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Old 01-27-2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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Default 24 Heures du Mans - 2009 Edition

Looks like this year will be a barn burner with all the recent news and new entries.

http://www.lemans.org/sport/sport/ac...D_3629_gb.html

24 Heures du Mans 2009: Official invitations, 15 confirmed entries. Out of the 29 cars automatically selected for the 2009 Le Mans 24-Hours qualifications, 15 have confirmed their participation. The 2009 field is already taking shape!

Automatically selected entrants having confirmed their participation:

LMP1

AUDI SPORT NORTH AMERICA
AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST
TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL
TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL

LMP2

TEAM ESSEX

LMGT1

LUC ALPHAND AVENTURES
CORVETTE RACING
CORVETTE RACING

LMGT2

RISI COMPETIZIONE
RISI COMPETIZIONE
FLYING LIZARD MOTORSPORTS
VIRGO MOTORSPORT
TEAM FELBERMAYR-PROTON
AF CORSE
BMS SCUDERIA ITALIA


The above is the list of entrants who have confirmed their participation with a car eligible for the 2009 race in the category in which it has been selected. These teams will be at Le Mans for scrutineering on 8th-9th June and practice on 10th-11th June.

Those who have not taken advantage of their official selection (two maximum per entrant) have done so for a variety of reasons particular to each one:

AUDI SPORT NORTH AMERICA
INTERSPORT RACING
PENSKE MOTORSPORTS INC.
PENSKE RACING
VAN MERKSTEIJN MOTORSPORT
VAN MERKSTEIJN MOTORSPORT
TEAM ESSEX
HORAG RACING
ASTON MARTIN RACING
TEAM MODENA
VITAPHONE RACING TEAM
PHOENIX CARSPORT RACING
BELL MOTORSPORTS
BMS SCUDERIA ITALIA

However, not confirming their participation by the 12th January deadline does not prevent them from sending in an entry for the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours by the final date of 21st January at midnight in the same category or in another. So there’s nothing to worry about: the soon-to-be-announced list of the 55 cars for the 2009 practice sessions promises a rich, spectacular Le Mans 24 Hours in keeping with the event’s tradition!
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Add Aston Martin to the LMP1 list.



Aston Martin to challenge for overall Le Mans win

Gaydon, 27 January 2009. On the 50th anniversary of its outright win at Le Mans, Aston Martin will return to La Sarthe with two Works LMP1 cars bearing the iconic blue and orange livery of Gulf Oil.

In an ambitious attempt to emulate the legendary achievements of the 1959 DBR1 driven by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori, Aston Martin will endeavour to bring the Le Mans title back to Britain.

"2009 is a hugely significant year for Aston Martin at Le Mans and the challenge of reclaiming victory in this famous race for Aston Martin and Great Britain was simply too great to ignore," said Aston Martin Chairman, David Richards. "However, we do not underestimate the task. While we have won the GT1 class for the last two years, competing against the proven speed and endurance of the diesel-powered cars with all their years of winning the prototype class, will be a massive undertaking. Nonetheless, I see this as a great opportunity to showcase the ingenuity of British engineering talent."

Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer commented: "Racing has been, and still is at the heart of Aston Martin. Our cars today are subtle, elegant and handcrafted but they still have the genes for competition. I am happy that we have found partners who, with their support, will enable us to compete at the highest level of endurance racing. We will put all our heart and skill behind this project to demonstrate the essence of Aston Martin: Power Beauty and Soul."

The new car which is based on the 2008 Charouz Racing System Lola will be powered by the same production-based Aston Martin V12 engine which, last year, helped Aston Martin secure its second successive Le Mans GT1 title with the DBR9. It also powered the Charouz car to a new La Sarthe lap record for a petrol car.

Aston Martin Racing is developing the car in conjunction with Lola, Michelin, Koni and BBS and continues its relationship with major partner Gulf Oil and official clothing partner Hackett.
In 2009, the ACO is introducing new regulations aimed at balancing the performance of petrol and diesel engined prototypes making the LMP1 category more appealing and relevant to Aston Martin.

Signalling ongoing commitment to motorsport, in addition to the Le Mans 24 hour race, the team will also compete throughout the year in the Le Mans Series (LMS), which opens with the 1000 km de Catalunya on the 5th of April.

