MONTEREY, Calif. -- Timo Bernhard and Ian James earned
American Le Mans Series driving championships Saturday, and Johnny
Herbert and Pierre Kaffer won the season-ending Audi Sports Car
Championships event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The four-hour timed event started at 4 p.m. and finished in
darkness and rain as a shower moved across the raceway in the last
30 minutes of the event.
Bernhard secured the GT class driving title when he and
co-driver Jorg Bergmeister finished second in class in a Porsche,
while James took the LMP2 crown when he and James Gue finished
third in class in a Courage C65-AER.
Herbert and Kaffer took the overall race win in an Audi R8,
taking the lead in the closing stages from the other Champion
Racing entry driven by Marco Werner and JJ Lehto.
Ron Fellows and Johnny OConnell won the GTS class in a Chevrolet
Corvette C5-R, while Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb took the GT class
in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Clint Field, Robin Liddell and Rick
Sutherland won the LMP2 class in a Lola B2K/40-Judd.