Series news on Peugeot return for Petit Le Mans

PEUGEOT TO DEFEND PETIT LE MANS CHAMPIONSHIP French manufacturer's entry part of International Le Mans Cup Peugeot announced Friday that it will return to Road Atlanta's Petit Le Mans in September as part of an entry into the inaugural ...

PEUGEOT TO DEFEND PETIT LE MANS CHAMPIONSHIP
French manufacturer's entry part of International Le Mans Cup

Peugeot announced Friday that it will return to Road Atlanta's Petit Le Mans in September as part of an entry into the inaugural International Le Mans Cup. The French manufacturer - which currently holds overall titles from Le Mans and Petit Le Mans last year and this year's running of the Sebring 12 Hours with its 908 HDi FAP prototype - joins diesel rival Audi Sport and Drayson Racing as the first confirmed LMP1 entrants for the global championship.

In addition to serving as the second of three rounds in the International Le Mans Cup, the 13th annual Petit Le Mans is the season-finale for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. The 1,000-mile/10-hour classic - the Series' cornerstone event - is scheduled this year for September 29-October 2 from the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course roughly one hour northeast of Atlanta.

Friday's announcement gave no clues as to the number of entries or which drivers will participate from the Peugeot camp. Anthony Davidson, Marc Gene and Alexander Wurz won the season-opening 58th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. The sister Peugeot 908 of Sebastien Bourdais, Pedro Lamy and Nic Minassian finished 13.817 seconds adrift.

Stephane Sarrazin and Franck Montagny led a Peugeot 1-2 finish last year at Petit Le Mans in a rain-soaked event.

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest - the governing body of the 24 Hours of Le Mans - confirmed in March the launch of the 2010 ILMC. It features three races on three continents: Silverstone (Great Britain) on September 12, Petit Le Mans on October 2 and a yet-to-be determined event in China in early November.

New for the international competition is the inclusion of a championship for GT2 manufacturers to go alongside a similar title for LMP1 manufacturers. Also announced were the additions of team championships for all four ACO-sanctioned classes - LMP1, LMP2, GT1 and GT2.

To be eligible for each of these three titles, entrants must take part:
. In all three events counting for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
. In five races run under the Le Mans label (except the Le Mans 24 Hours).

For 2011, the ACO's wish is to expand to six events. Entries for this year's championship close May 31.

The next round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patrón. The six-hour race is set for 2:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 22 from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. CBS Sports will broadcast the race from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 29. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche - a production of Radio Show Limited - as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Visit the Series' schedule page for ticket and accommodation information for all events. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.

-source: alms

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Series ALMS
Drivers Anthony Davidson , Franck Montagny , Marc Gene , Alexander Wurz , Stéphane Sarrazin , Pedro Lamy , Sébastien Bourdais