Petit Le Mans – Live Race Blog – Day Into Night

October 2, 2010

Petit Le Mans – Live Race Blog – Day Into Night

October 2, 2010

Darkness has hit and the race looks to be going to Peugeot. Photo credit: Rick Dole for Michelin North America

Peugeot and Audi have completed their final round of pit stops. Neither Peugeot took tires or changed drivers on their last stops. As the race has progressed, the track temperatures have now dropped more than 20 degrees from where they were earlier.

The two Peugeots still lead with Stephane Sarrazin in the No. 08 and Anthony Davidson in the No. 07 and are set to capture their second win in two starts in the American Le Mans Series this season.

P2 looks to be in the bank for Highcroft Racing, with David Brabham on track to bring the HPD ARX 01-c home for both the class win and the championship. They have been in a battle with the No. 37 Intersport Lola in P1 for fourth place overall.

GT2 is a bit less settled. All of the top seven are on the border of making it to the finish without a splash of fuel. At the moment, Toni Vilander leads for Risi Ferrari (No. 62) over the No. 4 Corvette, No. 01 Extreme Speed Ferrari, No. 92 Rahal Letterman BMW, No. 3 Corvette, and No. 45 Flying Lizard Porsche.

The manufacturer’s title could still go to Ferrari, Porsche or BMW depending how it shakes out. It’s that close.

Other cars still running strongly after fighting through challenges are the Muscle Milk Team CytoSport Porsche RS Spyder on seven cylinders, Drayson Racing’s Lola Judd Coupe with only two drivers, and the No. 04 Robertson Doran Ford GT-R which is on pace for the team’s best result of the season in eighth.


The two Audis and two Peugeots. Photo credit: Rick Dole for Michelin North America

Light has ceded to darkness at Petit Le Mans. There are more than eight hours complete in the 1,000 mile or 10-hour endurance race, and temperatures have fallen to 75 degrees Fahrenheit ambient and 87 on track. The track cools quickly.

Teams must complete 70 percent of the race distance to earn points, with championships in each class on the line.

The two Peugeots lead overall from the No. 7 Audi, with the Intersport No. 37 Lola AER now moving into fourth overall ahead of the No. 1 Highcroft HPD. Highcroft is looking to secure the driver’s, team’s and MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge championships.

GT2 is going through a round of pit stops, but Corvette is poised to capture its first victory of the season. The leading cars, the Risi and Extreme Speed Ferraris, the Flying Lizard Porsche and Rahal Letterman BMW, have all run in lockstep.

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