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04/16/10
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Aston Martin tops opening ALMS practice at Long Beach
The confines of the historic Long Beach circuit proved friendly again for Adrian Fernandez. The Mexican star and veteran of 16 open-wheel and sports car races turned the fastest time in Friday morning’s opening practice for the Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. He drove the Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin prototype coupe to a quick lap of 1:15.112 (94.323 mph) around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn circuit.

Fernandez, last year’s LMP2 race-winner, is driving with Harold Primat in the first Long Beach race for the Lola-Aston Martin. Coming into the weekend, the team was unsure how the big prototype would handle the tight turns; the answer was to run as much downforce as possible.

Fernandez finished 1.082 seconds quicker than Simon Pagenaud in Patr¢n Highcroft Racing’s HPD ARX-01c. The young Frenchman won last year’s race with Gil de Ferran, who beat David Brabham – now Pagenaud’s teammate.

Guy Smith finished third in the combined LMP class for Dyson Racing in the Mazda-powered Lola that he will drive with Chris Dyson. Smith’s best time was a 1:16.482 (92.634 mph).

Gunnar Jeannette threw down a quick last lap of the session to go fastest in LMPC for G-Oil’s Green Earth Team Gunnar. Jeannette, second in class at Sebring with teammate Elton Julian and Christian Zugel, went around in 1:18.333 (90.445 mph). His fastest lap was 0.294 seconds better than Johnny Mowlem, who briefly had the class’ fastest time in the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports entry before Jeannette’s late flyer.

Level 5 Motorsports’ Christophe Bouchut was third in class at 1:19.100 (89.568 mph).

Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen was fastest in GT with a lap of 1:21.895 (86.511 mph) in the Corvette C6.R that he will share with Johnny O’Connell. The top eight cars in class were within 0.59 seconds with Gimmi Bruni only 0.008 seconds back in Risi Competizione’s Ferrari F430 GT that he’ll drive with Jaime Melo.

Results

Pos Car Cls ClsP Drivers Team Car Fast lap Behind
1. 007 P 1 H.Primat, A.Fernandez Aston Martin Racing Lola B09/60 Aston Mart 1:15.112 0.000
2. 1 P 2 D.Brabham, S.Pagenaud Patron Highcroft Racing HPD ARX-01c Honda 1:16.194 1.082
3. 16 P 3 C.Dyson, G.Smith Dyson Racing Team Lola B09/86 Mazda 1:16.482 1.370
4. 8 P 4 P.Drayson, J.Cocker Drayson Racing Lola B09/60 Judd 1:17.443 2.331
5. 37 P 5 J.Field, A.Field, N.Konstant Intersport Racing Lola B06/10 AER 1:18.112 3.000
6. 99 PC 1 G.Jeannette, E.Julian Green Earth Team Gunner Oreca FLM09 1:18.333 3.221
7. 52 PC 2 J.Mowlem, T.Papadopoulos PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca FLM09 1:18.627 3.515
8. 6 P 6 G.Pickett, K.Graf Team CytoSport Porsche RS Spyder 1:18.998 3.886
9. 55 PC 3 S.Tucker, C.Bouchut Level 5 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 1:19.100 3.988
10. 36 PC 4 JR.Hildebrand, T.Sutherland Genoa Racing Oreca FLM09 1:19.273 4.161
11. 95 PC 5 S.Tucker, R.Hunter-Reay Level 5 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 1:19.285 4.173
12. 11 PC 6 G.Bonilla, K.Marcelli Performance Tech Oreca FLM09 1:21.797 6.685
13. 3 GT 1 J.Magnussen, J.O'Connell Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 1:21.895 6.783
14. 62 GT 2 J.Melo, G.Bruni Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT 1:21.903 6.791
15. 12 P 7 T.Drissi, K.Davis Autocon Motorsports Lola B06/10-AER 1:22.029 6.917
16. 01 GT 3 S.Sharp, J.van Overbeek Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari 430 GT 1:22.074 6.962
17. 45 GT 4 J.Bergmeister, P.Long Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 1:22.113 7.001
18. 92 GT 5 B.Auberlen, T.Milner BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW E92 M3 1:22.175 7.063
19. 89 PC 7 M.Pagerey, B.Wong Intersport Racing Oreca FLM09 1:22.201 7.089
20. 90 GT 6 J.Hand, D.Mueller BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW E92 M3 1:22.395 7.283
21. 17 GT 7 B.Sellers, W.Henzler Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 1:22.408 7.296
22. 4 GT 8 O.Beretta, O.Gavin Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 1:22.485 7.373
23. 44 GT 9 D.Law, S.Neiman Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 1:22.921 7.809
24. 02 GT 10 E.Brown, G.Cosmo Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari 430 GT 1:23.157 8.045
25. 40 GT 11 D.Robertson, D.Murry Robertson Racing Doran Design Ford GT 1:23.928 8.816
26. 54 GTC 1 T.Pappas, J.Bleekemolen Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:24.207 9.095
27. 23 GTC 2 B.Sweedler, R.Kapudija Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:25.054 9.942
28. 69 GTC 3 R.Rodriguez, G.Bieker WERKS II Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:25.202 10.090
29. 32 GTC 4 B.Curtis, J.Sofronas GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:25.262 10.150
30. 88 GTC 5 S.Lewis, J.Vento Velox Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:25.271 10.159
31. 63 GTC 6 H.Richard, M.Thomas, A.Lally TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:25.496 10.384
32. 81 GTC 7 J.Gonzalez, B.Leitzinger Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:26.056 10.944
33. 48 GTC 8 B.Miller, J.McMullen Orbit Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:26.534 11.422
34. 75 GT 12 P.Gentilozzi, R.Dalziel JaguarRSR Jaguar XKRS 1:27.234 12.122
35. 28 GTC 9 L.Beggs, D.Baron 911 Design Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:27.708 12.596
36. 80 GTC 10 R.Gonzalez, L.Diaz Car Amigo - AJR Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:39.604 24.492

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