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2008 Petit Le Mans

The 2008 Petit Le Mans powered by the Totally New Mazda6 was the eleventh running of the Petit Le Mans and the tenth round of the 2008 American Le Mans Series season. It took place at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, United States of America on October 4, 2008. This race marked the first time that the American Le Mans Series awarded victors in their Green Challenge, in preparation for a full championship in the 2009 season.



On Friday afternoon before Saturday's race, qualifying was held in two 25-minute sessions. The two GT categories ran first, led by the lone GT1 entries of Corvette Racing. Halfway through the session, it was Johnny O'Connell's #3 Corvette which achieved the fastest time before the squad ended the session early. In GT2, much of the battle was between the various Porsche and Ferrari teams. The Porsche of Farnbacher-Loles and the Ferrari of European entrant JMB Racing led early, but Jaime Melo in the Risi Competizione was able to give Ferrari the pole position by a margin of 0.057 seconds. Marc Goossens' LG Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette was the fastest qualifier not in a Ferrari or Porsche, completing the session in seventh.[1]

After a short break, the two Le Mans Prototype classes began their qualification session. After six minutes, Allan McNish in the Audi R10 TDI claimed overall pole position. Although Peugeot closed the gap on the Audi, McNish eventually returned to the pits to end his session. As McNish exited the car, Stéphane Sarrazin was able to better the Audi's time by 0.085 seconds and claim overall pole position for the race.[2] In the LMP2 category, returning Penske Porsche driver Ryan Briscoe led the class early. He was eventually joined by his two Penske teammates, giving the team a lock on the top three qualifying positions in the class. Andretti Green Racing's Acura followed the Porsche trio.[1]

Previous qualifying records for all four classes were broken in these two sessions. The top six overall qualifiers, the Peugeot, two Audis, and three Penske Porsches were also able to break an absolute track qualifying record initially set by Davy Jones in a Jaguar XJR-9 in 1992. Sarrazin's Peugeot bettered the Jaguar's record lap by approximately 2.5 mph (4.0 km/h) in average speed.[1]

Qualifying resultEdit

Pole position winners in each class are marked in bold.

Pos Class Team Qualifying Driver Time[3]
1 LMP1 #07   Peugeot Sport Total   Stéphane Sarrazin 1:06.242
2 LMP1 #1   Audi Sport North America   Allan McNish 1:06.327
3 LMP1 #2   Audi Sport North America   Marco Werner 1:06.818
4 LMP2 #5   Penske Motorsports, Inc.   Ryan Briscoe 1:07.061
5 LMP2 #7   Penske Racing   Romain Dumas 1:07.149
6 LMP2 #6   Penske Racing   Sascha Maassen 1:07.401
7 LMP2 #26   Andretti Green Racing   Franck Montagny 1:07.486
8 LMP2 #66   de Ferran Motorsports   Simon Pagenaud 1:07.656
9 LMP1 #50   Team LNT   Olivier Pla 1:07.656
10 LMP1 #37   Intersport Racing   Jon Field 1:07.784
11 LMP2 #15   Lowe's Fernández Racing   Adrian Fernández 1:07.866
12 LMP2 #9   Patrón Highcroft Racing   David Brabham 1:08.064
13 LMP2 #16   Dyson Racing   Guy Smith 1:08.175
14 LMP2 #20   Dyson Racing   Marino Franchitti 1:08.446
15 LMP2 #8   B-K Motorsports   Ben Devlin 1:08.896
16 LMP1 #88   Creation Autosportif   Harold Primat 1:09.402
17 LMP1 #48   Corsa Motorsports   Stefan Johansson 1:09.504
18 LMP1 #30   Intersport Racing   Ryan Lewis 1:09.785
19 LMP1 #888   Creation Autosportif   Stuart Hall 1:09.944
20 GT1 #3   Corvette Racing   Johnny O'Connell 1:16.542
21 GT1 #4   Corvette Racing   Olivier Beretta 1:16.589
22 GT2 #62   Risi Competizione   Jaime Melo 1:19.399
23 GT2 #87   Farnbacher-Loles Motorsports   Dirk Werner 1:19.456
24 GT2 #71   Tafel Racing   Dirk Müller 1:19.795
25 GT2 #45   Flying Lizard Motorsports   Jörg Bergmeister 1:19.885
26 GT2 #99   JMB Racing   Pierre Kaffer 1:20.206
27 GT2 #61   Risi Competizione   Niclas Jönsson 1:20.667
28 GT2 #28   LG Motorsports   Marc Goossens 1:20.743
29 GT2 #007   Drayson-Barwell   Darren Turner 1:20.940
30 GT2 #21   Panoz Team PTG   Tom Milner, Jr. 1:21.419
31 GT2 #40   Robertson Racing   David Murry 1:21.438
32 GT2 #54   Black Swan Racing   Anthony Lazzaro 1:21.616
33 GT2 #18   VICI Racing   Marc Basseng 1:21.876
34 GT2 #11   Primetime Race Group   Chris Hall 1:22.302
35 GT2 #44   Flying Lizard Motorsports 44   Seth Neiman 1:23.589
36 GT2 #73   Tafel Racing   Alex Figge 1:23.096
37 LMP1 #12   Autocon Motorsports Did Not Participate No Time
38 GT2 #46   Flying Lizard Motorsports Did Not Participate No Time

