Video: Closest-ever finish in ALMS thriller at Road America
- 19th August 2012, 8:43 at 8:43 am #131969Keith CollantineKeymaster
Guy Smith held off Lucas Luhr by 0.083s in a thrilling finish to yesterday’s American Le Mans Series race at Road America.
Luhr and team mate Klaus Graf had a race of recovery in the Pickett Racing HPD after a water leak cost them four laps.
However they were able to recover the deficit through the four-hour race and a final safety car period brought them within range of the leaders with a quarter of an hour to go.
Luhr spent the final laps of the race chasing down Guy Smith (Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda). The leaders also had to make up ground after starting near-last following a gearbox glitch in qualifying.
The video below takes up the story from there – the final two laps are especially intense viewing as the leaders dodge through traffic around the high-speed Road America track – and Luhr makes a do-or-die move at the final corner…19th August 2012, 9:06 at 9:06 am #207705The_PopeMember
Wow. I’ve never watched it before but this was great. I don’t know who the Geordie commentator is but he makes a nice change :)19th August 2012, 9:08 at 9:08 am #20770691jb12Participant
John Hindhaugh (I think i got the surname right!), he’s a really entertaining commentator and he does loads of sportscar stuff for radio le mans etc, I think he’s great19th August 2012, 9:16 at 9:16 am #207707MethylONEParticipant
Great finish, I couldn’t call it at any point, I kept changing my mind. Fantastic.19th August 2012, 12:44 at 12:44 pm #207708Omar de la CruzParticipant
Wow, great to see the battle go on even through heavy traffic! I thought it was about Bergmeister and Magnussen again, reminds me of this one:22nd August 2012, 10:34 at 10:34 am #207709-A-Participant
That’s skill and a few delicate chunks of luck in combination. I really enjoyed watching this. Especially since you can see they respected each other and didn’t manage to take each other off on the run to the checkered flag…22nd August 2012, 23:18 at 11:18 pm #207710F1YankeeParticipant
John Hindhaugh (I think i got the surname right!), he’s a really entertaining commentator and he does loads of sportscar stuff for radio le mans etc, I think he’s great
i agree, he’s 1 of my top 5. his partner there, who’s name escapes me, is also good. at le mans, he had some some excellent racing stories from the good/bad old days.23rd August 2012, 8:48 at 8:48 am #207711Victor_ROParticipant
his partner there, who’s name escapes me, is also good. at le mans, he had some some excellent racing stories from the good/bad old days.
Jeremy Shaw. Ex-pat Brit, runs a “driver ladder” for young US drivers and used to commentate on CART alongside Ben Edwards for Eurosport.
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