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Porsche Fights With Ferrari For Points Championship In Grand-Am

By   September 30, 2013

Magnus Racing Porsche Fights To Challenge Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458

Magnus Racing Porsche Fights to Challenge Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458

The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season came to an end this weekend which also was the last race for the series before it merges with the American Le Mans Series. Coming into the final race both Porsche and Ferrari had a chance at both the GT class manufacture’s championship and the GT class driver’s championship.

For Porsche the hope was on the number 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car having a good race and getting enough points to finish ahead of the number 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458. Unfortunately, for them an on track incident kept them from having a very good finish. They were looking good enough for a podium finish but the incident forced them back in the pack and they ended up finishing 13th in the GT class. Finishing at all was an amazing accomplishment as the car was badly damaged in the incesent.

For Ferrari things worked out very well with the number 63 Ferrari 458 taking the class victory. For Porsche fans one of the winning drivers will be vary familiar as Leh Keen was on the winning team. Leh started the season driving the number 59 Brumos Racing Porsche, until Brumos decided to get out of the series. Mr. Keen had also won the championship in the Brumos car a few years back.

Let us know what you thought of the race in the comments.

Race Results – GT Class

1. No. 31 Lawson Aschenbach/Darnestown, MD; Eric Curran/Holyoke, MA; Marsh Racing Corvette – 162 laps

2. No. 63 Alessandro Balzan/Italy; Leh Keen/Charleston, S.C., Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 – 162 laps

3. No. 64 Johannes van Overbeek/Oakland, CA; Jeff Westphal, San Carlos, CA, Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 – 162 laps

4. No. 57 John Edwards/Cincinnati, Ohio; Robin Liddell/England, Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro – 161 laps

5. No. 93 Michael Marsal/New York; Tom Kimber-Smith/Great Britain, Turner Motorsports BMW M3 – 161 laps

6. No. 75 Antonio Garcia/Spain; Jan Magnussen/Denmark, Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT-R – 160 laps

7. No. 61 Alex Tagliani/Montreal; Jeff Segal/Miami, R.Ferri/Aim Motorsport Ferrari 458 – 159 laps

8. No. 18 Mark Greenburg/Jamaica Plains, Mass.; Richard Lietz/Austria, Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – 156 laps

9. No. 73 Patrick Lindsey/Santa Barbara, Calif.; Patrick Long/Playa del Rey, Calif., Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – 151 laps

10. No. 66 Damien Falkner/Ireland; Richie Stanaway/New Zealand; TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage – 106 laps

11. No. 69 Emil Assentato/Locust Valley, NY; Anthony Lazzaro/Acworth, Ga., AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 – 105 laps

12. No. 46 Al Carter/Greenville, DE; Eric Lux, Williamsville, NY, Fall-Line Motorsports Audi R8 – 83 laps

13. No. 44 Andy Lally/Newport, NY; John Potter/Salt Lake City, Utah, Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – 67 laps

14. No. 94 Bill Auberlen/Redondo Beach, Calif.; Paul Dalla Lana/Canada, Turner Motorsports BMW M3 – 2 laps

15. No. 18 Bob Doyle/Killingworth, CT; Kyle Marcelli/Toronto, Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – DNS

Manufacturer Final Point Standings – GT Class
1. Ferrari – 372
2. Porsche – 357
3. Chevrolet – 334
4. BMW – 320
5. Audi – 164

Team Point Final Standings – GT Class
1. No. 63 Scuderia Corsa – 341 points
2. No. 44 Magnus Racing – 331
3. No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports – 330
4. No. 69 AIM Autosport – 317
5. No. 73 Park Place Motorsports – 303
6. No. 94 Turner Motorsports – 299
7. No. 61 R.Ferri/Aim Motorsports – 293
8. No. 31 Marsh Racing – 277
9. No. 93 Turner Motorsports – 272
10. No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America – 205

Press Release

Three Porsche customer teams entered four 911 GT3 Cup cars in today’s final GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race anticipating a dramatic two-hour, 45-minute GT fight for the championship. The GRAND-AM Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park offered a three-way battle for the Rolex GT team, driver and manufacturer’s championships with Magnus Racing carrying the banner for the German marque. When the checkered flag flew for the final time over a GRAND-AM field, the teams had their dramatic race but fell just short of a title.

Magnus Racing’s championship aspirations nearly came to an end before five minutes had ticked from the race clock. John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah), starting 11th in the GT class, was hit from behind by another GT class car on the second lap of the race. The contact resulted in the No. 44 spinning into the path of oncoming traffic. Now sitting sideways across the track, a GX class car made heavy contact to the nose of the Magnus entry doing substantial damage to the radiators and left front suspension. The team was able to make repairs and return the track with one-hour and 40-minutes remaining.