† - The #73 Tafel Racing was penalized due to a rule infraction during a pit stop in qualifying. The car was therefore moved to the back of the starting grid.


Just twenty minutes short of the ten-hour limit, the #1 Audi of Allan McNish completed the 1,000-mile (1,600 km) endurance just 4.5 seconds ahead of the #07 Peugeot of Christian Klien. The second Audi finished the overall podium, also on the lead lap. In LMP2, rookie Petit Le Mans entrant Hélio Castroneves led the trio of Penske Porsches past the checkered flag, locking out the podium. Porsches finished in five of the top six positions in the LMP2 class, joined only by the de Ferran Acura in fifth.[4]

After earlier mechanical problems with the #4 Corvette, its #3 teammate led to victory in the GT1 class unchallenged. The GT2 class was won by a Ferrari for the first time in the event's history, the #62 car of Risi Competizione leading the marque. It was followed by several seconds by the championship-leading Flying Lizard Porsche.[4]

In the first ever Green Challenge, Penske Racing and Corvette Racing won in their respective categories. The #6 car was the most efficient of the LMP cars, while the already victorious #3 Corvette was also the most efficient amongst GTs.

Race resultEdit

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tire Laps
1 LMP1 1   Audi Sport North America   Emanuele Pirro
  Rinaldo Capello
  Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI M 394
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
2 LMP1 07   Peugeot Sport Total   Nicolas Minassian
  Stéphane Sarrazin
  Christian Klien
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 394
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L V12
3 LMP1 2   Audi Sport North America   Marco Werner
  Lucas Luhr
Audi R10 TDI M 394
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
4 LMP2 5   Penske Motorsports, Inc.   Hélio Castroneves
  Ryan Briscoe
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 394
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
5 LMP2 7   Penske Racing   Timo Bernhard
  Romain Dumas
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 394
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
6 LMP2 6   Penske Racing   Patrick Long
  Sascha Maassen
  Emmanuel Collard
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 392
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
7 LMP2 20   Dyson Racing   Butch Leitzinger
  Marino Franchitti
  Andy Lally
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 391
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
8 LMP2 66   de Ferran Motorsports   Gil de Ferran
  Simon Pagenaud
  Scott Dixon
Acura ARX-01B M 388
Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8
9 LMP2 16   Dyson Racing   Chris Dyson
  Guy Smith
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 384
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
10 GT1 3   Corvette Racing   Johnny O'Connell
  Jan Magnussen
  Ron Fellows
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 365
Chevrolet LS7-R 7.0 L V8
(E85 ethanol)
11 GT1 4   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Olivier Beretta
  Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 359
Chevrolet LS7-R 7.0 L V8
(E85 ethanol)
12 GT2 62   Risi Competizione   Jaime Melo
  Mika Salo
Ferrari F430GT M 358
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
13 GT2 45   Flying Lizard Motorsports   Jörg Bergmeister
  Wolf Henzler
  Marc Lieb
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 358
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
14 LMP1 50   Team LNT
  Conquest Racing
  Danny Watts
  Olivier Pla
Ginetta-Zytek 07S M 355
Zytek 4.5 L V8
15 GT2 71   Tafel Racing   Dominik Farnbacher
  Dirk Müller
Ferrari F430GT M 355
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
LMP2 26   Andretti Green Racing   Franck Montagny
  Marco Andretti
  Tony Kanaan
Acura ARX-01B M 347
Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8
