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    Lamborghini GT-R





    Testing begins today Jun 25, 2004, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Sunday's running of American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, the second round of the 2004 season for the American Le Mans Series.

    ALMS teams will have two hours of testing time on the 2.25-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio circuit today beginning at 1 p.m. (Eastern). You can follow the action at www.americanlemans.com.

    Twenty-eight American Le Mans Series cars are in the paddock at Mid-Ohio for the event, which will kick off the busiest portion of the 2004 ALMS schedule as the first of five races in seven weeks.

    Ten of the racing teams on hand at Mid-Ohio competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France June 12-13 and shipped their cars and equipment to America for the resumption of the ALMS season. Several of the cars arrived at Mid-Ohio still carrying the numbers and decals they wore at Le Mans and race teams spent Wednesday and Thursday bringing them back into their normal ALMS form.

    Today's test session will see the first on-track action for the two cars that have attracted a great deal of attention in the Mid-Ohio paddock: the Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT machines of Krohn-Barbour Racing. David Brabham, Peter Kox, Scott Maxwell and Tracy Krohn will take their first laps in the cars today. The racing team took delivery of the two cars this week from builder Reiter Engineering in Germany.

    Another new car in action for the first time at Mid-Ohio is the Panoz Esperante GT-LM of the factory Panoz Motor Sports team. Gunnar Jeannette and David Saelens will drive the car, which was built by Elan Motorsport Technologies in Braselton, Ga.


    Official practice and qualifying will be held Saturday, along with a driver autograph session and a Fan Forum.

    Sunday's race starts at 1 p.m. (Eastern) and will be a timed event of two hours, 45 minutes. CBS Sports will have television coverage in North America from 2-4 p.m. (Eastern) while MotorsTV will have live coverage in Europe beginning at 18:00 (UK time). The broadcast of the American Le Mans Series Radio Web can be heard online at www.americanlemans.com. The Radio Web will also be the soundtrack for the MotorsTV telecast.

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    Impressive...thanks for postign.

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    Thanks for the pictures.

    What is the result of the race ?
    How did the GT-R ?

    Cheers,
    Frederic

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    Despite two very good drivers this weekend was a bit of a cock up for Krohn Barbour.
    During practice Tracy began to understeer off the track and then lurched back towards the racing line straight into a GT3, result - neither car was able to be repaired in time to race. Tracy complained he couldn't see diddly squat in the rear view mirrors. I guess he is on a steep learning curve, lets see if he can climb it.
    The other car damaged that fragile looking diffuser, rather crudely tacked on to the back of the car during practice, you can't afford to visit the kitty litter with that appendage the way it is.
    During the race, the Corvettes walked away, a damaged Saleen passed the Murcie towards the end, so not a bad outing.
    Its hard to be too sanguine about the future for this car. It handles well, great in the rain, but it lacks top speed. Trying to get that engine to perform with the restrictors that ALMS and FIA rules mandate is a tough act.
    Last season the car was withdrawn from competition, too slow. Over the winter a great deal of work was done in Bavaria and Belgium and a whole new engine management system was developed. Along with some reworking of internals. This season it did surprisingly well at Valencia, was right down the field in Malaysia and was ok at Mid-Ohio.
    Lets hope that Dick Barbour can sort out the car before Tracy Krohn picks up his money bags and returns to Houston.
    If the car isn't winning by the end of the season, forget it, there is much more serious competition coming next season.
    Lamborghini has a problem, the Gallardo is a much nicer platform to develop a racecar from, and that could be done in the GT category, so it wouldn't clash directly with the Murcie.
    As the rules presently stand, the GTS category is under the gun, the new Maserati is a prototype masquerading as a GT car - imagine the Le Mans winning Bentley entered in the GTS class.
    Anybody following the race in Malaysia will have seen the Simon driven car finishing way down the field, beaten by Supras.
    I think the car looks great, but its not serious, it still has those stupid doors, for example. If it doesn't make it this season, then potential customers are much more likely to buy the Maserati which is a proper race car.
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    Nice combination!


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    which would you prefer to take home hehehe

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    Mmmm... the car! Less maintenance, even though it is a Lamborghini! hehe

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    I'd take her - would surivive the maintenance and all for those BOOBS !
    if you have a rotten, unloved Audi RS2 or a Mazda 323 GT-R - drop me a line :)

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    I definitely take the car. Because it is an excellent tool to catch such chicks. The opposite is absolutely not true ! ! !

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    Frederic

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