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
Entries present and running
2 Alex Job Porsches
2 Flying Lizard Porsches
2 Krohn-Barbour Lamborghinis
Panoz Motor Sports Esperante
Cirtek Ferrari & Porsche
Foxhill Racing 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.
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.
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.
on Wednesday, with official practice starting on Thursday.