Tomy Drissi finishes 2nd in PC class at Petit Le Mans

Tomy Drissi teamed up with Bruno Junquiera and Ricardo Vera to pilot the RSR No. 9 A Good Day To Die Hard Oreca PC prototype and drove to a second place finish in the 15th running of Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta, the final race of the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Patrón championship season. Teammate Bruno Junquiera finished third in the drivers Championship and the RSR team, in their first year running prototypes, finished second in the Team Championship.

#9 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09: Bruno Junqueira, Tomy Drissi, Ricardo Vera
#9 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09: Bruno Junqueira, Tomy Drissi, Ricardo Vera

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

"This was just a great week of racing," said Tomy. "It was everything I love about Road Atlanta and another classic Petit Le Mans. I was hoping we could pull of the win this year, but we'll take the second. That makes second place two years in a row. There's got to be a win coming."

Friday, Junqiera qualified the car second for the start of the 10 hour / 1000 mile race.

"Bruno did a great job qualifying," noted Tomy. "He's the perfect teammate. He's knowledgeable in car setups and he's lightning fast. We had a great time together this season. It's a big plus having someone like Bruno in your corner."

The race winner and season champion was the formidable CORE Autosport. The win at Petit capped off an 8-race winning season and garnered them the championship.

"My hat is off to the guys at CORE," added Tomy. "As a racer, you want to know you're competing against quality and these guys are quality. It's that much more sweeter when you win knowing you've had a worthy opponent."

"We also owe a lot to the RSR team," Tomy continued. "Paul [Gentilozzi] and his boys never quit. We could always count on a fast, well prepared car. They worked tirelessly to get us the right setups and they pushed themselves to the limit. RSR was second in the Team Championship. It's their first year racing the prototypes and they have a lot to be proud of."

Source: Tomy Drissi

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Series ALMS
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Tags drissi, junquiera, oreca, petit le mans, road atlanta, rsr