Pole position and a runner-up finish at mid-Ohio kept smith and Dyson in the championship hunt.
either, but also potential reward. How
competitive can a gasoline-powered car be
there? An ACO bulletin issued after Petit
Le Mans should force a power reduction of
around seven percent for diesels in 2012.
However, previous performance balancing
adjustments have proven largely futile
and oil-burners have maintained a pure
pace advantage at Le Mans since 2006.
So performance, not just finance,
plays a large part in the Dysons’ decisions
regarding the world famous enduro.
“It depends on how we can make our
car fit under the ACO rules,” says Chris.
“Le Mans remains a long-stated goal, but
only under the right circumstances. We
would have to have a chance per the rules
to compete for overall victory.”
And so defending a hard-won ALMS
title is the team’s primary objective for
2012. Dyson looks to maintain its current
two-car status and could potentially add
a third, provided the right funding and
opportunity present themselves – much
as they did for Al Masaood and Kane in
2011. The rookies’ perfomances impressed
most observers and leaves Rob with an
“In an ideal situation, next year’s
WATCH OUT, DYSON!
final race would see our two cars running
against each other for the championship!”
And, after this last season, who would
bet against that?
Greg Pickett and Klaus Graf vow to bring more muscle in 2012
teams have come and
gone from the American
Le Mans Series’ P1 category,
but privateers Dyson Racing and
the Greg Pickett-owned Muscle
Milk team have soldiered on as
the only full-time participants.
Considering 2011 was just
the second full season for Muscle
Milk, Pickett’s teammate, Klaus
Graf believes it was still a largely
successful season for the squad,
despite not winning the title.
“Although this year we were
second again, we were more
successful,” he says. “There were
lots of changes. It’s a big passion
for Greg, using ALMS as a
marketing platform for the Muscle
Milk brand. It’s still pretty new.”
Chief among the changes for
2011 was a switch from the
tried-and-true P2-spec Porsche
RS Spyder to the team’s
Lola-Aston Martin (RIGHT).
Niggling electrical and technical
woes afflicted the car the last
half of the season after winning
four races. Graf says the Porsche
and Lola were hard to compare
but allows that they were very
different to drive.
The German also states that
the team has a “pretty good
idea” of what the decision on a
2012 car will be – and that it
almost certainly won’t be the
same as this year. Regardless,
team principal Pickett has vowed
a serious championship
challenge in 2012 as Muscle
Milk Racing looks to tackle
Dyson head-on again.
“We are going to come back
next year with a vengeance,” he
vows. “I’m saying it right now, we
are running for a championship.
I haven’t said that before. So
now, I am saying point blank, all
we are doing next year is running
for the title and we are going to
do that with everything we can.
We’re bringing it next year, so
everybody needs to get ready!”