17 GT2 61   Risi Competizione
  Krohn Racing
  Tracy Krohn
  Eric van de Poele
  Niclas Jönsson
Ferrari F430GT M 346
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
18 GT2 99   JMB Racing
  Aucott Racing
  Ben Aucott
  Pierre Kaffer
  Stéphane Daoudi
Ferrari F430GT D 344
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
19 GT2 44   Flying Lizard Motorsports 44   Darren Law
  Seth Neiman
  Lonnie Pechnik
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 339
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
20 GT2 73   Tafel Racing   Jim Tafel
  Alex Figge
  Pierre Ehret
Ferrari F430GT M 331
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
GT2 46   Flying Lizard Motorsports   Johannes van Overbeek
  Patrick Pilet
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 311
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
GT2 007   Drayson-Barwell   Paul Drayson
  Jonny Cocker
  Darren Turner
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 D 294
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
(E85 ethanol)
GT2 18   VICI Racing   Nicky Pastorelli
  Francesco Pastorelli
  Marc Basseng
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR K 291
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
24 GT2 54   Black Swan Racing   Tim Pappas
  Anthony Lazzaro
  Andy Pilgrim
Ford GT-R Mk.VII F 291
Ford 5.0 L V8
25 GT2 21   Panoz Team PTG   Tom Milner, Jr.
  Joey Hand
  Andreas Wirth
Panoz Esperante GT-LM Y 282
Ford (Élan) 5.0 L V8
LMP2 15   Lowe's Fernández Racing   Adrian Fernández
  Luis Díaz
  Michel Jourdain, Jr.
Acura ARX-01B M 281
Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8
GT2 11   Primetime Race Group   Joel Feinberg
  Chris Hall
Dodge Viper Competition Coupe H 280
Dodge 8.3 L V10
GT2 87   Farnbacher-Loles Motorsports   Jörg Hardt
  Dirk Werner
  Bryce Miller
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 277
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
GT2 40   Robertson Racing   David Robertson
  Andrea Robertson
  David Murry
Ford GT-R Mk.VII D 263
Ford 5.0 L V8
LMP1 30   Intersport Racing   Ryan Lewis
  Luke Hines
  Georges Forgeois
Lola B07/17 K 237
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
LMP1 37   Intersport Racing   Jon Field
  Clint Field
  Richard Berry
Lola B06/10 D 160
AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8
(E85 ethanol)
LMP1 88   Creation Autosportif   Jamie Campbell-Walter
  Stephen Simpson
  Harold Primat
Creation CA07 D 138
AIM (Judd) YS5.5 5.5 L V10
(E85 ethanol)
LMP1 12   Autocon Motorsports   Chris McMurry
  Bryan Willman
  Tony Burgess
Lola B06/10 D 122
AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8
LMP1 888   Creation Autosportif   Liz Halliday
  Dean Stirling
  Stuart Hall
Creation CA07 D 113
AIM (Judd) YS5.5 5.5 L V10
(E85 ethanol)
LMP1 48   Corsa Motorsports   Gunnar Jeannette
  Johnny Mowlem
  Stefan Johansson
Zytek 07S D 73
Zytek 2ZG408 4.0 L V8
GT2 28   LG Motorsports   Lou Gigliotti
  Tomy Drissi
  Marc Goossens
Chevrolet Corvette C6 D 37
Chevrolet LS3 6.0 L V8
LMP2 9   Patrón Highcroft Racing   Scott Sharp
  David Brabham
  Dario Franchitti
Acura ARX-01B M 16
Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8
DNS LMP2 8   B-K Motorsports   Gerardo Bonilla
  Ben Devlin
Lola B08/86 D -
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
(E85 ethanol)


  1. ^ a b c "ALMS: Record-Breaking Day in Qualifying at Road Atlanta". 2008-10-03. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
  2. ^ Frank Feenstra (2008-10-03). "ALMS Petit Le Mans - Qualifying Report (updated)". Planet Le Mans. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
  3. ^ "ALMS Provisional Grid" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 2008-10-03. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
  4. ^ a b "ALMS Provisional Results" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 2008-10-04. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
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