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The second full day of testing ahead of the 14th annual Petit Le Mans was held yesterday during a four hour testing session.  Romain Dumas set the fastest time of the session during his second to last lap in the #1 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 TDI with a lap time of 1:08.394.

Prior to Dumas’ fast lap time, the two factory Peugeot Sport 908s dominated the test session.  The #7 908 of Sebastien Bourdais, Anthony Davidson and Simon Pagenaud set the second fastest lap time of 1:08.569 while the #8 908 of Franck Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and Alexander Wurz set the third fastest lap of the day at 1:09.311.  None of the cars were able to top the overall fast lap time of 1:08.291 set Sunday by Anthony Davidson in the #7 908.

Level 5 Motorsports’ Luis Diaz was fastest in LMP2 with a 1:13.291 in the HPD ARX-01g.  The second Level 5 ARX-01g of Tucker, Bouchut and Barbosa finished just 0.438 seconds behind Diaz.  The Signatech Nissan ORECA 03 car of Mailleux, Ordonez and Vernay rounded out the top three with a time of 1:14.003.

The Laguna Seca GT class winning Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 RSR  of Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Marc Lieb set the fast lap in GTE Pro at 1:20.251 with the next three cars in the pack finishing within a mere 0.586 seconds of the Lizards.  The Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia of Raphael Matos, Jaime Melo and Toni Vilander set a time of 1:20.669 followed by the Corvette Racing C6.R of Olivier Beretta, Antonio Garcia and Tommy Milner with a lap time of 1:20.562.

In GTE Am, the AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT driven by Rui Aguas, Justin Bell and Rob Kauffman was fastest with a lap time of 1:21.217.  The next fastest in GTE Am was the Larbre Racing Corvette C6-ZR1 of Patrick Bornhauser, Gabriele Gardel and Julien Canal who finished over a second behind with a lap time of 1.22.280.

Rounding out the classes, Genoa Racing’s ORECA FLM09 was the quickest in LMPC with a lap of 1:18.563 while the TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car of Ben Keating, Jim Norman, and Dion von Moltke was fastest in GTC with a time of 1:25.446.

The next test session for Petit Le Mans is scheduled for 2:45pm to 4:45pm on Wednesday, September 28th.


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