole position and set an all-time VIR lap record for the 17-turn, 3.27-mile layout. Luhr recorded the fastest lap of the race and also went quicker than the previous record.

    In GT, Gavin and Milner led twice for more than 3h 15m and took the lead for good at the 1h 14m mark. Gavin made his 100th ALMS start a memorable one by clinching his fourth class championship. Milner won his first to go along with a class victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2011.

    Their victory Saturday also sewed up the team championship for Corvette Racing and manufacturer title for Chevrolet.

    MacNeil and Keen looked destined for a runner-up finish in GTC but took the lead on the next-to-last lap when JDX Racing’s Michael Valiante stopped for a late splash of fuel. Keen held off NGT Motorsport’s Jeroen Bleekemolen by 0.423 seconds.

    The victory was the second of the year for MacNeil ”“ icing on the cake for his rookie campaign.

    Popow finished on the PC podium for the eighth time in as many races to win his first ALMS championship. He has four wins in his rookie season.

    The final race of the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. The 1,000-mile/10-hour race from Road Atlanta is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, Oct 20. ABC's broadcast begins at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 21. Full, live coverage starts at 11:15 a.m. ET on ESPN3.

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    VIR 240
    Virginia International Raceway, Danville, Va.
    Saturday's results

    1. (1) Klaus Graf, Germany; Lucas Luhr, Germany; HPD ARX-03a Honda (1, P1), 135.
    2. (2) Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, Beverley, UK; Johnny Mowlem, England; Lola B12/60 Mazda (2, P1), 132.
    3. (5) Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Christophe Bouchut, France; HPD ARX-03b Honda (3, P2), 131.
    4. (4) David Heinemeier-Hansson, Chicago, IL; Martin Plowman, Indianapolis, IN; Morgan/Nissan (4, P2), 131.
    5. (6) Ricardo Gonzalez, Mexico; Luis Diaz, Mexico; Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; HPD ARX-03b (5, P2), 131.
    6. (7) Jon Bennett, Fort Mill, SC; Colin Braun, Ovalo, TX; Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet (6, PC), 128.
    7. (11) Rudy Junco, Monterrey, Mex; Marino Franchitti, Edinburgh, UK; Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet (7, PC), 127.
    8. (9) Alex Popow, Lecheria, VE; Thomas Kimber-Smith, England; Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet (8, PC), 127.
    9. (16) Oliver Gavin; Tommy Milner, Leesburg, VA; Corvette C6-ZR1 (1, GT), 126.
    10. (18) Jörg Bergmeister; Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (2, GT), 126.
    11. (14) Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; Ferrari F458 Italia (3, GT), 126.
    12. (20) Bill Auberlen, Hermosa Beach, CA; Jorg Müller, Germany; BMW E92 M3 (4, GT), 126.
    13. (10) Bruno Junqueira; Tomy Drissi, Hollywood, CA; Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet (5, PC), 125.
    14. (19) Marco Holzer, Austria; Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (6, GT), 125.
    15. (13) Henri Richard, Los Altos Hills, CA; Duncan Ende, Los Angeles; Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet (7, PC), 124.
    16. (23) Townsend Bell, Santa Monica, CA; Bill Sweedler, Westport, CT; Lotus Evora/Cosworth (8, GT), 124.
    17. (21) Bryan Sellers, Centerville, OH; Wolf Henzler; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (9, GT), 123.
    18. (17) Jan Magnussen, Roskilde, DK; Antonio Garcia, Barcelona, ES; Corvette C6-ZR1 (10, GT), 122.
    19. (12) Eric Lux, Williamsville, NY; Tony Burgess, Canada; Pablo Sanchez, Mexico City, Mex; Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet (11, PC), 121.
    20. (15) Dirk Müller, Tagerwilen, CH; Jonathan Summerton, Kissimmee, FL; BMW E92 M3 (12, GT), 120.
    21. (28) Cooper MacNeil, Hinsdale, IL; Leh Keen, Dublin, GA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (1, GTC), 118.
    22. (26) Henrique Cisneros, Miami, FL; Jeroen Bleekemolen, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (2, GTC), 118.
    23. (27) Chris Cumming, Vancouver, BC; Michael Valiante, Vancouver, BC; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (3, GTC), 118.
    24. (25) Peter LeSaffre, Rye, NH; Damien Faulkner, Mouille, IE; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (4, GTC), 118.
    25. (31) Emilio Di Guida, Venezuela; Spencer Pumpelly, Atlanta, GA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (5, GTC), 116.
    26. (29) Angel Andres Benitez Jr., Valencia, VE; Angel Rafael Benitez Sr., Valencia, VE; Jeroen Bleekemolen, Netherlands; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (6, GTC), 116.
    27. (30) Michael Avenatti, Laguna Beach, CA; Bob Faieta, Tujunga, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (7, GTC), 114.
    28. (22) Bryce Miller, Hoboken, NJ; Sascha Maassen, Aachen, DE; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (13, GT), 98.
    29. (3) Mark Patterson, Bronxville, NY; Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Michael Marsal, Bedford, NY; Lola B11/66 Mazda (14, P1), 94.
    30. (24) Guy Cosmo, Long Island, NY; Ed Brown, Las Vegas, NV; Ferrari F458 Italia (15, GT), 93.
    31. (8) Kyle Marcelli, Barrie, ON; Lucas Downs, Butterfiled, MN; Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet (16, PC), 32, Accident.


    American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón VIR 240


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