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Mark Wilkins closes out the season at Petit LeMans Looking for another class victory in LMPC Toronto, Ontario (2010.09.28) Mark Wilkins is back in American Le Mans competition after a four month break and he is looking to wrap up the season...

Mark Wilkins closes out the season at Petit LeMans Looking for another class victory in LMPC

Toronto, Ontario (2010.09.28) Mark Wilkins is back in American Le Mans competition after a four month break and he is looking to wrap up the season with another victory in the LMPC class in the the Level 5 Motorsports Oreca FLM09. Wilkins will team up with Scott Tucker and Christophe Bouchut as he did at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the six hour race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The trio won their class in both those events and have also had strong overall results. The fight is now on for Tucker to record the driver's championship and Level 5 to take the team championship.

This will be the first Petit Le Mans for Wilkins and his goal is to bring home another victory for the class-leading car.

"Petit is one of those races every driver wants to compete in", said Wilkins, "and to come here with two race wins and be in the class-leading car is pretty amazing. It would be great to come away from this with three wins in three races but my main focus now is to help Scott and the team secure both the driver and team championships."

Wilkins continued, "It's also great to be coming back to Road Atlanta. I have not raced here since my open wheel days in Star Mazda and it is my favourite track. It's certainly going to be different in a sports car along with driving into the dark but it should also be a lot of fun."

Wilkins has two top-five results including a podium at Road Atlanta in Star Mazda, a fourth (2005) and a second (2006).

Petit Le Mans is the final race in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron and is considered a cornerstone in the series calendar. The event draws some of Europe's leading Le Mans Series teams and the competition will be tough as more cars and new teams are also expected in the LMPC class which made its debut in 2010.

"The added competition just makes for more exciting racing", commented Wilkins. "Road Atlanta is a very fast track which means we will have to be very vigilant around both LMP and GT classes while doing our best to stay ahead of our rivals in LMPC. The goal is to finish and have Level 5 and Scott atop the points standings at the end of the day. For now, I can't wait to get on track."

Practice gets underway on Wednesday (29th) with qualifying on Friday afternoon (1st).

The 13th Annual Petit Le Mans will be broadcast on Speed TV on Saturday, October 2nd starting at 11:00 a.m. ET. The 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance classic gets underway at 11:20 a.m. ET.

-source: mark wilkins PR/leven ten

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Series ALMS
Drivers Christophe Bouchut , Mark Wilkins , Scott Tucker