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2010 North American GT Season
Photo Credit: ALMS.
Champion Constructor: BMW Rahal Letterman (US,1,2)
Putative Constructor: BMW Rahal Letterman (US)
Champion Driver: Patrick Long (US,2,2), Jörg Bergmeister (DE,2,2)
Putative Driver: Patrick Long (US), Jörg Bergmeister (DE)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model M3 GT2, 3.99-liter, eight-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, six-speed sequential, ventilated grooved disc brakes, carbon fibre composite/unitary steel chassis, McPherson-lower wishbone/five link independent suspension, power-assist steering, 490 horsepower (BMW M, Karl John Elmitt).

The BMW Rahal Letterman M3 GT2 V8 entry pulls off a mild upset in 2010 over Flying Lizard Porsche for its maiden ALMS GT2 constructors' title. Patrick Long and Jörg Bergmeister of Flying Lizard take the drivers' crown for the second consecutive season. The BMW werks notches a North American GT championship for the first time since the 1975 season. Mazda dominates the Grand-Am series in 2010 as SpeedSource with the RX-8 overwhelms the competition for the putative GT constructors' title. Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal of SpeedSource hold off teammates Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito for the drivers' crown. Reputed actor Patrick Dempsey and team with the Mazda RX-8 entry claim a class victory at Grand-Am Watkins Glen in August.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

ALMS     
BMW Rahal Letterman78     Long P66
Flying Lizard Porsche68     Bergmeister J66
Risi Ferrari60     Bruni56
Pratt & Miller Corvette56     Melo43
ESM Ferrari17     Auberlen B42
Job Porsche2     Milner T42
Grand-Am     
SpeedSource Mazda153     Assentato58
Stevenson Camaro57     Segal J58
TRG Porsche49     Tremblay55
Dempsey Mazda38     Bomarito55
Turner BMW27     Lally43
Banner Corvette25     Edwards J40
     Christodoulou40

Noteworthy 2010 Races

2010 XIII Petit Le MansBraselton, Georgia2010 2010 XIII Petit Le MansAt Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans (mine hours) in October, the GT class comes to a Pratt & Miller Corvette ZR1 under Oliver Gavin (GB), Jan Magnussen (DK), and Emmanuel Collard (FR) that covers 901.7 miles (average 97.85 mph), under six seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by Scott Sharp (US), Johannes van Overbeek (US), and Dominik Farnbacher (DE). The P&M Corvette beneath Gavin, already nervous at its blinking fuel level indicator, moves out front on the final circuit after the race leading Risi Ferrari driven by Toni Vilander exhausts its fuel supply. Photo Credit: John Brooks.
2010 ALMS at Long BeachLong Beach, California2010 2010 ALMS at Long BeachAt Long Beach for the ALMS event (two hours) in April, the GT class comes to a Flying Lizard Porsche 997 GT3 RSR under Jörg Bergmeister (DE) and Patrick Long (US) that covers 65 laps (average 75.62 mph), under five seconds ahead of a Corvette driven by Jan Magnussen and Johnny O'Connell. The FLM Porsche beneath Long moves out front after passing the race leading P&M Corvette driven by Tom Milner with less than ten minutes remaining. Photo Credit: Drew Gibson.
2010 Monterey Sports Car ChampionshipsMonterey, California2010 2010 Monterey Sports Car ChampionshipsAt Laguna Seca for the Monterey Sports Car Championships (six hours) in May, a Flying Lizard Porsche 997 GT3 RSR under Jörg Bergmeister (DE) and Patrick Long (US) takes GT race honors and covers 227 laps (average 84.44 mph), under a second (.365) ahead of a BMW driven by Dirk Müller and Joey Hand. The FLM Porsche beneath Long moves out front after jumping the BMW RLL driven by Hand after late race restart at Turn 11 with only three laps remaining before outsprinting the latter to the stripe for a slender and dramatic victory. The Laguna Seca contest extends from daylight into darkness for the first time in event history. Photo Credit: Motorsports Image.