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Peugeot leads as crash halts practice

Peugeot remained on top in a truncated second practice session for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

The session was halted early after Scott Sharp had a ferocious accident in the championship-leading Highcroft Acura.

The American escaped unhurt despite his car tumbling through a violent series of flips and slamming into the wall having clipped Dirk Werner's Farnbacher Loles Porsche, which was about to leave the pit exit but was still on the correct side of the blend line.

The crash also caused damage to the debris fencing, and with this requiring repairs, the officials chose to bring the session to an early end.

Prior to the crash, Franck Montagny had kept the #08 Peugeot in first place ahead of team-mate Pedro Lamy.

The Audis were again third and fourth - Allan McNish 0.8s down on Montagny but 0.6s in front of Marco Werner.

Nicolas Lapierre was fifth for ORECA, with Sharp taking sixth prior to his crash. The De Ferran Acura did not have chance to set a time before the stoppage.

Klaus Graf took the Cytosport Porsche to the head of the LMP2 pack, with the Fernandez Acura second and the #16 Dyson Lola-Mazda third. The sister Dyson car is still awaiting a new engine following a testing failure, but the team hopes it will run in night practice later on today.

The Rahal Letterman BMWs were again one-two in GT2, followed by the Flying Lizard Porsche, while the early end to the session meant underdogs Doran Ford and PTG Panoz stayed in the top five ahead of the Corvettes and Risi Ferrari.

Pos  Drivers                     Cl   Car             Time
 1.  Sarrazin/Montagny           P1   Peugeot         1m08.217s
 2.  Minassian/Lamy              P1   Peugeot         1m08.553s
 3.  Capello/McNish              P1   Audi            1m09.103s
 4.  Luhr/Werner                 P1   Audi            1m09.744s
 5.  Panis/Lapierre/Dumas        P1   ORECA           1m10.746s
 6.  Brabham/Sharp/Franchitti    P1   Acura           1m10.778s
 7.  Field/Field                 P1   Lola            1m11.601s
 8.  Pickett/Graf/Maassen        P2   Porsche         1m11.957s
 9.  Fernandez/Diaz              P2   Acura           1m12.532s
10.  Drayson/Cocker/Bell         P1   Lola            1m13.236s
11.  Dyson/Smith                 P2   Lola-Mazda      1m13.406s
12.  Burgess/McMurry/Willman     P1   Lola            1m16.212s
13.  Hand/Auberlen/Priaulx       GT2  BMW             1m21.401s
14.  Muller/Milner/Muller        GT2  BMW             1m21.676s
15.  Bergmeister/Long/Lieb       GT2  Porsche         1m21.888s
16.  Murry/Robertson/Robertson   GT2  Doran Ford      1m21.890s
17.  Farnbacher/James            GT2  Panoz           1m22.286s
18.  Magnussen/O'Connell/Garcia  GT2  Corvette        1m22.300s
19.  Beretta/Gavin/Fassler       GT2  Corvette        1m22.622s
20.  Melo/Kaffer/Salo            GT2  Ferrari         1m22.695s
21.  Sellers/Cicero              GT2  Porsche         1m23.121s
22.  Feinberg/Hall               GT2  Dodge           1m23.267s
23.  Sutherland/Drissi/Bell      GT2  Riley Corvette  1m24.193s
24.  Noda/Balbiani/von Moltke    P1   Radical         1m24.356s
25.  Law/van Overbeek/Neiman     GT2  Porsche         1m25.875s
26.  Henzler/Werner              GT2  Porsche         1m26.321s

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