Jani, Belicchi & Prost Conquer Petit Le Mans

The start of Saturday's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. (ALMS photo)
The start of Saturday’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. (ALMS photo)

BRASELTON, Ga. — Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, Level 5 Motorsports and Rebellion Racing were the big winners Saturday at Road Atlanta and Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda.

Neel Jani, Andrea Belicchi and Nicolas Prost won the 1,000-mile race for the first time with a three-lap victory in their Lola-Toyota.

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing captured the big prize though with the P1 drivers and team championship in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf finished second in class but completed enough laps to sew up both titles.

Level 5 Motorsports’ Scott Tucker and Christophe Bouchut repeated as P2 driver champions with a class victory alongside Luis Diaz in their No. 95 HPD ARX-03b. The trio took the lead for good when Conquest Racing’s Martin Plowman went off track and then was penalized for speeding in pit lane with 20 minutes left.

Extreme Speed Motorsports’ fuel gamble paid off as Toni Vilander went the last 70 minutes of the race on one tank of E85 to take the GT race win. Vilander drove the No. 01 Ferrari F458 Italia with Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek.

The unclassified Nissan DeltaWing finished sixth overall. The unique prototype of Gunnar Jeannette and Lucas Ordonez completed 388 laps.

CORE autosport’s trio of Alex Popow, Ryan Dalziel and Mark Wilkins won the Prototype Challenge race in their No. 9 ORECA FLM09 by two laps over RSR Racing. NGT Motorsport won its first ALMS race with a GT Challenge victory for the trio of Henrique Cisneros, Marino Farnbacher and Jakub Giermaziak in the No. 30 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Anthony Pons, Raymond Narac and Nicolas Armindo won the GTE AM class in their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.