Petit Le Mans - Road Atlanta - Sept. 26, 2009 (HD)
About 4 minutes of footage I shot at the 2009 Petit Le Mans. Race was
stopped a little over 4 hours into it on account of rain. I had only
filmed from 3 spots at that point so there isn't too much variety in the
action. This was the first real use of my new Canon HF S-100. I've edited
out my shaky footage (no tripod) but have not altered the video otherwise.
Alms 2008 Road Atlanta- Peugeot 908 HDI FAP Final Deception
37 cars at the start, 11 safety car interventions, 394 laps of the
exacting, hilly American circuit, temperatures in excess of 30°C... and
just 4.512 seconds in it at the flag between the only Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
present and the N°1 Audi which finally took the spoils at Road Atlanta.
Peugeot Sport came to the United States to gain experience as it prepares
for its 2009 campaign, and thats exactly what it achieved!
The way qualifying unfolded suggested that the 2008 Petit Le Mans would be
an extremely close and unrelenting race, and it ended up being an amazing
1,000-mile sprint which turned the best-laid strategies on their head from
the start. In the hands of Nicolas Minassian, then Stéphane Sarrazin and
Christian Klien, the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP faced particularly stiff
competition from the American Le Mans Series regulars, namely Audi, Porsche
and Acura. And right from the beginning there was a spate of safety car
interventions, with a total of seven in the first four hours! Six cars took
turns at the front of the particularly buoyant pack and the Peugeot trio
spent much of the race crossing swords with the N°2 Audi of Werner/Luhr in
particular. At the height of this extraordinarily intense fight, Christian
Klien succeeded in posting the fastest race lap with a time of 1m 7.056s on
Lap 173, shortly before the midpoint, at which stage there were still eight
cars on the same lap! The battle became fiercer still during the second
half of the race as the N°1 Audi (McNish/Capello/Pirro) fought back to
figure amongst the front-runners after an accident during the formation
lap. Helped by the numerous safety car interventions, it succeeded in
making up lost ground after taking time to make repairs. The three cars
(two Audis and the Peugeot) traded the provisional lead as a function of
their refuelling stops and driver/tyre changes. With some 20 laps
remaining, Christian Klien, who was clearly faster, made an attempt to pass the then
leader McNish who responded with a virile defensive manoeuvre which saw the
Peugeot driver lose valuable seconds. A further safety car intervention
deprived the Peugeot driver of a second chance and he ultimately crossed
the line 4 seconds after the N°1 Audi, and with the slenderest of cushions
over his chasers. No fewer than five cars took the flag on the same lap
after almost 10 hours of racing round a track on which the Peugeot 908 HDi
FAP was competing for the very first time.
Michel BARGE: "We came to Road Atlanta to work on our approach to race
strategy, gain pit-stop experience and push the cars reliability, and thats
exactly what we achieved. Events like this confirm our belief that we need
to race and glean extra experience as we prepare for 2009. We gave it our
very best effort all the way to the flag and crossed the line just 4
seconds behind our rival which has gone unbeaten round this highly specific
track for many years. We only had one 908 HDi FAP here but we didnt have a
single technical problem and the team rose magnificently to the challenge
of taking on the high level, battle-hardened competition we knew we would
face this weekend."
Road Atlanta - final positions:
1, Audi (McNish/Pirro/Capello), 394 laps in 9h 41m 17.825s
2, Peugeot 908 HDi FAP (Sarrazin/Klien/Minassian), +4.512s
3, Audi (Werner/Luhr), +7.565s
4, Porsche (Castroneves/Briscoe), +42.672s
5, Porsche (Bernhard/Dumas), +1m 4.350s Etc.
Fastest race lap: C. Klien (Peugeot 908 HDi FAP), 1m 7.056s
Audi R15: Failure at Le Mans 2009
ENGLISH: This video shows Audi at the 2009 Le Mans and their failure to
secure a 1st position podium. All of the lock ups and crashes from Audi. As
much as Audi was disappointed they manged a 3rd place podium finish ahead
of one of the Peugeot teams.
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DEUTSCH: Dieses Video zeigt Audi bei der Le Mans 2009 und ihr Scheitern an
der 1. Position ein Podium zu sichern. Alle des Schlosses ups und Abstürze
von Audi. So viel wie Audi war enttäuscht, sie manged einen 3. Platz
Podiumsplatz vor einer der Peugeot-Teams.
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ALMS - Patrón Highcroft Racing - Petit Le Mans Preparations
For more visit http://www.drivestv.com - In what turned out to be the
biggest story of the year, the Highcroft team prepares the car for it's
pivotal race at Petit Le Mans. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the team
as they make their final adjustments and discover a potential problem that
they work as a team to overcome.