ALMS »

Four in a row as de Ferran dominates

Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud went flag-to-flag to win the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, securing their fourth consecutive overall victory in the American Le Mans Series in the process.

Team owner de Ferran qualified in pole position, and the pairing won at Mid-Ohio for the first time in their careers on the weekend that de Ferran confirmed he will stand down from his driving duties at the end of the season.

The victorious team boss crossed the finish line in the de Ferran XM Acura ARX-02a 8.358 seconds ahead of Patron Highcroft Racing's David Brabham and the Acura that he drove with LMP1 championship co-leader Scott Sharp.

The emotions of the weekend were just as challenging for de Ferran as the race itself. Team fueler Keith Jones was badly injured in a pitlane fire at Mid-Ohio last year. Winning for the first time at the circuit and on the weekend where he announced he will retire as a driver at the end of the season were tough to overcome.

“Certainly what happened here last year was a huge landmark in my life and to all of our team,” de Ferran said, trying to hold back tears. “At the end of the day, you cannot perform if you are a complete mess. You have to keep your emotions in check at all times and be 100 per cent rational. This was my mostemotional race. Mind management is very important . But crossing the finish line – I couldn't hold back.”

But it was a joyful celebration. The former two-time CART champion and Indy 500 winner watched Pagenaud drive a brilliant opening stint against Sharp. The young Frenchman drove the first 77 minutes before handing off to de Ferran, who didn't give up the lead. A quick splash late was all the Acura needed.

“We have had a good weekend,” said Pagenaud, who set the fastest race lap for the third straight event. “The crew made good decisions at the right time. It is great to have an improvement over the year. It was a fun race to drive. We managed to save a lot of fuel in my stint. “

Intersport Racing's local tandem of Jon and Clint Field drove their AER-powered Lola B06/10 to a third-place P1 finish. The father-son duo was fifth overall.

Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz won their fifth LMP2 race of the year and were third overall in the Lowe's Fernandez Racing Acura ARX-01b. The class championship leaders won the race with a short-fill for fuel on the race's final caution period while running second to Dyson Racing's Marino Franchitti.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
American Lemans Series. 7-9 August, 2009. Acura Sports Car Challenge. Mid Ohio Sportscar Course. Lexington, Ohio. Race winner`s, Simon Pagenaud and Gil de Ferran.
The Highcroft Racing team celebrates second place at the Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring just seven days after taking delivery of its new HPD ARX-01e   [pic credit: Highcroft Racing]
The Highcroft Racing team celebrates second place at the Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring just seven days after taking delivery of its new HPD ARX-01e   [pic credit: Highcroft Racing]
The Highcroft Racing team celebrates Michelin Green-X Challenge victory at Sebring   [pic credit: Highcroft Racing]
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.
#1 Patron Highcroft Racing HPD ARX-01C`s Simon Pagenaud followed by Klaus Graf`s Porsche.
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.
#1 Patron Highcroft Racing HPD ARX-01C`s Simon Pagenaud followed by Klaus Graf`s Porsche.
David Brabham - Patron Highcroft Racing
David Brabham - Patron Highcroft Racing
David Brabham celebrates with Simon Pagenaud and Duncan Dayton
27-29 August, 2010, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
#100 Patron Highcroft HPD`s Simon Pagenaud followed by #6 Porsche.
27-29 August, 2010, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
#100 Patron Highcroft HPD`s Simon Pagenaud..
27-29 August, 2010, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
#52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca FLM09`s Luis Diaz.
27-29 August, 2010, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
#100 Patron Highcroft HPD`s Simon Pagenaud.
27-29 August, 2010, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
#100 Patron Highcroft HPD`s Simon Pagenaud through turn 3.
27-29 August, 2010, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
#100 Patron Highcroft HPD`s Simon Pagenaud..
27-29 August, 2010, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
#100 Patron Highcroft HPD`s Simon Pagenaud..

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.