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de Ferran secures third successive win

It was Mazda's first class victory in the Series since Mid-Ohio in 2005 when Guy Cosmo and Jamie Bach won in a Mazda rotary-powered Courage in P2.

Fernandez and Diaz placed second in class Saturday. Gunnar van der Steur and Adam Pecorari placed third in van der Steur Racing's Radical SR9-AER, the first race for the team since St. Petersburg last year.

Jörg Bergmeister won in GT2 for the fourth straight year as he and Patrick Long extended their class victory streak to four races. The Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, a new tub since its last race at Utah, won by a lap over Risi Competizione's Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer – the reigning Le Mans class winners - in their Ferrari F430 GT.

“I think I'm with the right teams and the right teammates,” Bergmeister said of his Lime Rock dominance. “The new car was really performing well. I got in the car with an 18-second lead and tried to maintain that gap. Jaime was pushing really hard before they received a penalty (for speeding in pit lane). Then the guys told me I could take it a little easier.”

Long made what turned out to be the winning pass barely a half-hour in. The two cars ran nose-to-tail from the start and also mixed it up with BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team's two BMW M3s as well. America's lone Porsche factory driver had been pushing Kaffer's Ferrari for a number of laps and was never more than a half-second behind.

BMW Rahal Letterman Racing's Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand placed third in class with their BMW M3, the pairing's first podium of the year.

Bob Faieta and Wesley Hoaglund won the Challenge class in their Gruppe Orange Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry. They appeared headed for a runner-up finish before the leading Snow Racing Porsche suffered a failed starter on its last stop.

“I lost radio contact and didn't know what was going on. So I just drove as hard as I could,” said Faieta, the class pole-winner Friday. “I kept seeing them in the pitlane.

“The track is tight and technical but you couldn't ask for a better race track. The weather was awesome, the track was great. Gruppe Orange put together a great team. Traffic really wasn't an issue. These guys are so professional that they never put me in a bad spot.”

ORBIT Racing's Ed Brown and Bill Sweedler were second in class, with a second Gruppe Orange entry of Nick Parker and Donald Pickering in third.



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American Lemans Series.  17-18  July 2009. Northeast Grand Prix. Lime Rock Park. Lakeville, Cn. USA. Simon Pagenaud and Gil de Ferran, race winner.
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#45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#1 Patron Highcroft Racing HPD ARX-01C`s Simon Pagenaud and #44 Porsche.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#7 Audi Sport North America Audi R15 TDI and #16 Dyson Lola.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#1 Patron Highcroft Racing HPD ARX-01C`s Simon Pagenaud followed by Klaus Graf`s Porsche.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#45 & #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR followed by #3 Corvette and #7 Audi.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#1 Patron Highcroft Racing HPD ARX-01C`s Simon Pagenaud and #44 Porsche.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#7 Audi Sport North America Audi R15 TDI and #16 Dyson Lola.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

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