2009 Petit Le Mans

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The 2009 Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda6 was the twelfth running of the Petit Le Mans and the ninth round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series season. It took place at the Road Atlanta circuit in Braselton, Georgia on September 26, 2009. Originally schedule to run for a distance 1,000 miles (1,600 km) or a time of ten hours, the race was stopped after four hours due to heavy rains. The race was not restarted and the results were determined from the final lap prior to the stoppage.[1]

When race officials decided to not restart the event Nicolas Minassian and Stéphane Sarrazin of the #08 Peugeot were declared the winners, leading their team car #07. Audi, who had won this race every year since 2000, finished in third and fourth places. This race was the first time Audi lost at Petit Le Mans since its first run since 2000. This was also the first time that neither of the Volkswagen Group marques (Audi and Porsche) winning (or finishing even the top two, in all cases) its classes. In the LMP2 category Dyson Racing Team won their second race of the season with the #20 Lola-Mazda of Marino Franchitti, Ben Devlin, and Butch Leitzinger ranking 13th overall and 29 laps ahead of their nearest class competitor. The GT2 category was won by Risi Competizione Ferrari leading the Rahal Letterman Racing BMW and Farnbacher-Loles Porsche on the podium.

During Thursday practice on September 24, which took place in dry, sunny conditions, Scott Sharp had a violent crash in the Acura ARX-02a exiting turn one after making contact with the Farnbacher-Loles Porsche entry, which was leaving the pits. Sharp's car turned on its left side, hit the fence, then barrel-rolled three-and-a-half times before landing right-side up.[2] Sharp walked away from the incident. On Friday, September 25, at 9:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time, a new tub arrived from the Honda Performance Development Center in Los Angeles.[2] The Highcroft Racing team then spent the next 24 hours rebuilding the car, getting some assistance from archrival de Ferran Motorsports.[2] The team only used 10 percent of the parts from the original car,[2] and were forced to start the race from pit road.[2]

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying result[edit]

Pole position winners in each class are marked in bold.[3]

Pos Class Team Qualifying Driver Lap Time
1 LMP1 #07 Team Peugeot Total Nicolas Minassian 1:06.937
2 LMP1 #08 Team Peugeot Total Franck Montagny 1:07.160
3 LMP1 #2 Audi Sport Team Joest Rinaldo Capello 1:08.200
4 LMP1 #1 Audi Sport North America Lucas Luhr 1:08.228
5 LMP1 #66 de Ferran Motorsports Simon Pagenaud 1:08.348
6 LMP1 #7 Team Oreca Matmut AIM Nicolas Lapierre 1:09.566
7 LMP1 #37 Intersport Racing Jon Field 1:09.685
8 LMP2 #20 Dyson Racing Team Marino Franchitti 1:10.152
9 LMP1 #88 Drayson Racing Jonny Cocker 1:10.552
10 LMP2 #6 Team Cytosport Klaus Graf 1:11.405
11 LMP2 #15 Lowe's Fernández Racing Adrian Fernández 1:11.758
12 LMP1 #12 Autocon Motorsports Chris McMurry 1:12.676
13 GT2 #40 Robertson Racing David Murry 1:20.819
14 GT2 #28 LG Motorsports Tom Sutherland 1:20.877
15 GT2 #4 Corvette Racing Olivier Beretta 1:20.912
16 GT2 #92 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Dirk Müller 1:20.981
17 GT2 #90 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Joey Hand 1:21.219
18 GT2 #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Patrick Long 1:21.299
19 GT2 #3 Corvette Racing Johnny O'Connell 1:21.491
20 GT2 #21 Panoz Team PTG Dominik Farnbacher 1:21.648
21 GT2 #87 Farnbacher-Loles Racing Wolf Henzler 1:21.760
22 GT2 #62 Risi Competizione Jaime Melo 1:22.718
23 GT2 #17 Team Falken Tires Bryan Sellers 1:23.081
24 GT2 #11 Primetime Race Group Chris Hall 1:23.121
25 GT2 #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Seth Neiman 1:25.601
LMP1 #9 Patrón Highcroft Racing Did Not Participate
LMP1 #10 ECO Racing Did Not Participate
UNC #16 Dyson Racing Team Did Not Participate
LMP2 #19 van der Steur Racing Did Not Participate

Race[edit]

Race result[edit]

