Honda Captures Petit Le Mans Victory At Road Atlanta

Olivier Pla held off Pipo Derani in a battle of Honda-powered Ligiers to win Saturday’s Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, while Corvette Daytona Prototype drivers Dane Cameron and Eric Curran captured the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a fourth-place finish.

“It was a dream weekend from the beginning,” said Pla, who won his second TOTAL Pole Award in Friday’s qualifying session. “I had a really good feeling and sometimes it works. I always go for it, but I really wanted this one.”

Pla was joined by Ozz Negri and John Pew in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Curb Records/AERO Honda Ligier JS P2, leading 230 of the 412 laps in their second victory of the season. After 10 hours of competition, Pla beat Derani to the checkered flag by 3.524 seconds, stopping a late-race charge by the Daytona and Sebring-winning No. 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Honda Ligier JS P2 co-driven by Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek.

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Petit Fast Facts

  • 10 hours of racing
  • First run on October 10, 1998
  • Class winners of this event receive an automatic invitation to the following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans

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