BRASELTON, Ga. — Peugeot won Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA 2 on Saturday, this time running the full 1,000 miles. A year after winning a rain-shortened race at Road Atlanta, the trio of Franck Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy scored a 61-second victory in their diesel-powered Peugeot 908 HDI. They led a second-straight one-two finish for the French manufacturer in the cornerstone event for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
The second Peugeot of Anthony Davidson, Marc Gene and Alexander Wurz placed second after winning the season-opening race at Sebring. The Sarrazin car pitted with 34 minutes left without losing the lead to its sister car. Sarrazin and Montagny were winners in last year’s race.
Audi Sport Team Joest’s Audi R15 TDI finished third, two laps down. Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Dindo Capello teamed together, and the Audi suffered a late-race puncture that foiled any chances for victory.
In LMP2, Patrón Highcroft Racing capped a second-straight championship season with a class victory for David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti. Brabham and Pagenaud won the LMP championship. Honda Performance Development won the class manufacturer championship.
The Muscle Milk Team CytoSport Porsche RS Spyder of Klaus Graf, Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr placed second in class. Oak Racing, which made its first start in the Series, placed third. Jacques Nicolet, Patrice Lafargue and Frederic Da Rocha placed third in their Pescarolo-Judd.
The GT2 battle was as tense as expected. Corvette Racing won for the first time this season when Risi Competizione’s Ferrari F430 GT stopped with two turns remaining and out of fuel. Oliver Gavin drove by Toni Vilander and won with Jan Magnussen and Emmanuel Collard in their Corvette C6.R. Extreme Speed Motorsports finished second with Dominik Farnbacher, Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek sharing a Ferrari.
Vilander was credited in third place with Gianmaria Bruni.
BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team placed fourth with one of its two BMW M3 GTs, good enough for the GT manufacturer championship for the German marque and team title for RLR. Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Patrick Long and Jörg Bergmeister placed fifth in their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and won their second straight class driving title.
In LMP Challenge, Level 5 Motorsports won in class and claimed the first season championship. Scott Tucker, Marco Werner and Burt Frisselle took the LMPC race victory in their ORECA FLM09 with Tucker winning the driving title. Intersport Racing’s Kyle Marcelli, and Chapman and David Ducote placed second in class. PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports came home third with the driving trio of Luis Diaz, Ricardo Gonzalez and Ryan Lewis.
TRG won in GT Challenge, but Black Swan Racing won the team championship as did BSR’s Tim Pappas and Jeroen Bleekemolen in the driver standings. The TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car of Andy Lally, Henri Richard and Duncan Ende won by 5.283 seconds over the Black Swan Porsche for the team’s second win of the year. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen co-drove the Black Swan car.
Magnus Racing, making its first Series start, placed third with the trio of Andrew Davis, John Potter and Ryan Eversley.