ALMS – 14th Annual Petit Le Mans Recap

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ALMS Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta
The Level 5 driving trio of Tucker, Bouchut and Barbosa enjoyed an early-race battle with the Signatech Nissan Oreca 03 Nissan of JK Vernay, Franck Mailleus and Lucas Ordonez, before the Nissan ran into power-steering issues in the sixth hour which gave the Level 5 trio and the HPD ARX-01g a clear road to the end of the race and the LMP2 class win.

 

 

ALMS Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta
At the line it was Joerg Bergmeister in the #045 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR he shared with Patrick Long and Patrick Pilet by 0.182 seconds over Dirk Werner, who co-drove with Bill Auberlen and Augusto Farfus. The runner-up finish for Flying Lizard enabled Michelin to claim the 2011 GT tire manufacturer's title, while third place for BMW Motorsports was enough for BMW to earn its second consecutive GT car manufacturer's championship.

 

 

ALMS Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta
In classic GT fashion the Flying Lizard and Team RLL BMW, driven by Dirk Werner – Bill Auberlen – Augusto Farfus, spent every inch of every lap around Road Atlanta sparring with each other.

 

BMW Motorsports took the GTE-Pro lead from pole-sitter AF Corse Ferrari early, but a punctured tire for the #55 BMW M3 GT handed the lead back to AF Corse and the #51 Ferrari F458 Italia driven by Giancarlo Fisichella, Gianmaria Bruni and Pierre Kaffer. A quick pit stop for BMW allowed Joey Hand to briefly take the class lead, but Bruni retook the spot on a restart moments later. Fisichella brought the Ferrari home for the win.

 

ALMS Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta

 

 

ALMS Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta
The #4 Corvette of Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen and Richard Westbrook finished fourth in the GT class, but first in the MICHELIN® GREEN-X® Challenge.  All the cars running in the GT class are using E85, which gives them good “Clean” scores. So the key to winning the GT MICHELIN® GREEN-X® Challenge is energy consumption (Efficiency) and race speed. 

 

 

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