Rain looming over Petit

October 1, 2015

Rain looming over Petit

October 1, 2015

_RD48162TUDOR United SportsCar Championship teams faced heavy rain in this afternoon’s session at Petit Le Mans and the forecast for the remainder of the weekend at Road Atlanta is not looking bright.

From after midnight tonight, the forecast calls for rain, showers or light rain in the hourly forecast through to Saturday afternoon.

The forecast brings back memories of the International Le Mans Cup race here at Road Atlanta in 2009. Originally schedule to run for a distance 1,000 miles 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.

The track suffered from several “rivers” of water crossing the track making racing extremely dangerous.

Rain today also forced the cancellation of the CTSC qualifying session.

_RD48127Many teams today elected to only do a handful of laps once rain set in. Class leaders included the Riley Ford EcoBoost of Joey Hand in Prototypes, GTLM championship leader Patrick Pilet aboard his Porsche, Sean Rayhall in PC and Jeroen Bleekemolen in GTD.

The tough Road Atlanta circuit has already claimed a number of victims including the no.38 PC car or Connor Daly (crashed in the first session) and the No.85 PC machine of Mikhail Goikhberg (pictured right) who crashed in the rain in the afternoon.

Daly’s Performance Tech PC machine will now miss the race after the second-generation racer’s car bottomed out on the exit kerb in turn one and finished in the wall.

Other PC drivers to suffer off track excursions today included Mirco Schultis and Tomy Drissi.

Teams will be back on track this evening for night practice from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

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