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Peugeot Sport Takes Pole At 2011 Petit Le Mans

Photos: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

Anthony Davidson captured the pole for the second year in a row in the #7 Peugeot Sport 908 during Friday’s qualifying session for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta with a lap time of 1:07.556.

Audi Sport will try to hold off the Peugeot 908s from winning their third straight Petit Le Mans with the pair of R18 TDIs.  Timo Bernhard showed how competitive the two European teams are by qualifying second in the #1 Audi R18 TDI only 0.128 seconds beind Davidson’s 908.  The top four cars set qualifying times within 0.585 seconds of one another.

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2011 Petit Le Mans – Thursday Report

Photo credit: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

The Speed:Sport:Life team has arrived at Road Atlanta and what a day Thursday was for American Le Mans and the Porsche GT3 Challenge cars.

In the American Le Mans / ILMC series, Simon Pagenaud and Peugeot Sport set the fastest time during the last lap of the 2-hour night practice session with a lap of 1:09.027.

Pagenaud’s lap time was only 0.080 seconds faster than the time set by Romain Dumas in the #1 Audi R18 TDI.  The top three cars were all within 0.159 seconds of one another which means qualifying today will be very interesting to watch.

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2011 Petit Le Mans Entry List Revealed

The 14th annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta is just 9 days away and the entry list is more impressive than ever.  The 1,000 mile/10-hour enduro is the final round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series and the penultimate round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.  Because of the strong participation in the ILMC this year, many international teams that aren’t seen during the regular season have entered this year’s event.   As it stands now,  58 cars will fight for 53 starting grid positions.

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Audi Unveils the new R18 TDI Le Mans Prototype

After a 2010 Le Mans season that Audi Sport would rather forget, they are back for 2011 with this all-new Audi R18 TDI prototype.   Powered by a 3.7-liter V6 TDI, Audi hopes that the diesel powered R18 does a much better job fighting the Peugeots off than the R15 and R15 Plus did.  Audi says that the chassis and aerodynamics package contains the best features and know-how of the R8, R10 TDI and R15 TDI.  As with the Acura prototypes, Audi has fitted the R18 with identically sized front and rear wheels.  Audi says this helps maintain a more balanced weight distribution.

Audi will field three Audi R18 cars at Le Mans under Audi Sport Team Joest, as well as campaigning the R18 in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup for a total of seven endurance races in 2011.  Because the car is still very much under development, Audi will be sending two R15 TDI Plus cars to Sebring to compete in the first round of the ILMC, and plans are for the R18 to make its debut at the Spa-Francorchamps 6 hour endurance on May 8th, 2011.  The R18 TDI will make it’s only North American appearance for 2011 at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 1st, 2011. 

We wish the Audi Sport team all the luck and congratulate them on building this absolutely sinister looking prototype.  We can’t wait to see the R18 TDI run at Petit Le Mans next year! 

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Truth in four and fifty-four.

Drayson Lola

Drayson Lola

It’s the height of presumption for a club-level racer such as myself to believe that I can effectively analyze a race like the 2009 Petit LeMans. To some degree, until the day comes that I put on my helmet and sit behind the wheel of an LMP1 in a major race, I’ll be doing nothing but vaguely educated guessing as regards what goes on beneath the surface in the ALMS — and that day will mostly likely never arrive. Still, after some conversations with the people who did put their helmets on for this one, and after reviewing the video at length, I think it’s safe to make some basic observations about what happened during this most unusual episode of America’s roadracing history.
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