Motorsport Newsletter 25/2009 - Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 18:09

September 27, 2009

Motorsport Newsletter 25/2009

  • Premature end for “Petit Le Mans” race
  • Tough weekend for Audi Sport Italia
Premature end for "Petit Le Mans" race
The 1000 mile race "Petit Le Mans" at Road Atlanta (USA) had to be called after less then five of the scheduled ten hours due to torrential rain. Audi dominated the opening stages of the race leading 167 of the 184 laps which were completed. When the red flag came out, however, Audi Sport Team Joest’s two Audi R15 TDI prototypes were running in third and fourth positions in which they were finally also classified. As a small consolation the Audi squad won the "Michelin GreenX Challenge" which was awarded to the most environmentally friendly and efficient car.
Tough weekend for Audi Sport Italia
Round eleven of the Italian GT Championship at Mugello did not even last a lap for the team of Audi Sport Italia: Giorgio Sanna was involved in a multiple car crash just after the start and had to retire. Sanna and Portugal’s Filipe Albuquerque, who replaced Audi "factory" driver Dindo Capello at Mugello, finished the second race in fifth position despite a damaged suspension on their Audi R8 LMS.
Results and point scores
Road Atlanta (USA), September 26, American Le Mans Series round 9
1 Sarrazin/Montagny (Peugeot) 184 laps in 4h 48m 11.557s
2 Minassian/Lamy (Peugeot) + 2.011s
3 Capello/McNish (Audi R15 TDI) + 3.465s
4 Luhr/Werner (Audi R15 TDI) - 1 lap
5 Panis/Lapierre/Dumas (Oreca-AIM) - 3 laps
Mugello (I), September 26, Italian GT Championship round 11
1 Grassoto/Piccini (Lamborghini) 23 laps in 50m 34.754s
2 Livio/Bontempelli (Ferrari) + 52.081s
3 Earle/la Mazza (Ferrari) + 1m 04.228s
4 Berton/Cressoni (Lamborghini) - 1 lap
Mugello (I), September 27, Italian GT Championship round 12
1 Livio/Bontempelli (Ferrari) 24 laps in 51m 47.079s
2 Grassotto/Piccini (Lamborghini) + 0.489s
3 Borghi/de Lorenzi (Porsche) + 11.446s
4 Salucci/Ceccato (Ferrari) + 31.238s
5 Albuquerque/Sanna (Audi R8 LMS) + 1m 02.851s
Positions after 12 of 14 rounds: 1 Livio/Bontempelli, 122 points; 2 de Lorenzi/Borghi, 114; 3 Grassotto, 107; 4 Sanna, 91, 5 Capello, 85.
Coming up next week
Round 8 of the BFGoodrich Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring (Saturday) ... Rounds 9 and 10 of the FIA European GT3 Championship at Le Castellet (Saturday/Sunday) ... Rounds 11 and 12 of the French GT3 Championship at Le Castellet (Saturday/Sunday).
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