The recent Long Beach American Le Mans Series GT2 Class race produced an incredibly close finish.
The exciting final stage of the 100-minute ALMS race got heated 30-minutes from the finish when Tafel Racing’s Technical Director Tony Dowe made the call to finish the race on the same Michelin Tires that the car started. The strategy, while dangerous if driver Dirk Müller or opening driver Dominik Farnbacher pushed the tires too hard in the early stages, paid-off when all contenders spent the additional time in pit lane to change tires.
The gap made by the call was large enough that Müller was able to look after the same tires he had used to qualify fourth all the way through the event. With the well-worn rubber, the 2000 American Le Mans Series GT2 champion called upon his full arsenal of knowledge to keep the second and third-place Porsches behind his blue, white and silver Ferrari. In a pitched battle, Müller fended off the attack lap after lap despite Wolf Henzler’s Porsche 911 coming alongside more than once.
The two Porsches trailing the Tafel-owned Ferrari cut the lead at the checkered flag to the closest margin of victory (0.102 seconds) in GT2 history but could not pass Müller. It proved to be the second-closest finish ever, regardless of class, in ALMS.
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[Source: Tafel Racing]