Tag - Intercontinental Le Mans Cup

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 R18 TDI Bests Peugeot’s 908 at Le Mans Test Day

 Audi R18 photos courtesy Audi Sport

Though there were many stories to come out of the 2011 Le Mans testing day, all eyes were on the Audisport with their new R18 prototype and Peugeot with their new 908.  This was the first time these two Le Mans juggernauts were on track at the same time with their two new protype racers.  Audi’s R18 was consistantly faster in testing than the the new Peugeot 908 with Audi Sport North America’s Tom Kristensen setting the quickest overall lap of 3:27.687 in the #3 R18.  Stephane Sarrazin ran the best time for Peugeot with a 3:27.876.

Due to the new regulations imposed by the ACO with more focus on aerodynamics and less on power, the best laptimes were almost 9 seconds off from the 2011 pole time of 3:18.711 set by Sebastien Bourdais in the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP.

The first race pitting the Audi R18 and Peugeot 908 head-to-head happens May 7th at the 1000 Kilometres of Spa-Francorchamp, which is also the second round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.  Given that both teams were relatively close in Le Mans testing, the first race should be an exciting one.

RESULTS:
Session 1:
1: Audi R18 TDI no.1, 3’27’’900, 50 laps
2: Audi R18 TD1 no.2, 3’28’’503, 38 laps
3: Audi R18 TD1 no.3, 3’30’’382, 45 laps
4: Peugeot 908 no.8 (Sarrazin, Davidson), 3’30”516, 43 laps
5: Peugeot 908 no.7 (Minassian, Gene), 3’32”549, 59 laps
6: Peugeot 908 no.9 (Wurz, Bourdais), 3’32”578, 32 laps

Full Audi R18 Le Mans Test Day Photo Gallery After The Jump

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