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2015 Petit Le Mans Recap

The second edition of Petit Le Mans under the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship was a wet and wild affair that saw the No. 911 Porsche factory team take overall honors after a rain-shortened IMSA season finale. This history-making effort by a GTLM team to become the first GT car in Petit Le Mans history to finish first rocketed the No. 911, with drivers Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz, to also take home the championship title.

Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sébastien Bourdais of the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP led the Prototype field and finished third overall, while the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA machine took the Prototype Challenge class win. In GT Daytona, Patrick Lindsey, Spencer Pumpelly and Madison Snow brought their Park Place Motorsports Porsche home with a class win.

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Earl Bamber Wins Petit Le Mans GTLM Pole At Road Atlanta

To say today’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) qualifying session was unusual would be an understatement. The 15-minute session for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta saw multiple on-track incidents, penalties and failed post-session inspections.

While Earl Bamber posted the fastest time of the qualifying session, he lost control of his No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR with a few minutes remaining, going off course in Turn 5 and bringing out the red flag to stop the session. Per IMSA rules, the red flag wiped away his fastest time of 1:30.074. Thankfully for Bamber, his second fastest time of 1:30.304 (101.258 mph) was enough to keep him on the pole. However, due to chassis damage sustained in the incident, the team went to a backup car, and the new No. 912 Porsche also co-driven by Joerg Bergmeister and Frederic Makowiecki will start at the back of the GT grid.

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Negri Leads Opening Practice For Petit Le Mans in No. 60 Honda Prototype

Competitors Brave Challenging Conditions At Road Atlanta

It was a good news, bad news scenario for Michael Shank Racing in Thursday’s opening preparations at Road Atlanta for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, the final round of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

Again demonstrating the potential of the team’s No. 60 AERO Honda/Ligier JS P2, Ozz Negri had the fastest lap of the day in the dry opening session. Competitors then faced a variety of challenges during the next two sessions, with both afternoon and night practice run during the rain. The No. 60 car spun and hit the barrier on the front straight during the night practice with John Pew at the wheel, causing damage that may jeopardize its participation in the event.

Earlier in the day, Negri toured the 12-turn, 2.54-mile road course in a time of 1:15.163 (121.656 mph) to lead Prototype (P) competitors. The Brazilian has led 18 sessions this season – including at least one at all nine permanent circuits on the schedule.

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