Peugeot on Saturday claimed a third consecutive win in the American Le Mans Series’ Petit Le Mans–the 1,000-mile endurance road-racing classic at Road Atlanta that ends the ALMS season.
To win the title, Peugeot needed to score 13 points this weekend.
On the unusual Road Atlanta track, where traffic (53 cars started the race) can play an important role, Franck Montagny, Stéphane Sarrazin and Alexander Wurz made it to the end of a classic Petit Le Mans race featuring no fewer than ten safety car periods!
The three drivers won by five laps from Team Oreca’s Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, driven by Marc Gené, Nicolas Minassian and Nicolas Lapierre.
This one-two, Peugeot’s third at Road Atlanta, rounds off what has thus far been a very successful season: 5 race wins (Sebring, Spa-Francorchamps, Imola, Silverstone and Road Atlanta) including 3 one-two finishes (Spa-Francorchamps, Imola and Road Atlanta) and 4 pole positions (Sebring, Imola, Silverstone and Road Atlanta).
Audi’s racing boss Wolfgang Ulrich blamed his team’s loss, its third in a row to Peugeot after winning nine consecutive in the Petit, on Montagny’s driving. “I see now why he will never drive for me,” he said.