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Peugeot wins at Petit Le Mans
Klaus Graf takes his AMR/ Lola Coupe B08 62 through the Road Atlanta track section known as “The Esses” during the 14th Annual Petit Le Mans Saturday afternoon at Road Atlanta. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times

BRASELTON - There were four American Le Mans driver championships still up for grabs when the 14th running of the Petit Le Mans began Saturday at Road Atlanta.

And after 1,000 miles of racing, one championship still wasn't decided.

For the first time in the history of the series, there was a three-way tie at the top in the Le Mans Prototype Challenge between drivers Eric Lux, Gunnar Jeannette and Ricardo Gonzalez.

Jeannette and Gonzalez, who drive for CORE Autosports, along with Rudy Junco, drove their Oreca FLM09 to a third place finish in the GT class.

Lux, along with Genoa Racing teammates Elton Julian, Christian Zugel and Jordan Grogor, finished fourth.
Lux described the finish as "chaotic."

"It was chaotic," he said. "It's just been a great continuation of the battle we've fought all year."
Jeannette echoed Lux's sentiments.

"We definitely didn't know what was going to happen either," he said, "And we still don't really know what's happening. All that stuff aside, though, it's been a really fantastic year."

To tie, the drivers had to have the same number of first, second, third, fourth and fifth place finishes.

As a result, even when tiebreakers were considered, they were still equal.

"It's great," Lux said. "And I'm actually kind of excited that we shared a championship with them after the series we've had."

The overall finish was not nearly as unexpected.

For the third year in a row, Peugeot Sport Total came out on top.

The race was still up for grabs in the 296th lap when Peugeot driver Franck Montagny and Audi R18 driver Romain Dumas, driving in second place, nearly collided between turns eight and nine.

Moving left to avoid Montagny, Dumas collided with the wall, ending Audi's hopes of unseating Peugeot in the race and creating conflict between the drivers.

After the race, Montagny spoke about the confrontation.

"I'm sorry that it happened," he said.

Despite the win, Peugeot did not win the season championship, which went to Dyson Racing.

Dyson Racing finished in seventh place at Road Atlanta.

Giancarlo Fisichella, Gianmaria Bruni and Pierre Kaffer, driving the Ferrari F458 came out on top in the GT series. Scott Tucker Racing topped LMP2.

Ryan Lewis and Intersport Racing won LMPC; and Tim Pappas and Black Swan Racing took the win in the GTC series.

Black Swan Racing also took the season championship.

Braselton resident Bryan Sellers and his Porsche teammates finished fifth in the GT series at Petit Le Mans.

Petit Le Mans is the final race in the nine-race American Le Mans Series.

The 2012 American Le Mans series will begin in Sebring, Fla.


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