The Alley

Renewed Rivalry

Audi and Peugeot set for Petit Le Mans attack There is something special about sporting rivalries and there are few rivalries more special and intense than Audi vs. Peugeot. Perhaps it is familiarity or grudging respect. Maybe it is a distilling of a competition down to two well-matched competitors. Whatever the reason, one of the best motorsports rivalries in recent years has pitted Audi versus Peugeot in a factory backed battle for...

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Porsche Hybrid Power

Porsche top guns to pilot race car of the future at Petit Le Mans Just two words rocked the performance automotive world earlier this season: Porsche Hybrid. Now, American Le Mans Series fans here at Petit Le Mans will be the first in North America to see the exciting new Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid in competition. Introduced at the Geneva motor show in March, the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid is not just any hybrid. It utilizes a Williams...

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Petit Preview – Highcroft

Patron Highcroft Racing No. 1: David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud, Marino Franchitti The last two years, Petit Le Mans practice has thrown a dent into Patron Highcroft Racing’s plans, but each time the crew has responded heroically from bad accidents. Last year, the PHR crew built an entire new Acura ARX 02-a tub from scratch after Scott Sharp’s accident, and the team rebounded to gather valuable points en route to its first...

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Petit Preview – CytoSport

Muscle Milk Team CytoSport No. 6: Klaus Graf, Sascha Maassen, Lucas Luhr It was at Petit Le Mans last year where Klaus Graf put in some spectacular times in the Porsche RS Spyder against the diesel powerhouses from Audi and Peugeot. A year later, Graf is back, still with a chance to win the championship in LMP and two new co-drivers. The German trails the Highcroft HPD duo of David Brabham and Simon Pagenaud by 16 points. Graf...

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Petit Preview – Drayson

Drayson Racing No. 8: Paul Drayson, Jonny Cocker, Emanuele Pirro Each race has been a small step forward for Paul Drayson’s team with their Lola Judd Coupe closed-top, turbocharged prototype. They premiered the car at this race last year and are in a far better position with data acquisition and prototype experience 12 months later. In the last few races, Jonny Cocker has emerged as a potential star of sports car racing. The...

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