Pirro and Biela Clinch Title

Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela won the LMP1 American Le Mans drivers' championship on Saturday after winning the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

Pirro and Biela Clinch Title

The Champion Racing Audi duo took a convincing victory in the event beating the Chris Dyson and Guy Smith's Dyson Racing Lola by 12 laps.

Olivier Beretta, Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen finished third overall and won the GT1 class in their Corvette Racing C6-R for the second straight year, beating the onslaught of Aston Martin. The DBR9 of David Brabham, Darren Turner and Jonny Kane finished fourth.

Drama occurred at the first corner on the opening lap when pole-sitter Hayanri Shimoda's Zytek, James Weaver's Dyson and Lehto's Audi collided.  The Japanese driver retired on the spot, Englishman Weaver led the opening lap but pitted with accident damage while Sebring and Le Mans race victors Lehto and Marco Werner recovered from 29th position and a 40-minute pit-stop for repairs to take seventh overall, third in class.

"All we had to do was keep it on the track," said Pirro. "I want to thank our mechanics for a great job. Winning this championship is an absolute dream."

"For us, it's not so easy with such a big lead," Biela said. "Sometimes it's a little bit easier when there's a lot of competition. You're not concentrating on not making mistakes, but having to overtake and keep them behind you. Our guys did a brilliant job. Finally we won it. When we came to Audi this season, all we wanted to do was win. We didn't think we could win here then, but we did it."

Result of Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta: Pos Drivers Make Class Laps 1. Pirro/Biela Audi R8 P1 394 2. Dyson/Smith Lola EX257/AER P1 382 3. Gavin/Beretta/Magnussen Corvette C6-R GT1 379 4. Brabham/Turner/Kane Aston Martin DB9 GT1 378 5. Field/Halliday/Field Lola B05/40/AER P2 375 6. Borcheller/Mowlem/Kelleners Saleen S7R GT1 373 7. Lehto/Werner Audi R8  P1 372 8. Bertolini/de Simone/Babini Maserati MC12 GT1 371 9. Stanton/Long/Bergmeister Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 364 10. Baas/Collard/Tiemann Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 363 11. Kox/Lamy/Enge Aston Martin DB9 GT1 359 12. Fellows/O'Connell/Papis Corvette C6-R GT1 357 13. van Overbeek/Fogarty/Law Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 356 14. Bach/Cosmo/Robinson Courage C-65/Mazda P2 354 15. Lewis/Willman R&S MRK III C P1 350 16. Johnson/Woodman/Forgeois Lola B2K/40 AER P2 350 17. Bernhard/Dumas Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 349 18. Henzler/Rockenfeller/Jensen Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 343 19. Jackson/Sugden/Jonsson Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 324 20. Weickardt/Rugolo/Belloc Dodge Viper GT1 304 21. Franchitti/Sellers/Jeannette Panoz Esperante GTLM GT2 258 22. Cawley/Burgess/Keen Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 253 23. Bennett/Barazi/Julian Courage C-65 AER P2 225 24. Gue/McMurry/Bucknum Courage C-65/AER P2 197 25. Binnie/Hancock/Timpany Lola B05/42 P2 195 26. Weaver/Leitzinger/Wallace Lola EX257/AER P1 164 27. Auberlen/Liddell/Maxwell Panoz Esperante GTLM GT2 90 28. Pechnik/Neiman/Murry Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT2 89 29. Van der Steur/Devlin/van der Steur Lola B2K/40 AER P2 7 30. Shimoda/Chilton Zytek 04S P1 0 
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