Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach


 Prototype Challenge


The PC class would feature very little drama at the front. In the no. 06 Core Autosport PC, Alex Popow led from the start – running ahead of most of the P2 class cars in the process – before handing over to Ryan Dalziel at the halfway point during the full course caution. 
A trouble-free run netted a second place for Michael Guasch  and Memo Gidley, meaning both Muscle Milk cars scored podiums at Long Beach.
Behind him, the no. 5 Muscle Milk PC started by Michael Guasch ran in second, while MotoIQ blogger Duncan Ende ran as high as third in the no. 25 Dempsey / Silicon Tech Racing PC before he spun in traffic. At the caution, Guasch turned his car over to former open-wheel star Memo Gidley, Colin Braun ran in third in the no. 05 Core Autosport PC, and Ende handed his car over to Henri Richard.
For the rest of the race, it was no problems for Dalziel as he cruised to the win in PC – he and Popow would finish third overall, well ahead of the winning P2 car, which was 10th –  with Gidley in second and Braun in third. 
Round two of the ALMS battle would go to Corvette. Surprisingly, this was the first ALMS win for Tommy Milner, but definitely not the first for his teammate, Olivier Gavin.
As always, the GTE class was action-packed, providing two-hours worth of exciting racing. Points leader Joey Hand led from the start in the no. 56 RLL BMW M3, pressured by Tommy Milner in the no.4 Corvette. An opening-lap dustup saw a Corvette lose its hood while Hand's teammate, Jorg Muller in the no. 55 RLL BMW M3, had to pit after only one lap to fix damage, removing that car from contention.
Despite suffering a cut tire while leading, the no. 56 RLL BMW M3 of Joey Hand and Dirk Muller would finish second.
Charging from ninth on the grid, Johannes van Overbeek in the no. 01 ESM Ferrari F458 Italia sliced through the field to third. Hand would withstand the pressure from Milner until he was tangled up with the Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda, leaving him with a cut tire. With Milner now leading, Overbeek had a clear shot at the lead, which he took with a late pass into turn nine. 
At the mid-race caution, Oliver Gavin took over from Milner and the Corvette team got him out of the pits before the ESM squad could get Scott Sharp, who replaced van Overbeek, back on track. Both cars were now behind the no. 56 RLL BMW M3, which had gone to an alternate strategy and was now leading. 

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