Last-Lap Heroics Send Drayson to Road America Victory

By Auto News Log • August 22nd, 2010

Cocker’s winning pass with two turns left gives Lola-Judd stunning victory

Jonny Cocker went from fourth to first in the last four laps Sunday as Drayson Racing won its first race in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Cocker passed Muscle Milk Team CytoSport’s Klaus Graf with two turns left at Road America and won the American Le Mans Series powered by eStar by 1.051 seconds in the Lola-Judd coupe that he shares with Paul Drayson.

Cocker was 6.295 seconds quicker than Graf, who drove with Timo Bernhard, on the final lap. The young Brit passed the Porsche RS Spyder when leading prototype balked while low on fuel during the final lap.

Patrón Highcroft Racing’s David Brabham and Simon Pagenaud placed third in LMP, only 4.915 seconds behind the winning Lola-Judd.

It was an incredible weekend for Drayson. Cocker was on pole position for the second straight race and set the fastest race lap, and the team won the LMP category in the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge, a competition within the race that awards teams for overall performance and environmental efficiency.

In LMP Challenge, Gunnar Jeannette and Elton Julian won for the third time this year in G-Oil’s Green Earth Team Gunnar ORECA FLM09. Jeannette finished the race 21 seconds ahead of class pole-winner Luis Diaz in the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports entry he drove with Ricardo Gonzalez.

Scott Tucker and Andy Wallace finished third in class for Level 5 Motorsports. Tucker and Level 5 retained the class championship lead by 4 points over Jeannette and GETG.

BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team won in GT for the second straight year with Joey Hand and Dirk Müller taking a 2.617-second victory in their BMW M3 GT. Patrick Long and Jörg Bergmeister finished second for Flying Lizard Motorsports in their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, just ahead of Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in their Corvette C6.R.

The top nine cars in class finished on the lead lap. Team Falken Tire’s Porsche of Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler won the GT portion of the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge.

Black Swan Racing’s Tim Pappas and Jeroen Bleekemolen won in GT Challenge for the fourth time in five races. Bleekemolen crossed the finish line in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car a lap ahead of Galen Bieker in the WERKS II Racing Porsche he drove with Robert Rodriguez. Velox Motorsports’ pairing of Vic Rice and Shane Lewis placed third after leading early.

The Black Swan car led the last 24 laps, and the Pappas/Bleekemolen pairing increased its lead in the driver standings and moved into first place in the class’ team standings.

American Le Mans Series powered by eStar – Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Sunday’s results:

1. (1) Paul Drayson, London, GB; Jonny Cocker, Guisborough, GB; Lola B09 60/Judd (1, LMP), 69.
2. (3) Timo Bernhard, Dittweiler; Klaus Graf, Germany; Porsche RS Spyder (2, LMP), 69.
3. (5) Simon Pagenaud, Montmorrillon, FR; David Brabham, Maidenhead, GB; HPD ARX-01c (3, LMP), 69.
4. (2) Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, Bracken, Yorkshire; Lola B09 86/Mazda (4, LMP), 69.
5. (8) Elton Julian, Santa Monica, CA; Gunnar Jeannette, Salt Lake City, UT; Oreca FLM09 (1, LMPC), 67.
6. (6) Ricardo Gonzalez, Monterrey; Luis Diaz, Mexico City; Oreca FLM09 (2, LMPC), 67.
7. (14) Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; Dirk Mueller, Monte Carlo, Monaco; BMW E92 M3 (1, GT), 66.
8. (15) Joerg Bergmeister, Langenfield, DE; Patrick Long, Bellaire, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (2, GT), 66.
9. (11) Olivier Beretta, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Oliver Gavin, Yardley Hastings, GB; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (3, GT), 66.
10. (12) Johnny O’Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Jan Magnussen, Roskilde, DK; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (4, GT), 66.
11. (26) Ed Brown, Las Vegas, NV; Guy Cosmo, West Palm Beach, FL; Ferrari 430 GT (5, GT), 66.
12. (17) Jaime Melo, Milan, IT; Gianmaria Bruni, Rome, IT; Ferrari 430 GT (6, GT), 66.
13. (9) Andy Wallace, England; Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Oreca FLM09 (3, LMPC), 66.
14. (13) Pierre Kaffer, Salenstein; Mika Salo, Monte Carlo; Ferrari 430 GT (7, GT), 66.
15. (16) Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; Ferrari 430 GT (8, GT), 66.
16. (30) Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (9, GT), 66.
17. (19) Wolf Henzler, Nuertingen, DE; Bryan Sellers, Braselton, GA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (10, GT), 65.
18. (22) Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Jeroen Bleekemolen, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (1, GTC), 64.
19. (27) Robert Rodriguez, Zephyr Cove, NY; Galen Bieker, Burbank, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (2, GTC), 63.
20. (28) Shane Lewis, Jupiter, FL; Vic Rice, San Rafael, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (3, GTC), 63.
21. (29) Romeo Kapudija, Lincolnwood, IL; Bill Sweedler, Westport, CT; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (4, GTC), 63.
22. (23) Duncan Ende, Los Angeles, CA; Andy Lally, New York, NY; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (5, GTC), 63.
23. (31) Loren Beggs, Montclair, CA; Doug Baron, Pacific Palisades, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (6, GTC), 61.
24. (20) David Murry, Atlanta, GA; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Design Ford GT (11, GT), 59.
25. (4) Johnny Mowlem, London; Tony Burgess, Toronto; Bryan Willman, Kirkland, WA; Lola B06 10/AER (5, LMP), 59.
26. (7) Kyle Marcelli, Barrie, ON; Chapman Ducote, Miami, FL; Oreca FLM09 (4, LMPC), 47.
27. (10) Christian Zugel, Holmdel, NJ; Frankie Montecalvo, Highlands, NJ; Oreca FLM09 (5, LMPC), 36.
28. (25) Luke Hines, Essex; Bryce Miller, Summit, NJ; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (7, GTC), 36.
29. (21) Ryan Dalziel, Orlando, FL; Marc Goossens, Huntersville, NC; Jaguar XKRS (12, GT), 26.
30. (18) Bill Auberlen, Redondo Beach, CA; Tommy Milner, Leesburg, VA; BMW E92 M3 (13, GT), 8, Contact.
31. (33) Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Christophe Bouchut, France; Oreca FLM09 (6, LMPC), 8.
32. (24) Bret Curtis, Valencia, CA; James Sofronas, Newport Beach, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (8, GTC), 8, Gearbox.
33. (32) Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B06/10 AER (6, LMP), 6, Mechanical.

Source: American Le Mans Series

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