Aston Martin Racing Works drivers, Jan Charouz (CZ), Tomas Enge (CZ), and Stefan Mücke (DE), who raced the Charouz car last year will renew their relationship with the team along with Darren Turner (GB) who was part of the winning DBR9 GT1 crew in 2007 and 2008. Harold Primat (CH) joins the team for the first time in 2009 with the remaining driver to be announced imminently.

To focus maximum energy on the LMP1 programme, the Works team will not defend its GT1 title at Le Mans. However, Aston Martin Racing will support any of its official partner teams and customers competing at the race.

Aston Martin Racing partner, Drayson Racing, has expressed its desire to compete at Le Mans with the new Vantage GT2. This follows confirmation of the team's LMS entry and American Le Mans Series programme with a bio-ethanol powered Vantage GT2. Further announcements are expected in the weeks ahead as other Aston Martin Racing partner teams and customers confirm their plans for racing in the GT1, GT2, GT3 and GT4 classes of national and international racing series.

The Le Mans 24 hour race will be held over the weekend of 13-14 June.


http://www.autoblog.com/2009/01/26/a...rks-lmp1-cars/
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Some news about The R15

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Audi R15 Testing
Going Well So Far, It Seems

Last Tuesday, in the French sports daily l'Equipe, Wolfgang Ullrich gave a few details about the new top secret Audi R15 and the testing sessions on the track, reports David Legangneux.

"Twice, in Spain. The first time [before Christmas], it was just a checking test," said Dr Ulrich. "The second time, all Audi drivers tried it under mixed weather, rotating rain and dry. So, conditions like those we can have at Le Mans, as we've seen last year.

"We haven't encountered big problems and all drivers have had a positive feeling. According to the simulations we have conducted, we seem to be on the right track. But we don't know how Peugeot has integrated the ACO's changes. The R10's problem was its weight and the mass distribution. We weren't able to play with it. Now, we've made good progress on this point. The R15 is more agile. It's even a shame that we can't race in ALMS, because on some tracks where we were in a difficult situation with the R10, we would from now on be competitive. We have gain weight on the engine, on the chassis, it's a brand new concept."

Two more testing sessions are scheduled before the public unveiling at Sebring in just over a month's time.
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Also the ACO received 82 entries for the 2009 race compared to 88 lat year.

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82 Entries For Le Mans
Another Classic Year?

Despite the deepening recession, interest in the Le Mans 24 Hours remains as high as ever, with the ACO today announcing that 82 entry forms have been received for the 2009 edition of the great race.


This represents a slight decrease on the 88 received last year, but is still higher than the 76 in 2007.


There is no specific breakdown of entries by class, but the ACO is very happy to reveal the fact that 44 of the 82 are LMP1 or LMP2 prototype entries - an increase of three from '08.



Last year the breakdown was as follows (with the number in brackets indicating how many were accepted):
LMP1 - 26 (20)
LMP2 - 15 (12)
GT1 - 22 (10)
GT2 - 25 (13)



It is likely that the GT2 numbers will grow at the expense of GT1, with prototype numbers staying roughly the same. Or does the ACO have other ideas? Either way, we should be set for another classic event.


The list of the chosen 55 will be revealed in its entirety towards the end of February.

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New Audi looks like it's going to be hawt!

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/73231



Autosport

Autosport can exclusively reveal the first image of the car Audi hope will continue their unbroken record of diesel-powered victories at Le Mans in June, as they seek to keep Peugeot at bay.

This spy-shot of Audi's new R15 TDI, seen in secret testing at Vallelunga, (more of which can be seen in this week's Autosport magazine, on sale tomorrow) reveals just how radical the German manufacturer's approach has been to the car that will replace their all-conquering R10.

Audi won the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours, both Le Mans Series and American Le Mans titles, and Petit Le Mans, but the need for a new car was apparent as the German manufacturer was outdone for pace by Peugeot's 908 HDi FAP last year.

The R15 features a radical high-nose concept that looks similar to the approach used by the Renault Formula One team with their new R29. It is a major departure from the pointy, low-nose of its predecessor.

The car's radiators also appear to have been moved closer to the front wheel, probably in an effort to improve the car's weight distribution, hence the interesting scalloped ducts and shaping of the sidepods and rear cowling.

Other interesting developments on the car include a much lower, tidier rear end in an effort to regain some of the downforce lost to the new LMP1 regulations (which call for a 20 per cent reduction in aero) as well as innovative wing-mounted rear lights.

