Aston Martin Racing triumphed in its American Le Mans Series return Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with drivers Adrian Fernandez, Stefan Mucke and Harold Primat taking the Gulf-liveried Lola-Aston Martin to a three-lap victory in the six-hour California enduro.
The trio battled all day with Lola-Mazdas fielded by Dyson Racing and Oryx Dyson Racing, as well as the Lola-Aston Martin fielded by Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing.
“It has been a difficult year for all of us with the new car at Aston Martin. It was nice to come back with the older car and know it’s reliable,” said Fernandez.
“This is only Harold and myself, our 2nd race with the car, so the next at Petit will be important for us. The racing in the ALMS right now is fantastic racing. The Mazdas and the Muscle Milk car were really competitive and I think we were all really pushing close up until the last 30 minutes or so.”
Dyson Racing’s P1 title was unofficially confirmed when Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing went behind the wall after three and a half hours to replace a fuel pump.
“This is an absolutely fantastic result for the whole team. It is a great feeling to be standing back on the top step of the podium and the whole team should be proud of today’s result. Everyone has worked extremely hard to keep improving the car step by step and today’s victory is testimony to all that effort.”
Results - 248 laps: Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap 1. P1 Fernandez/Primat/Mucke AMR Lola-Aston 6h01m02.936s 2. P1 Dyson/Smith/Cochran Dyson Lola-Mazda + 3 laps 3. P1 Al Masaood/Kane/Leitzinger Dyson Lola-Mazda + 3 laps 4. P2 Tucker/Bouchut/Diaz Level 5 HPD + 7 laps 5. PC Lux/Julian/Guasch Genoa FLM + 7 laps 6. PC Jeannette/Gonzalez/Junco CORE Autosport FLM + 7 laps 7. PC Ducote/Ducote/Marcelli Intersport FLM + 9 laps 8. PC Bennett/Montecalvo/Wallace CORE Autosport FLM + 9 laps 9. PC Moro/Drissi/Vera Intersport FLM + 11 laps 10. UNC Dumas/Lietz Porsche Hybrid + 12 laps 11. GT Bergmeister/Long Flying Lizard Porsche + 12 laps 12. GT Muller/Hand RLL BMW + 12 laps 13. GT Sharp/van Overbeek Extreme Speed Ferrari + 12 laps 14. GT Auberlen/Werner RLL BMW + 12 laps 15. GT Gavin/Magnussen Corvette + 12 laps 16. GT Melo/Vilander Risi Ferrari + 12 laps 17. PC Nicolosi/Boon/Lueders Performance Tech FLM + 13 laps 18. GT Beretta/Milner Corvette + 13 laps 19. PC Dobson/Richard/Villeneuve PR1 Mathiasen FLM + 16 laps 20. GT Brown/Cosmo Extreme Speed Ferrari + 17 laps 21. GT Neiman/Holzer Flying Lizard Porsche + 18 laps 22. GT Miller/Maassen Miller Porsche + 24 laps 23. GTC Ende/Pumpelly/Ludwig TRG Porsche + 26 laps 24. GTC Pappas/Bleekemolen/Bleekemolen Black Swan Porsche + 26 laps 25. GTC LeSaffre/Faulkner Green Hornet Porsche + 27 laps 26. P1 Burgess/McMurry/Willman Autocon Lola-AER + 28 laps 27. GTC Sweedler/Wong/Lewis Alex Job Porsche + 28 laps 28. GTC Sofronas/Welch GMG Porsche + 28 laps 29. GTC von Moltke/Buckler/di Guida TRG Porsche + 32 laps 30. GTC Ragginger/Kauffmann/Cisnero NGT Porsche + 33 laps 31. GTC Ham/Thompson/Blackett JDX Porsche + 35 laps 32. P1 Luhr/Graf Muscle Milk Lola-Aston + 48 laps Retirements: GT Junqueira/Wilden RSR Jaguar 186 laps GT Henzler/Sellers Falken Porsche 101 laps GTC Avenatti/Faieta/Wagner Competition Porsche 96 laps GT Jones/Moran RSR Jaguar 5 laps