American Le Mans Series Yet Another Incident Deters Green Hornet from Top Results at VIR

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    Alton, VA (September 17, 2012)- Following the team’s fifth pole position and another strong race-run, Green Hornet Racing was once again denied the opportunity to capitalize on their performance following yet another on-track incident during Saturday’s VIR 240. Running in the penultimate round of The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, the team would manage to rebound and take fourth place honors, however the frustration within the team was obvious.

    Driving the no. 34 Fusion Trade Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Team Owner and Driver Peter LeSaffre was first behind the wheel. Despite a chaotic first turn that saw much of the field avoiding a spinning prototype, LeSaffre kept his nose clean and drove a fairly uneventful stint. Keeping consistent lap times and managing his vehicle for the four-hour race, the team look poised to finally capitalize on the potential that they’ve demonstrated all year.

    Following the 70-minute mark, LeSaffre handed the car over to Co-Driver Damien Faulkner, who would assume the GT-Challenge (GTC) lead once pit stops cycled through. As the first-ever series visit to the scenic, 3.27-mile Virginia International Raceway circuit, passing would prove increasingly difficult as time wore on. Featuring a constant series of corners and elevation changes, the multi-class format of the ALMS would lead to several bottlenecks by drivers negotiating through traffic. With some drivers becoming increasingly desperate to pass, the slower GTC category was proving to be a bit of a target for some prototype vehicles, which would eventually bite Faulkner hard.

    Only twenty minutes in to his stint, the no. 95 LMP2 entry of Ricardo Gonzales made a daring move around Faulkner headed in to the turn-five complex, causing the two to make contact and eventually cut down Faulkner’s tire. Having to drive the full circuit at a crawl in order to avoid further damage, Faulkner would lose a lap to the GTC field in the process. With the race essentially staying “green” for the remainder of the race, the lack of caution flags would prevent the team from making up any ground, eventually settling for fourth by time the checkered flag fell.

    For Team Owner Peter LeSaffre, extreme frustration best summarizes his weekend.

    “It was extremely frustrating to have the weekend end the way it did,” stated LeSaffre. “I’ve lost count of how many incidents we’ve been caught in this year, and it seems like nothing can be done about it. I don’t know how a pass could have been made in turn five like that, he would have needed wings to make that work. Stop and go penalties don’t have much effect on some of these classes when there’s only three cars entered, something needs to be figured out. We spend a lot of money to come here every weekend and get crashed in to.”

    "Getting hit yet again feels totally unacceptable,” stated Faulkner. “Peter has invested so much into this team, employing the best people to bring in the results. Yet week after week we are taken out by overly aggressive drivers. There needs to be a definitive deterrent to stamp this out. I feel sorry for the whole crew for all of their hard work".

    With only one round remaining in the season, the entire Green Hornet team will now begin preparation for one of the signature events in the series, next month’s 15th Annual Petit Le Mans.

    Practice will begin on Wednesday, October 17, with the 10-hour classic taking place on Saturday, October 20. Live streaming of the race can been seen at 11:15AM ET on ESPN3.com, with recorded coverage on ABC one day later at 1PM ET.


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    ABOUT GREEN HORNET RACING
    Having run a partial 2011 campaign in partnership with other organizations, Green Hornet Racing embarks on its first full season effort for the 2012 season, this year running an in-house campaign in the American Le Mans Series GT-C ranks. Coming off of a 2011 season that featured improved finishes at every race, capped off with the team's first podium at Laguna Seca, the team looks to 2012 as a new opportunity to perform at the top level of professional sportscar racing. Having assembled a top-flight team of experienced engineers and technicians, the crew behind this new organization have amassed a number of wins and championships, and combined with a strong driver line-up, the team will be a contender at every race.

    Full Team Reports and Information can be found at www.greenhornetracing.com.



    Source:
    Green Hornet Racing


    Races:
    American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón VIR 240




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