• Jul 31st 2009 at 8:29AM
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Peugeot has confirmed that for the second year running it will be sending its 908 HDi prototypes to Atlanta in September for the Petit Le Mans. Peugeot will be looking to follow up its victory at Le Mans last June with its first win at the ALMS flagship race. In France, Peugeot had a resounding victory over Audi's new R15 TDIs but so far the biggest competition in Atlanta will come from the LMP1 Acuras. Peugeot will be bringing two of the 908s to Georgia for the race that joins Sebring in becoming increasingly known as a warmup for the 24 hour race in France.

There have been repeated rumors that the R15s would return to the U.S. for the final two races at Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca for several months. We checked with Audi Motorsports spokeswoman Eva-Maria Veith, who said, "There is no decision made about any more races with the Audi R15 TDI this year. I hope that we will know more in the near future." Hopefully an official commitment from Peugeot will prompt Audi to try and avenge their loss in France.

[Source: American Le Mans Series]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Off Topic - The 908 will be in either Forza 3 or GT5, FULL STOP, maybe BOTH.

      Anywho, ACO regulations unstable? Are you saying Grand Am's stable rules (not in GT of course, constant tweaking) is the reason Grand Am in spite of its lower operating cost (not that much lower) is why the DP grid has shrank and looks to be even smaller by year's end?

      Petit Le Mans is the last long distance race of the year when you don't count the final 1,000km race at Silverstone. Its also on TV world wide, unlike LMS races. Plus Acura does have a desire to run Le Mans in the near term.

      This is one of the worst kept rumors since The Lion's victory at Le Mans and basically old news, welcome to June 2009 Autoblog.

      How about reporting that Orcea has committed to running at Petit as well this year?

      They use to run Chrysler's Viper Racing Program.


      • 6 Years Ago
      As someone who will be at Petit Le Mans this year and Audi Fan, I sure hope Audi gets some German money flowing to make an appearance at Petit Le Mans. Last years race was nothing short of fantastic. McNish Crashed the R10 on the warm-up put it 2 laps down then said "you fix it, I win it" and he did.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like how it says "HDI FAP" on the outside.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, she is a good-looking car...
        • 6 Years Ago
        that's a low rev , high torque "Fap"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm surprised this is just getting out now -- I had confirmation from the team at Le Mans that they'd be showing up for Petit.

      If Audi can afford it, I really hope they come back to Atlanta. They NEED the race as a R&D session for the R15, which might've performed well at Sebring, but was rubbish at the 24 this June.

      Besides, I like hanging out with McNish, that little leprechaun...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        And I'm infinately jealous that you hang out with McNish...
      • 6 Years Ago
      At LM, Peugeot said they'd be at Laguna Seca too. I wonder if that's still the case? That's the only race close enough for me to go (which I've gone for the last few years).

      I wonder if Acura will stand a chance against Peugeot at a power track like Road Atlanta? I doubt the high-grip ARX-02a will be able to overcome it's rather substantial power deficit vs the diesels... and that's a pretty long back straight. I can't wait to watch this one, especially if Audi's bean counters sack up and give Joest a chance at a comeback for the R15.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, I have confirmation that Team Peugeot Total will be competing the 908 HDi FAP at both Petit Le Mans as well as the season-ender at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

        Be there!
        • 6 Years Ago
        See you there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @Audi_arena: I didn't realize at first, but I do sound a bit like I'm showing off... And so what! :) Here's a shot from last year @ Petit, where he's sitting next to my workstation -- http://chaosart.com/phoenix/atlanta2008/slides/IMG_3383.html (no, that's not me in the pic with him - I was taking the shot)

      Allan really is a fantastic guy -- great sense of humor, quick wit, and one hell of a driver. I'd love to see him and the rest of the Audi crew return again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Road Atlanta an awesome racetrack, I feel it's more like the Spa Francorchamps also an fantastic racetrack, were I had been many time!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Little chance of this car getting into PS3's Gran Turismo with all the sponsors intact!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this is good news and I'd love to see Audi come and kick some butt. Also, the more these guys come over and race with Acura, the more reason Acura has to stay in an otherwise empty LMP1 class.
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