Well, well, well...
All of the Panoz doubters can shut up, because the NEW LMP07 is already proving to be ONE BAD MACHINE.
Jan Magnussen & David Brabham ran a virtually flawless race, eventually placing third overall behind the works Audis. The new Champion Racing Audi R8 of Dorsey Schroeder & Andy Wallace finished fourth.
During the closing laps of the race the Panoz led by about 8 seconds. The Audis couldn't seem to close the gap. Only a quick stop for a "Splash-n-Dash" re-fuel kept the Panoz from scoring an overall victory.
Impressive, especially considering that a mule engine (reportedly slightly down on power) was being used in place of the slightly behind schedule race spec V8.
With a full race engine, could the Panoz have run ahead far enough to win, even after the pit stop? Very interesting...
Of course, the Vette of Ron Fellows & Johnny O'Connell won in GTS, seeing as the Vettes were the only competitive entrants in their class. American Viper Racing is still coming to grips with their new (to them) machines.
A massive battle raged for the GT class victory, with the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3RS of Lucas Luhr & Sascha Maassen emerging as the winner. A broken hub put the Calloway C12 out early, but it ran quickly nonetheless. The Trinkler Corvette finished 10 laps down in class.
In spite of the slim entry list, Texas made for the most exciting sprint race of the Sportscar racing season (so far).
Will Europe provide an even more exciting event in Donington? We shall see...