back from the 2011 Petit Le Mans…

All i can say is that I was blown away.  Where to begin?  Should i start with my driving of an R8 V10 Spyder around?  Or that I was in the Audi Sport Team Joest pits for 2 R18 pit stops?  Or that I was in heaven sitting at the track side at night watching some of the greatest race cars in the world go thundering just feet away from me?  Or that I met some of my favourite drivers?  I had a total blast.

More to come about the event, with photos….later this week.  I have so many photos to rummage through.

Oh, and the R18 TDI is even cooler up close!

(picture from the Audi hospitality “chalet” where I had access to, right across from the Porsche base)

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5 thoughts on “back from the 2011 Petit Le Mans…

  1. Automobiliac says:

    Do you have any photos of the 1-2 Peugeot finish taken from the Audi pit?

    • Syed says:

      i was at turn 6 when the #1 R18 TDI was catching the 908 by 1-2 seconds per lap….Montagny’s move to block the R18 from passing was absurd. Peugeot do anything it takes to win….and by that i mean dirty and overly aggressive blocking tactics which comprimise safety. You’ll never see Audi do that.

  2. Automobiliac says:

    Unless Allan McNish is driving one….

  3. Automobiliac says:

    I just watched the video and I have to say it was very reminiscent of the McNish incident at Le Mans where the Audi -clearly the faster car- picks an inopportune and shrinking gap between its destination and a slower GT backmarker. It’s true the Monatgny closed the door on him intentionally to box him in behind the backmarker. But it was a lefthand bend, and he moved to the left in one fluid motion. That’s a legal move because he was following the line, and he only made one defensive maneuver. He didn’t zag back across to block. Dumas was behind and could easily have tucked behind the Peugeot and slipstreamed him down the straight and outbraked the Peugeot into the following tight right hander. He chose the wrong moment to make a move, and had the door closed on him. It’s Dumas’ fault because he is behind the Porsche and behind the Peugeot. It’s his responsibility to pass safely. The same was true of McNish. He may have been in the faster car but it’s still his responsibility to pick the right place to pass safely rather than dive-bombing GT cars.
    footage is here:

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