ALMS Laguna Seca and Future Overview

D-BoyCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2009

LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 08: Joerg Bergmeister drives the #45 GT2 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 RSR during the American Le Mans Series Acura Sports Car Challenge on August 8, 2009 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio  (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)

The season is over and came to an end with the most exciting race since Sebring. Somehow appropriate to bookend a lackluster season with your two best rounds.

A farewell win for Gil de Ferran and possibly Adrian Fernandez make the race all the better, particularly with the two battling for the overall win right down to the last lap.

Jorg Bergmeister needs to be penalized somehow. Although Jan Magnussen bears some blame for starting the bumping, Jorg's retaliation was unacceptable. Some will note that Jorg moved to the right before the Corvette spun, but if you look closely you'll see the Corvette starts spinnig BEFORE Jorg moves right.

And the spin begins right after Jorg appears to jink lightly to the left again. It's quite clear to the attentive eye that Jorg is at fault for the spin, and were the season still going I'd certainly be giving him a qualifying penalty for the next race. But with the season done, I'll have to settle for a monetary fine.

Rant over. Back to positives.

If Laguna Seca is anything to go by, we can expect good things from the combined LMP class structure. Two LMP2s (counting the unclassified biobutanol-powered Dyson entry) topped the timing sheets in practice, and Adrian Fernandez had a real shot at the overall win, despite the lack of any equivalency applied to the cars yet.

With LMP2s still able to get close to LMP1 speed, we can expect quite a year when they've been equalized and put in one class.

Just don't expect Audi to be there. They'll be at Sebring and Petit surely, but I can't see them being interested in the combined class when Le Mans won't be run that way.

I suspect we'll have at least seven full-time LMPs next year, and if they're all in the same class that'd be quite a show.

LMP-C has gotten a lot of positive reaction and we should have a very reasonable field there, and we all know that GT-C has gotten a lot of interest.

The American Le Mans Series ended a lackluster season as best they could, and showing us a lot of potential for a good series in 2010. Mixing the open competition the series is known for with some close spec racing should be very, VERY unique, and almost certainly entertaining.


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