Friday-Saturday-Sunday Testing At Road Atlanta
Many of the Petit Le Mans entries were running on the Road Atlanta circuit during Friday, Saturday and / or Sunday – and there were a couple of significant dramas over the course of the three days.

Entries present and running included:
2 Alex Job Porsches
2 Flying Lizard Porsches
2 Krohn-Barbour Lamborghinis
Panoz Motor Sports Esperante
Cirtek Ferrari & Porsche
Foxhill Racing Porsche
Risi Ferrari
BAM! Porsche
Intersport Lola B01/60-Judd
Intersport Racing Lola B2K/40-Judd
2 Dyson Racing Lola B01/60-AERs
Miracle Motorsports Courage C65-AER

Friday morning saw the circuit wet after heavy overnight rain (the lingering effects of Hurricane Ivan), but thereafter the teams tested in the dry. No times are available.

Dramas affected Alex Job Racing and ACEMCO. Romain Dumas left the tarmac at Turn 7 on Sunday morning in the #24 911 GT3-RSR, and the car was taken away for substantial repairs.

"Unfortunately we damaged the #24 car," said Alex Job. "We weren't able to complete everything we wanted to do. But that car will hopefully be repaired in time to have it on the track on Wednesday."

Later in the day, Joao Barbosa went off at the very fast Turn 12 in the ACEMCO Saleen, hitting the outside wall very hard. The incident was not thought to be caused by driver error.

“Jeff Giangrande has flown two of the crew back to Michigan, to collect the spare chassis,” explained Johnny Mowlem. “Hopefully we’ll have that built up ready for testing on Wednesday.

“It was going really well up to that point. Our pace was very good, and Pirelli had a new tyre for us to use, which was performing very well. Joao was up to speed in the car and was near the end of a long run this afternoon when he went off. He’s OK, but it was a big accident.”

Jon Field announced that his LMP1 car will be driven by regular partner Duncan Dayton and occasional Intersport driver Mike Durand, while the team’s LMP2 chassis will have Clint Field, Robin Liddell and (Homestead double winner) Milka Duno performing driving duties.

"We're just working on going faster," said Field Snr. "And we're trying to have fun again in the car. It was fun to be able to get back in the fight a bit again at Elkhart Lake. This car is pretty good here. Even if your settings are off, you can still drive it.”

He’ll be hoping for more success at Petit Le Mans, having won the LMP2 class for the last two years.

Testing resumes on Wednesday, with official practice starting on Thursday.


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