Despite being 61 laps down to the GT class leader, the impressive performance of the Magnus crew allowed Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.) – making his 239th-career GRAND-AM start, more than any other competitor – to finish 13th. The points awarded for the position were just enough to give Magnus Racing second in the GT championship, one point ahead of Stevenson Motorsports.

“What a gutsy performance from the Magnus Racing Porsche crew,” offered Lally after the race. “Our car was destroyed; totaled; wrecked; done … But after Potter was punted off the track and then t-boned on lap two, the crew got to work, pieced this car back together and got me and John onto the track for 67 laps and a 13th-place finish. That effort gave me the required 30-minutes, Potter his 30 minutes, and made the difference between second in the championship rather than the fourth a DNF would have given us. This is the best crew is motorsports.”

Porsche finishes second in the manufacturer standings. The 357 points, just 15 behind Ferrari, came by virtue of the highest placing Porsche customer team in each race. Magnus Racing won one race (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca) and had a string of consistently strong finishes while Park Place Motorsports earned three second-place finishes in 2013.

An eighth place finish by Mark Greenburg (Jamaica Plains, Mass.) and Porsche factory pilot Richard Lietz (Austria) in the No. 19 Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche was the best result for a 911 GT3 Cup car on the day. The run was made the more impressive as the program was not announced until just the day before on-track action began on the 1.5-mile Connecticut track.

Park Place Motorsports looked likely to close its rookie season with a fourth podium finish of the year. However, with just minutes remaining in the race, the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry shared by Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.) and Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.) was hit from behind by a Daytona Prototype (DP) competitor entering Lime Rock’s uphill chicane. Long pulled the damaged car to the side of the track dropping it from second-place to ninth in the final running order.

“Richard Westbrook came over and apologized to me, saying that he made a massive error and he was sorry,” said Long after the incident. “We had caught up to the number 31 Corvette, less than a second behind, but I don’t know if we could have passed them or not. I was hoping that, through traffic, and some advantage with braking, we might have had a shot to win. Still, this Park Place team has made a huge progression from the beginning of the year until now, and the crew has done a great job keeping us competitive against a very tough field.”

His teammate, Lindsey, continued: “We were in position for a podium at the end. With the on-track incident putting Patrick off the track at the end, we didn’t get that top finish, but we were competitive as we have been all season. I am very proud of the Park Place Motorsports team.”

A second Muehlner Motorsports America was awarded 15th in the final standings. Damage sustained in Saturday morning qualifying kept the No. 18 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by Bob Doyle (Killingworth, Conn.) and Kyle Marcelli (Toronto) from taking the green flag.

Video: Maserati MC12 Exhaust Note On The Track

By   August 9, 2013

Maserati MC12

Maserati MC12

The Maserati MC12 is a very special car. It is in basically the Maserati version of the Ferrari Enzo, but to see a MC12 is even more rare than seeing an Enzo. The car is street legal, but is really designed with the track in mind. It is a monster of an Italian supercar and has the looks to go with it. This is the best car put out by the Italian performance car maker in years.

This video shows the exterior and interior of the MC12. It also features the start up and exhaust sound of the car. After the car is started up it is taken on the track and a GoPro was stuck near the exhaust to capture the sound. Since this footage wouldn’t be very good it cuts to shots of the exterior and interior details, but with the music of that exhaust.

Check out the video and then let us know what you think of the Maserati MC12 in the comments below.

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5 Tips On Buying A New Performance Car

By   August 6, 2013

These 5 Tips will Help You Buy a Car like the BMW M6

These 5 Tips will Help You Buy a Car like a BMW M6

Buying a new performance car can be a very exciting experience. You can also have a bad experience if you are looking for a high end vehicle, but are prepared to have the dealer take you seriously. What if you have worked for years and you can now buy that new BMW M6 that you have been dreaming of, but you want to make sure the dealership knows you are serious about buying? Well, we are here to help with that.

We have put together our top 5 tips of for buying a new performance car. Many of these tips are good for buying any new car, but are especially made with higher end performance cars in mind. So, if you are thinking of buying a new Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari or some other higher end performance car, this list should help you make that purchase.

