Peugeot's Franck Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and Alex Wurz win the Petit Le Mans
|By Gary Watkins||Sunday, October 2nd 2011, 03:20 GMT|
Peugeot claimed a third consecutive victory in the Petit Le Mans enduro at Road Atlanta.
The 908 turbodiesel LMP1 driven by Franck Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and Alex Wurz claimed victory in the 1000-mile event by five laps after both Audi R18 TDIs retired. The German manufacturer's challenge disappeared early in the eighth hour when Romain Dumas tangled with a Porsche GTC class car as he was mounting a push for the lead.
Montagny had been delayed by the Porsche in Turn 7, allowing Dumas to get a run on him out of the corner. As the Peugeot moved across to claim the racing line for the following left-hand kink, Dumas tagged the Porsche and crashed out of the race in the car he shared with Marcel Fassler and Timo Bernhard.
The result gives Peugeot the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup LMP1 manufacturers' title with one race left to run.
The previous-generation Peugeot 908 HDi entered by ORECA finished second after a trouble-free run in the hands of Nicolas Lapierre and on-loan factory drivers Marc Gene and Nicolas Minassian. It finished one lap up on Stefan Mucke, Adrian Fernandez and Harold Primat in the Aston Martin Racing Lola coupe, which also enjoyed no problems on the way to third place.
The second Audi retired late in the race with steering problems. The car, shared by Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello, had fallen down the order following two long stops for repairs after McNish was hit up the rear by a GT car.
The LMP2 class was won by the Level 5 Motorsports HPD driven by Christophe Bouchut, Joao Barbosa and team owner Scott Tucker. They battled with the Signatech ORECA-Nissan until the French car ran into power steering problems.
The AF Corse Ferrari 458 driven by Gianmaria Bruni, Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer came back from a lap down to win the GT class. They lost the lap with a stop-go penalty after Fisichella ran a red light at the end of the pitlane, but the car quickly regained the lost ground before Bruni was able to get the better of Rahal BMW driver Joey Hand in his final stint.
Results - 394 laps: Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap 1. P1 Montagny/Sarrazin/Wurz Peugeot 9h34m23.972s 2. P1 Lapierre/Minassian/Gene ORECA Peugeot + 5 laps 3. P1 Fernandez/Primat/Mucke AMR Lola-Aston + 6 laps 4. P1 Pla/Premat/Yvon OAK Pescarolo-Judd + 10 laps 5. P1 Prost/Jani/Belicchi Rebellion Lola-Toyota + 13 laps 6. P2 Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa Level 5 HPD + 19 laps 7. P1 Lahaye/Moreau/Ragues OAK Pescarolo-Judd + 24 laps 8. PC Dobson/Richard/Lewis PR1 Mathiasen FLM + 26 laps 9. PC Ducote/Ducote/Marcelli Intersport FLM + 26 laps 10. GT Fisichella/Bruni/Kaffer AF Corse Ferrari + 27 laps 11. GT Bergmeister/Long/Pilet Flying Lizard Porsche + 27 laps 12. GT Auberlen/Werner/Farfus BMW + 27 laps 13. P2 Brown/Johansson/Patterson United OAK Pescarolo + 27 laps 14. GT Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook Corvette + 28 laps 15. GT Henzler/Sellers/Ragginger Falken Porsche + 29 laps 16. GT Sharp/van Overbeek/Farnbacher Extreme Speed Ferrari + 29 laps 17. P1 Dyson/Smith/Cochran Dyson Lola-Mazda + 31 laps 18. GT Firman/Jakubowski/Halliday Luxury Ferrari + 33 laps 19. GT Neiman/Holzer/Law Flying Lizard Porsche + 33 laps 20. GT Muller/Hand/Priaulx BMW + 35 laps 21. GT Brown/Cosmo/Bell Exteme Speed Ferrari + 37 laps 22. P2 Mailleux/Ordonez/Vernay Signatech ORECA-Nissan + 37 laps 23. GT Miller/Maassen/Collard Miller Porsche + 37 laps 24. GTE-A Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo Krohn Ferrari + 39 laps 25. GTE-A Bornhauser/Canal/Gardel Larbre Corvette + 41 laps 26. GT Robertson/Snow/Murry Robertson Doran Ford + 44 laps 27. GTC Pappas/Bleekemolen/Bleekemolen Black Swan Porsche + 48 laps 28. GTC Sweedler/Wong/Keen Alex Job Porsche + 48 laps 29. GTC Ende/Pumpelly/Ludwig TRG Porsche + 49 laps 30. PC Jeannette/Gonzalez/Junco CORE Autosport FLM + 54 laps 31. GTE-A Kauffman/Aguas/Bell AF Corse Ferrari + 56 laps 32. P1 Burgess/McMurry/Willman Autocon Lola-AER + 58 laps 33. GTE-A Giroix/Kauffman/Wainwright Gulf Aston Martin + 62 laps 34. PC Lux/Julian/Zugel/Grogor Genoa FLM + 67 laps 35. PC Bennett/Montecalvo/Dalziel CORE Autosport FLM + 70 laps 36. P2 Nicolet/da Rocha/Lafargue OAK Pescarolo-Judd + 70 laps 37. GT Ortelli/Makowiecki/Beltoise Luxury Ferrari + 78 laps 38. P2 Tucker/Franchitti/Diaz Level 5 HPD + 80 laps 39. GTE-A Ehret/Mullen/Wills CRS Ferrari + 84 laps 40. P1 Capello/Kristensen/McNish Audi + 92 laps 41. P1 Bernhard/Dumas/Fassler Audi + 98 laps 42. PC Nicolosi/Boon/Lueders Performance Tech FLM + 101 laps Retired/not classified: GTC von Moltke/Norman/Keating TRG Porsche 247 laps GT Rossiter/Mowlem/Hansson Jetalliance Lotus 237 laps GT Slingerland/Rich/Kasper Jetalliance Lotus 197 laps GTE-A Lietz/Ried/Bullitt Proton Porsche 163 laps GT Junqueira/Wilden/James RSR Jaguar 92 laps P1 Bourdais/Pagenaud/Davidson Peugeot 78 laps GT Beretta/Milner/Garcia Corvette 76 laps P1 Luhr/Graf/Pickett Muscle Milk Lola-Aston 63 laps P1 Al Masaood/Kane/Leitzinger Dyson Lola-Mazda 29 laps GT Jones/Moran/Lewis RSR Jaguar 27 laps