Credit: Peugeot Sport File Photo

Testing kicked off Sunday at Road Atlanta ahead of the 1,000-mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans enduro set to run on Saturday, October 1st.  The pair of diesel powered factory-backed Peugeot 908s topped the fast lap time charts, finishing 1-2 ahead of the two Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 TDIs.

23 cars turned up Sunday for the first test session for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.  The test day consisted of a two-hour session in the morning followed by a five-hour session in the afternoon.  Even with only about half the cars on the track for practice compared to what will be on track Saturday, drivers commented on the amount of traffic.  Audi Sport driver Romain Dumas said “Already there is a lot of traffic.  It will get much worse later in the week.  I do think that this will be the most difficult race of my career.”  The 53 car grid for the 2011 Petit Le Mans is the largest grid in the history of the Road Atlanta enduro.

The #7 Peugeot Sport Total 908 driven by Simon Pagenaud, Sebastien Bourdais and Anthony Davidson turned the fast lap of the day with a 1:08.291 in the afternoon test session.  The #8 Peugeot Sport Total 908 of Stephane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny and Alexander Wurz finished 0.519 seconds behind.

The #2 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 TDI of Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish set the third fastest lap of the day with a 1:09.440 .  The #1 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 TDI of Romain Dumas, Timo Bernhard and Marcel Fässler finished forth with a lap time of 1:09.662.

In LMP2, the Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX01g of Joao Barbosa, Christophe Bouchut and Scott Tucker set the fast lap of 1:14.799.  The Oak Racing Pescarolo-Judd of Jacques Nicolet, Patrice Lafargue and Frederic Da Rocha set the second fastest LMP2 lap time, finishing 0.694 seconds behind the Level 5 car.

Corvette Racing’s pair of Corvette C6.Rs set the pace in GT, lead by the #4 car of Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, and Richard Westbrook who ran a 1:20.692 while the sister car of Oliver Beretta, Antonio Garcia and Tommy Milner finished the day only 0.154 seconds behind.  The Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsch 911 GT3 RSR of Jörg Bergmeister and Patrick Long rounded out the top three with a time of 1:20.971.

TRG Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Duncan Ende, Peter Ludwig and Spencer Pumpelly was the fastest GTC car of the day with a time of 1:25.654, with the second TRG entry of Ben Keating, Jim Norman and Dion von Moltke finishing 0.886 seconds behind.  The Magnus Racing Porsche of John Potter and Craig Stanton finished third at 1:27.666.

Genoa Racing’s ORECA FLM09 of Jordon Gregor, Aldous Mitchell and Bassam Kronfli had the fastest LMPC lap at 1:18.302.

Testing for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta continues today with two four-hour sessions.

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