A Muscle Milk Victory and Championships Galore at VIR
Gavin, Milner, Popow and MacNeil claim class titles
DANVILLE, Va. (Sept. 15 2012) - Muscle Milk Pickett Racing returned to its winning ways Saturday in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, the same day where three class driver championship battles ended at VIRginia International Raceway. It marked a magical day for the ALMS in its debut at VIR.
Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr teamed for a three-lap victory in the four-hour race driving Muscle Milk's Honda Performance Development ARX-03a. The day also belonged to Corvette Racing's Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, who clinched the GT title with a class victory; and Alex Job Racing's Cooper MacNeil, who clinched the GT Challenge championship thanks to a class win with Leh Keen.
CORE autosport's Alex Popow wrapped up the Prototype Challenge title with a third-place class finish in the No. 06 ORECA FLM09 as CORE teammates Colin Braun and Jon Bennett won in the No. 05 entry.
The P1 and P2 championships will go down to the season's final race - Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta. Level 5 Motorsports' Christophe Bouchut and Scott Tucker won in P2 in a back-and-forth affair with Conquest Racing's David Heinemeier-Hansson and Martin Plowman.
In GT, Gavin and Milner led twice for more than three hours and took the lead for good at the one-hour, 15-minute mark in the No. 4 Corvette C6 ZR1. Gavin made his 100th ALMS start a memorable one by clinching his fourth class championship. Milner won his first at his home track to go along with a class victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2011.
The victory also sewed up the team championship for Corvette Racing and manufacturer title for Chevrolet.