Luhr's determined fight

Dean McNulty, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 PM ET

BOWMANVILLE -- At one point during Sunday's American Le Mans Series Mobil 1 Mosport Grand Prix Lucas Luhr found his No. 6 Muscle Milk Aston Martin LMP1 almost a full lap down to rival Chris Dyson's No. 16 Lola B09.

But in what seemed to be no longer than it takes to snap a finger he not only caught Dyson but passed him before handing off the car to co-driver Klaus Graf.

From then on, the final result was never in doubt as Graf crossed the finish line 28.420 seconds in front of Dyson's co-driver Guy Smith.

Luhr said that he was angry that ALMS officials sent out the safety car and opened the pit lane a fraction of a second after he passed the pit lane.

That was what put him so far behind Dyson.

"I was just past the pit entrance then they opened the pits when the safety car came out putting me way back of Dyson," Luhr said. "We had to fight back. The decision at that point to take just fuel and not to take tires played in our favour."

Luhr, however, didn't think taking fuel only was a good idea.

"At that point I was just mad. I said: 'Why didn't we take tires?' So I just put the hammer down and really before I knew it I was back in he lead.

"And then Klaus drove it home beautifully."

Graf agreed that it was Luhr's determined fight that won the brace for the Muscle Milk Aston Martin team.

"Once Lucas gave me the lead I just went like hell," Graf said. "Lucas did an awesome job to get us this win."

In the LMP Challenge series Gunnar Jeanette and Ricardo Gonzalez were first in the No. 06 Core Autosport Oreca FLM09.

Kyle Marcelli, of Barrie, meanwhile, finished sixth and last in the LMPC class.

By the time he got his turn in the No. 89 Intersport Racing Oreca FLM09 the car had fallen out of first place in class to third.

And in his attempt to get back the positions that were lost Marcelli ended up getting tagged by the No. 11 Porsche of Chris Cumming, who had been himself hit by Marcelli's Intersport teammate, Jon Field.

That forced Marcelli into the pits for repairs a


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