Peugeot still in control at Petit
|By Simon Strang||Friday, September 25th 2009, 01:51 GMT|
Peugeot once again dominated proceedings in the third free practice session for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Stephane Sarrazin set a 1m07.912s lap - the fastest of the weekend so far - in the 90-minute night session ahead of the sister #07 machine driven by Nic Minassian, 0.784s further back.
Rinaldo Capello was the quickest of the Audi runners, bumping the #02 R15 TDI up to third in the final minutes of a session that was stopped twice late-on to clear up debris.
Marco Werner was fourth fastest in the #01 Audi having damaged the front end, prior to the first of the two stoppages.
Simon Paganaud ensured that the de Ferran Acura was the fastest of the petrol runners, mixing it with the Audis and ending the session less than 0.3s slower than Werner's machine.
Olivier Panis was sixth for Oreca ahead of the Field Lola and the fastest LMP2 runner Klaus Graf in the CytoSport Porsche RS Spyder.
Dominik Farnbacher set the pace in GT2 with the Panoz ahead of the Farnbacher Loles Porsche that was inolved in Scott Sharp's massive accident in P2.
The Highcroft Patron team, unsurprisingly did not run during the session as it waits for a new tub to be sent over from Acura's development headquarters in California.
Pos Drivers Cl Car Time 1. Sarrazin/Montagny P1 Peugeot 1m07.912s 2. Minassian/Lamy P1 Peugeot 1m08.696s 3. Capello/McNish P1 Audi 1m09.027s 4. Luhr/Werner P1 Audi 1m09.250s 5. De Ferran/Pagenaud/Dixon P1 Acura 1m09.499s 6. Panis/Lapierre/Dumas P1 ORECA 1m10.335s 7. Field/Field P1 Lola 1m12.037s 8. Pickett/Graf/Maassen P2 Porsche 1m12.107s 9. Fernandez/Diaz P2 Acura 1m12.876s 10. Dyson/Smith P2 Lola-Mazda 1m13.942s 11. Leitzinger/Franchitti/Devlin P2 Lola-Mazda 1m14.800s 12. Drayson/Cocker/Bell P1 Lola 1m14.849s 13. Burgess/McMurry/Willman P1 Lola 1m15.791s 14. Van der Steur/Pecorari/Pecorari P2 Radical 1m17.354s 15. Farnbacher/James GT2 Panoz 1m22.050s 16. Henzler/Werner GT2 Porsche 1m22.070s 17. Melo/Kaffer/Salo GT2 Ferrari 1m22.101s 18. Beretta/Gavin/Fassler GT2 Corvette 1m22.112s 19. Hand/Auberlen/Priaulx GT2 BMW 1m22.134s 20. Magnussen/O'Connell/Garcia GT2 Corvette 1m22.157s 21. Muller/Milner/Muller GT2 BMW 1m22.386s 22. Bergmeister/Long/Lieb GT2 Porsche 1m22.610s 23. Sutherland/Drissi/Bell GT2 Riley Corvette 1m22.869s 24. Sellers/Cicero GT2 Porsche 1m23.202s 25. Law/van Overbeek/Neiman GT2 Porsche 1m23.286s 26. Feinberg/Hall GT2 Dodge 1m25.153s 27. Murry/Robertson/Robertson GT2 Doran Ford 1m25.212s 28. Noda/Balbiani/von Moltke P1 Radical 2m13.670s