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Champion Racing  - 2003 ALMS Sears Point

 
     
 

Race Day Photos Part Two - First restart through podium

Werner's factory Audi leads Herbert and Weaver as the green flag falls to restart the race with approx 2/3 distance remaining...
The leaders and backmarkers head up to Turn Two...Werner well ahead...Herbert taking the outside line...Weaver the inside line...
...Weaver gets blocked behind a slower Porsche on the inside...
...and dodges left, apparently to split the two Porsches, but is blocked by a second Porsche and is forced to hit the brakes to avoid contact...
...Weaver's MG leaves black streaks as he locks up to avoid collision, which also takes away his ability to turn the corner...
...thus he goes straight on, making contact with Herbert's Audi, which had stayed clear to the outside throughout the maneuver...
Tire smoke and a sideways bump is the only damage from the incident, and the pair carry on, with Weaver making a move to pass Herbert shortly thereafter
Not long after the restart, Herbert pitted under green with a suspected puncture, which turned out to be a severe case of rubber pickup. The stop put Herbert near the back of the pack...
...and since there was nothing to lose by pitting at the next full-course caution, Herbert came in for four fresh tires (only) , and on a light fuel load chased down and passed the third-placed Dallara to claim the third podium spot
JJ Lehto congratulates Johnny Herbert on his awesome drive through the field, closing a near-30-second gap to the Dallara in just eight minutes as the race time ran out, claiming third place overall...
Five hats don't protect JJ from Magnums of local Champagne
The confetti flies in celebration of the overall race podium at Infineon Raceway Sears Point...
 
     
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