  1. Dress Nicely
    Car dealers that deal in luxury and higher end Performance cars need to know that you are interested in buying the car and not just taking it for a joy ride. By dressing nice, you don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but something like a nice polo shirt and khakis shows that you are more serious about buying the car. So, in general leave the t-shirt and jeans at home (unless you are famous or already have a relationship with the dealership).
  2. Bring a Friend
    When buying any new car it is easy to fall in love with the new car. This is especially important when buying a performance car as they can provide an even more emotional experience for you. A friend can help you keep from making a bad purchase, they can also help you know if the car is as good as you might think it is.
  3. Drive in With a Decent Car
    You don’t need to drive in with a new luxury or performance car, but you also don’t want to drive in with a car that looks like it barely made it. Even if you have an older car, at least wash it so that the dealer knows you are able to afford a new car. You want them to take you seriously and if you drive in with a 90’s Honda Civic that looks like it was hit by a train, they probably won’t.
  4. Research the Car
    Before you go into a dealership you will want to research the car that you are wanting to buy. You’ll want to checkout reviews on various websites and magazines to see what they think of the car. This will let you know of things that the reviewers liked or didn’t like. Knowing this information will let you know what to pay attention to when test driving the car. You want to see if any flaws in the car are deal breakers for you.
  5. Call or Email in Advance
    Calling or Emailing a dealership in advanced is good to make sure that the car that you would like to test drive will be available. If you are pretty sure you will be buying it if you like the way it drives, you can often hammer out most of the deal at home and have everything ready for the purchase once you get to the dealership.

Those are our top 5 tips for buying a new performance car. Let us know in the comments below what you think of them or if you have any other tips.

Video: Life With A Ferrari Dino 208 GT4

By   August 1, 2013

Ferrari Dino 208 GT4

Ferrari Dino 208 GT4

The Ferrari Dino 208 GT4 is an often overlooked car. The first problem it has (just like the 308 GT4) is that it has a back seat. The next issue is that the engine in its big brother 308 GT4 is much bigger. The 208 GT4 was created to get around the Italian tax that was put on engines with a displacement of over two liters.

As has been said before, there is no replacement for displacement. But is that true with the 208? The car has very ’70s styling that looks great and even though it isn’t as big a V8 as the 308, it has what is perhaps an even better sound. One of the other greats things about it is that it is one of the Ferraris that can be had for a reasonable price (OK, so it was badged a Dino).

This video features an interview with Bradley Price who has owned one of these cars for over a year. He gives his take on the car and lets you know just why he loves his car so much.

Let us know in the comments below what you think of the Ferrari Dino 208 GT4.

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5 Best Production Sports Cars Of All Time

By   July 31, 2013

Porsche 911 RS

Our List of the 5 Best Production Sports Cars of all Time

There have been some great sports cars made over the years. From modern supercars like the Bugatti Veyron to classics like the Lamborghini Miura there are a lot of great cars to choose from. Some are just incredible straight line performers, while others are more about handling and some can do both well.

We’ve put together what we think are the top 5 sports cars of all time. Checkout the list and see if you agree with us or not.

  • Ferrari 250 GTO
    Ferrari 250 GTO
    The beautiful design and great performance of the 250 GTO make it one of the all time greats. Only 39 examples were sold in order for homologation of the car for racing in the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car class. These cars are extremely valuable with one going for $35 million dollars in 2012 and they are owned by the likes of Ralph Lauren. When you think of great Ferraris the 250 GTO is pretty much in a class by itself.
  • McLaren F1
    McLaren F1
    The F1 was the first production road car by McLaren and it was a doozy. For a while it was the fastest car in the world with it being able to hit a top speed of 243 mph. Unlike the modern Bugatti Veyron that accomplishes its high speed using many technological tricks and a huge engine, the F1 was all about high horsepower, lightweight materials and great suspension. Oh and it seats three with the driver in the middle, which is about as cool as it gets.
  • Porsche 911
    Porsche 911 RS
    Is there a more iconic sports car than the Porsche 911? The rear-engined car is designed backwards and yet is able to do things that other sports cars only dream of. The car is the pinnacle of engineering taking a platform that performed well, but with finicky the handling, and evolving it into a complete package. Beyond all this there aren’t many sports car models that can say they have been in existence for 50 years.
  • Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    The 300SL Gullwing is one of the most recognizable cars in the world. In many ways it can be thought of as the father of supercars. When it was introduced it was the fastest car in the world and could only be enjoyed by the wealthy. When you think of the fact that a car from the ’50s was capable of hitting 160 mph (depending on gearing) that puts it in supercar status right there. Of course the brakes would make that a very scary speed to be driving. Of course it is the “Gullwing” doors that really make it the iconic car that it is.
  • Chevrolet Corvette
    Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    The Corvette is the American sports car. There have been other sports cars from the United States, but none has been as successful as the Corvette. The model has been with us from 60 years. It started with a lightweight stylish sports car with an inline-6 engine, but it was when a V8 was put into the car that it started to become a legend. While some of the models have had their quirks the car has really grown up and the 2014 Stingray looks like it will be an incredible sports car.

So those are our top 5 sports cars, did your favorite make the list? No matter if you agree with us or not, we want to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Also, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for the latest news, videos and lists like this (scroll down to see the subscribe box).

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