Class winners are marked in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance are marked as Not Classified (NC).[4]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tire Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 08 France Team Peugeot Total France Franck Montagny
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 184
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
2 LMP1 07 France Team Peugeot Total France Nicolas Minassian
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 184
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
3 LMP1 2 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest United Kingdom Allan McNish
Italy Rinaldo Capello
Audi R15 TDI M 184
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
4 LMP1 1 Germany Audi Sport North America Germany Marco Werner
Germany Lucas Luhr
Audi R15 TDI M 183
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
5 LMP1 7 France Team Oreca Matmut AIM France Nicolas Lapierre
France Olivier Panis
France Romain Dumas
Oreca 01 M 181
AIM YS5.5 5.5 L V10
6 LMP1 9 United States Patrón Highcroft Racing Australia David Brabham
United States Scott Sharp
United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
Acura ARX-02a M 180
Acura AR7 4.0 L V8
7 UNC 16 United States Dyson Racing Team United States Chris Dyson
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Lola B09/86 M 177
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
(Butanol)
8 GT2 62 United States Risi Competizione Brazil Jaime Melo
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Finland Mika Salo
Ferrari F430GT M 170
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
9 GT2 92 United States BMW Rahal Letterman Racing United States Tommy Milner
Germany Dirk Müller
Germany Jörg Müller
BMW M3 GT2 D 169
BMW 4.0 L V8
10 GT2 87 United States Farnbacher-Loles Motorsports Germany Wolf Henzler
Germany Dirk Werner
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 169
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
11 GT2 4 United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Monaco Olivier Beretta
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 169
Chevrolet 6.0 L V8
12 GT2 45 United States Flying Lizard Motorsports United States Patrick Long
Germany Jörg Bergmeister
Germany Marc Lieb
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 169
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
13 LMP2 20 United States Dyson Racing Team United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
United Kingdom Ben Devlin
Lola B08/86 M 168
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
14 GT2 3 United States Corvette Racing United States Johnny O'Connell
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 168
Chevrolet 6.0 L V8
15 GT2 44 United States Flying Lizard Motorsports United States Darren Law
United States Seth Neiman
United States Johannes van Overbeek
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 162
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
16 GT2 28 United States LG Motorsports United States Tom Sutherland
United States Tomy Drissi
United States Matt Bell
Chevrolet Corvette C6 D 157
Chevrolet LS3 6.3 L V8
17
DNF
LMP1 37 United States Intersport Racing United States Jon Field
United States Clint Field
Lola B06/10 D 152
AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8
18 GT2 21 United States Panoz Team PTG United Kingdom Ian James
Germany Dominik Farnbacher
Panoz Esperante GT-LM Y 152
Ford 5.0 L V8
19
DNF
LMP1 12 United States Autocon Motorsports United States Bryan Willman
United States Chris McMurry
Canada Tony Burgess
Lola B06/10 D 144
AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8
20 GT2 40 United States Robertson Racing United States David Robertson
United States Andrea Robertson
United States David Murry
Ford GT-R Mk. VII D 142
Ford 5.0 L V8
21 LMP2 15 Mexico Lowe's Fernández Racing Mexico Adrian Fernández
Mexico Luis Díaz
Acura ARX-01B M 139
Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8
22 LMP2 6 United States Team Cytosport United States Greg Pickett
Germany Klaus Graf
Germany Sascha Maassen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 136
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
23 GT2 17 United States Team Falken Tire United States Bryan Sellers
United States Dominic Cicero
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR F 136
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
24 LMP1 66 United States de Ferran Motorsports Brazil Gil de Ferran
France Simon Pagenaud
New Zealand Scott Dixon
Acura ARX-02a M 136
Acura AR7 4.0 L V8
25 GT2 90 United States BMW Rahal Letterman Racing United States Bill Auberlen
United States Joey Hand
United Kingdom Andy Priaulx
BMW M3 GT2 D 133
BMW 4.0 L V8
26
DNF
GT2 11 United States Primetime Race Group United States Joel Feinberg
United Kingdom Chris Hall
Dodge Viper Competition Coupe Y 129
Dodge 8.3 L V10
27
NC
LMP1 88 United Kingdom Drayson Racing United Kingdom Paul Drayson
United Kingdom Jonny Cocker
United Kingdom Rob Bell
Lola B09/60 M 123
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
DNS LMP1 10 United Kingdom ECO Racing Japan Hideki Noda
Argentina José Manuel Balbiani
South Africa Dion von Moltke
Radical SR9 D
ECO (AER) 5.0 L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
DNS LMP2 19 United States van der Steur Racing United States Gunnar van der Steur
United States Adam Pecorari
United States Robbie Pecorari
Radical SR9 K
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4

References[edit]

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2008
Petit Le Mans
2009
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2010
American Le Mans Series
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