In a statement released by Audi yesterday, the team said the car has many 'technically innovative features' and will use a new 'smaller, lighter and even more efficient turbocharged diesel engine'.

The R15 has been testing in secret since before Christmas and will be raced for the first time in a two-car attack on the Sebring 12 Hours on March 21.

Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich said of the programme: "So far the R15 TDI has performed as we expected. Now it must also prove itself in race conditions. Sebring is a particularly hard race and is therefore perfectly suited to reveal even the smallest of weaknesses."

Allan McNish, who is one of the drivers to have tested the car said: "I drove it for the first time before Christmas as planned in Spain and everything went well. Since then Audi Sport has been busy with extensive testing and everything is progressing very well and on schedule - it's a tremendous car.

"I have been in the Audi 'family' for a few years now and have confidence that the team in Ingolstadt have again designed and built us a worthy successor to the R10 TDI," added the two-time Le Mans winner.

Audi Sport Team Joest has also confirmed their driver line-ups for Sebring with McNish sharing one car with his usual partners Rinaldo Capello and eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, and the second machine piloted by Germans Lucas Luhr, Mike Rockenfeller and Marco Werner.

To get a closer look at the Audi R15 and read expert analysis on the radical new prototype, buy Autosport magazine, on sale from February 12.
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Still going with an open cockpit car? I thought the ACO was mandating a move to closed cockpits in the coming years.
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I don't know if it's a mandate but I was sure the new Audi was going to be closed cockpit.
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The ACO decided not to mandate coupe cars, so they didn't alienate Audi's open top cars.

It was announced at Silverstone at the last round of the LMS season.
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Here you go after some spy shots of the R15 got out here is an Audi shot of the new racer.




In other news the Rollcentre Racing team sold their Pescarolo car to an American team to be ran in ALMS

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Well the LMS test at Paul Ricard has started and there is a rather large surprise, Bruno Senna is testing one of the two LMP1 Oreca Malmut car.


The first ontrack pictures of the Aston Martin LMP1 Coupe are here


And the fast LMP2 Lola from Speedy Racing Team Sebah also has a LMP1 Lola Aston to complement their LMP2 Lola

P1

P2



Then Enge put the new Aston Martin LMP1 in the guardrail.


All photos from dailysportscar.com and Planetlemans.com
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Then Enge put the new Aston Martin LMP1 in the guardrail.
Don't get me wrong... I like Tomas Enge.... but somehow I'm not surprised
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Don't get me wrong... I like Tomas Enge.... but somehow I'm not surprised
Ha...I've never really liked the guy. Cars are looking mighty fine for this year though. Can't wait for Sebring then Le Mans.
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Is Bruno not going back to GP2?
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Great pics and write-up Marshall.

I believe Le Mans this year will be even better than last year. Hopefully the Lola Aston's will be up there taking the fight to the diesels. Along with the 908 that Peugeot gave to Pescarolo and the 2 R10's being ran by Kolles.
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I'll be cheering for the Pescarolo entered and run Peugeot!! Cinderella story in the making
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That is exactly what I thought when I read the entry list.
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Love the look of the new Audi. Looks like the steroid abusing big brother of an F1 car.
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I think they actually took a step backwards in the looks department. But who cares how it looks... I'm curious to see how it can run. Will they be able to keep up with Peugeot's laptimes at Le Mans or have to rely on Peugeot to have mechanical issues again this year?
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So move the radiators forward, raise the nose instead of slamming it.. seems like a pretty logical progression. Will it be enough?
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Very interesting comparison shots - thanks for sharing.
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So move the radiators forward, raise the nose instead of slamming it.. seems like a pretty logical progression. Will it be enough?

I think it depends on what Peugeot did in regards to the new rear wing rule, and whether they could get the right balance back with less rear downforce.

Then you throw the Lola Aston Martin's in the mix and you get a really volatile collection of fast cars.
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Yeah! SpeedTV will be streaming live!

http://www.speedtv.com/programs/24-hours-of-le-mans/
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I was listening to Radio Le Mans and during the first qualifying segment, Frank Montagny had set the fastest time, and Allan McNish had not set his fast time yet.

The reporter sees Frank limping across pit lane and he asks "Frank, did something happen to your leg?"

Frank responds "ah.. I broke my leg about 10 days ago, that's all..."
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