PEUGEOT, AUDI RACING INTO PETIT DUSK The sun is setting at Road Atlanta as Petit Le Mans powered by the Totally New MAZDA6 is well into its second half. The anticipated battle between Audi and Peugeot is into the seventh hour with Peugeot's ...
PEUGEOT, AUDI RACING INTO PETIT DUSK
The sun is setting at Road Atlanta as Petit Le Mans powered by the Totally New MAZDA6 is well into its second half. The anticipated battle between Audi and Peugeot is into the seventh hour with Peugeot's Stephane Sarrazin leading Audi Sport North America's Lucas Luhr in a battle of diesel prototypes.
As the race entered the eighth hour, Sarrazin was three seconds up on Luhr as the field got up to speed after a recent yellow flag period that arose when Tafel Racing's No. 73 Ferrari F430 GT spun at Turn 3. Six different entries have led throughout with Audi and Peugeot spending most of the time out front.
Down through the field, driver championships are on their way to conclusion. In LMP2, Penske Racing's Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas need to finish third or better to wrap up their second straight title. Challengers David Brabham and Scott Sharp went out early when Sharp crashed at the exit of Turn 10B early on, forcing Patron Highcroft Racing to retire its Acura ARX-01b.
At the restart, Andretti Green Racing's Acura of Franck Montagny, Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti were leading Penske's Porsche RS Spyder of Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves. Dumas and Bernhard were third.
Ron Fellows led GT1 in Corvette Racing's No. 3 Corvette C6.R that he is sharing with Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen. A victory for the trio will wrap up the championship for O'Connell and Magnussen. They are six laps ahead of teammates Olivier Beretta, Oliver Gavin and Max Papis.
Flying Lizard Motorsports' trio of Jorg Bergmeister, Wolf Henzler and Marc Lieb led GT2 in their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. A victory for the No. 45 car will give Bergmeister and Henzler the class championship.
Lieb led Risi Competizione's Jaime Melo and his Ferrari F430 GT that he is driving with Mika Salo. Tafel Racing's duo of Dominik Farnbacher and Dirk Mueller were third in class. Currently second in the championship, they need a victory today to keep their title hopes alive.