Dunlop Tires take victory in all ALMS open classes at Road America
Dunlop tires celebrated another successful weekend in the highly-competitive American Le Mans Series (ALMS), as the series travelled to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The tire maker scored a triple win during Saturday’s race, with Dunlop-shod teams rolling to victory in the LMP1, LMP2 and GT classes.
In the series’ fastest class, LMP1, Chris Dyson and Guy Smith won by just 0.083 seconds in the No. 16 Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda. After four hours of racing, the incredible photo-finish would become the closest overall finish in the history of the ALMS.
“The car had the best balance we had all weekend and the Dunlop tires and Mazda engine were great,” said Dyson. “Guy was able to keep his pace and composure under heavy pressure and bring it home. It was an absolutely brilliant piece of driving.”
In the competitive GT class, Dunlop and BMW took home another Road America victory—the third in four years. Bill Auberlen and Jörg Müller drove the No. 55 BMW M3 GT to the top of the podium, finishing just 2.63 seconds ahead of the rival Porsche. With two wins and multiple podium finishes in the first seven races of the season, BMW currently ranks second in the GT class manufacturer championship.
In LMP2, Dunlop-equipped cars extended their season-long winning streak with a victory from the No. 37 Conquest Endurance Morgan-Nissan. Martin Plowman and David Heinemeier-Hansson each took turns leading the overall race ahead of the faster LMP1 cars, but were more than content to win again in LMP2.
Dunlop’s success at Road America is testimony to the continuous learning and development with its racing teams. The tire company employs over 200 experts in its Motorsport Technical Centre at Fort Dunlop in Birmingham, England to develop tires for a wide range of racing championships on two wheels and four. Although Dunlop is sole supplier to many championships, it is the open competition against other tire manufacturers that drives the pace of its race tire development.
Round eight of the 2012 American Le Mans Series will be held Saturday, September 1st, as teams take to the streets of Baltimore.