train keeps a rollin’...
the intensity of an
aLMs Gt class race
doesn’t let up from
the first lap to the last.
races was the Lizards’ run in 2009, when
Long and Bergmeister won five
consecutive rounds – the last of which
was Corvette’s class debut at Mid-Ohio.
“It’s incredible what a win feels like
now, given how few and far between they
are for everybody,” Long admits. “It used
to be either Team A or Team B. The car
count is up, the attrition is down, and that
also contributes to how many cars are on
the lead lap at the end of a race.”
The big mover for 2012 is Hand, whose
ALMS success helped earn him a spot with
BMW as a driver in its DTM return. He’ll run
a split schedule, with the mostly German-
based DTM taking precedence on conflicting
weekends. Still, Hand says his time in
ALMS has provided incredible preparation.
“I’ve had some of my best races ever in
ALMS GT, with some knockdown, drag-out
fights for some of the greatest shows
spectators would ever want to see,” he
says. “Sebring this year (with Olivier
“It’s incredible what a win feels
like now, given how few and far
between they are for everybody”
Beretta’s Ferrari) was a tell-tale. We’ve
had great shows at Lime Rock, Road
America, Laguna – on all types of tracks.
“With DTM, more cars can be in the
mix, but it’s only the same intensity,” he
adds. “In ALMS, you know you’re always
taking on at least six cars in the heat of
battle. A lot of the things I’ve learned and
made me better come from racing in this
class. The sheer intensity of it has helped
me mature and become a better driver.”
That’s the same for every driver, team
and manufacturer competing in ALMS GT.
If ever there was a case of, “if it ain’t
broke, don’t fix it,” this is it.
ALL PILE ON!
DeFInInG MoMent pUts Gt center staGe
It was hard for aLMs Gt (then
known as Gt2) to get noticed
in 2006. audi premiered its
r10 tDI, the p2 class was on
the verge of several new
and Gt1 featured a gripping
back-and-forth battle between
corvette and aston Martin.
“the Moment.” Jorg
and Jaime Melo
(Ferrari) go after it in
the closing turns of the
2007 Mobil 1 twelve
Hours of sebring. It
was a duel that helped
put Gt on the map.