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Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 11:15 AM
2008 Petit Le Mans #1

The weather was perfect and the crowd was one of if not the biggest in Petit Le Mans history. I don't know if that was a fluke or if the battle of the diesels made everyone toss off the bad economy to see the race anyway. Those who went to see the Audi/Peugeot battle certainly got their money's worth.

It was a great race in every category...McNish wins from two laps down due to his throwing the car off the track in warmup on cold tires. Risi also came back and won from losing two laps to a throttle sticking problem.

Too bad the Mazda P2 coupe didn't get to race...I was watching it in T1 during warmup as the driver pushed too far to the edge and lost the back end then backed it deep into the tire barrier. The morning sun was brutal at the time which certainly could have been a factor. There was a lot of time to make a repair but the tub was too damaged to simply bolt on new parts.

Lot of heartbreaks for Acura...the Patron P2 crashed out in the first hour...the rest of them struggled to keep pace with the Porsche's except for the XM car which was very exciting to watch as it was on the limit and further the whole race....then involved in a massive crash in the dark. The Panasonic car never was a threat to the Porsche's however it was the only Acura to finish.

The passing was intense with so many P1's and P2's on track reeling in the GT's in the blink of an eye. I've never seen so much close passing with so few incidents...most of the 9 cautions had nothing to do with contact during passes.

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 11:17 AM
2008 Petit Le Mans #2

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 11:20 AM
2008 Petit Le Mans #3

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 11:22 AM
2008 Petit Le Mans #4

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 11:26 AM
2008 Petit Le Mans #5

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 11:29 AM
2008 Petit Le Mans #6

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 11:31 AM
2008 Petit Le Mans #7

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 11:32 AM
2008 Petit Le Mans #8

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 11:36 AM
2008 Petit Le Mans #9

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 11:38 AM
2008 Petit Le Mans #10

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 11:39 AM
2008 Petit Le Mans #11

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 12:38 PM
2008 Petit Le Mans #12

Klemmel
10-11-2008, 12:47 PM
Wow! Awesome pictures :)

NSXType-R
10-11-2008, 01:55 PM
Yup, cool photos. What equipment did you use to take the photos?

f6fhellcat13
10-11-2008, 01:55 PM
Nice pics.
I can't say I know much about endurace racing so sorry if this is stupid, but, was this the first time Mazda/Lola have used a closed bodyshell?

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 01:59 PM
Wow! Awesome pictures :)

Most of them a Canon S2 IS, the night ones and a couple day ones with my nephews Canon EOS.

Dino Scuderia
10-11-2008, 02:00 PM
Nice pics.
I can't say I know much about endurace racing so sorry if this is stupid, but, was this the first time Mazda/Lola have used a closed bodyshell?


It's a brand new car...as the rules are going to closed cockpits.

f6fhellcat13
10-11-2008, 02:02 PM
It's a brand new car...as the rules are going to closed cockpits.

Oh. Okay, thanks. :)

LeonOfTheDead
10-11-2008, 03:26 PM
great pics and excellent coverage! :)

Canam fan
10-12-2008, 03:54 AM
This was the first time any company, including Mazda, used a closed body in P2.

faksta
10-12-2008, 09:04 AM
This was the first time any company, including Mazda, used a closed body in P2.

In ALMS, maybe, but as far as I know, the first ever closed-cockpit LMP2 car is Sebah Racing's Lola B08-80 - Judd, which ran the whole 2008 season in LMS. Though.. I don't know too much about endurance racing either.

WMUCarGuy
10-13-2008, 12:18 AM
This was the first time any company, including Mazda, used a closed body in P2.

Incorrect. As Faksta said, the Speedy Sebah Lola and RML ran in the LMS with them before the BK Mazola.

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