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Old 12-17-2009, 07:56 AM
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2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, LMS and ALMS news

ACO sanctioned racing will once again focus on three main pillars; the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the American Le Mans Series and the Le Mans Series in Europe. New for this year is an intercontinental challenge that will run in the second half of the season for LMP1 teams and includes a European, American and Asian race.

Schedule:

24 Hours of Le Mans: June 12th & 13th

American Le Mans Series
  1. Sebring 12 Hours (March 20)
  2. Long Beach (April 17)
  3. Monterey Sports Car Championship (May 22)
  4. Utah Grand Prix (July 11)
  5. North East Grand Prix (July 24)
  6. Mid Ohio (August 7)
  7. Road America (August 22)
  8. Mosport (August 29)
  9. Petit Le Mans (October 2)*

Le Mans Series
  1. Castellet 8 Hours (April 11)
  2. Spa 1000 km (May 9)
  3. Algarve 1000 km (July 17)
  4. Hungaroring 1000 km (August 22)
  5. Silverstone 1000 km (12 September)*

Asian Le Mans Series
  1. ?*

*Part of the Intercontinental Cup
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Old 12-17-2009, 07:58 AM
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Oreca and Peugeot have just signed a long term agreement. In 2010 Oreca will field a customer 908 HDi FAP at Le Mans and in the Le Mans Series. For the new regulations that will come into effect in 2011 a Peugeot powered Oreca 02 will be developed.
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:01 AM
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Deadly driver combo...

"After going head-to-head against Patrón Highcroft Racing the last two years, young French sports car star Simon Pagenaud will join the championship-winning squad alongside David Brabham for the 2010 American Le Mans Series.

Pagenaud has been a key rival of the Danbury, Conn.-based team with de Ferran Motorsports during the past two seasons but will now join forces with Brabham to form a potent attack at the Honda Performance Development factory squad armed with the newly revised ARX-01c chassis."

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Old 12-17-2009, 07:59 AM
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Audi is forced to skip Sebring due to modifications required to adopt the R15 for the detail changes to the regulations for the next year. The full plans:

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Ingolstadt, December 8, 2009 – In 2010, the DTM, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the customer sport program with the Audi R8 LMS will again be the three cornerstones of AUDI AG’s motorsport commitment. By participating in the inaugural "Le Mans Intercontinental Cup" Audi has opted for a new, forward-thinking racing series in which alternative drive concepts will be used.

"In 2009, the Audi brand has been celebrating its 100th anniversary and our motorsport squad presented the brand with a particularly nice birthday gift, the successful title defense in the DTM," says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Management Board of AUDI AG. "Audi Sport has been a guarantor of successes in motorsport for as many as 30 years now – successes which are of major importance to the development of the Audi brand."

In the 2010 season, Audi will again rely on motorsport categories that are very closely related to production vehicles: the DTM with the top-selling Audi A4, customer sport with the immediately successful Audi R8 LMS, and the sports prototypes with the Audi R15 TDI that has primarily been subjected to further aerodynamic development and bears the internal model designation "R15 plus" at Audi Sport.

The prototype commitment is of particular importance to Audi because this category makes it possible to field alternative power-train concepts and technologies. "In 2001, at Le Mans, we used a TFSI engine for the first time that has since become standard in production vehicles," comments Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "In 2006, we were the first automobile manufacturer in history to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a diesel-powered vehicle. And in the future we will use our LMP1 cars to test pioneering technologies and to underscore our ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ claim also on the race track. Therefore, we welcome greatly the fact that the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) has announced the first international racing series for LMP1 vehicles. We are convinced that this motorsport category, which is particularly attractive from the perspective of technology, has prospects for a great future and fits our times well."

Inaugural Le Mans Intercontinental Cup

In the future, the so-called "Le Mans Intercontinental Cup" will consist of the major races of the Le Mans Series in Europe, the USA and Asia and aims to continue the heyday of the legendary World Championship for Makes. In its debut year in 2010, the 1000-kilometer race at Silverstone (Great Britain), the "Petit Le Mans" race at Road Atlanta (USA) and an event on the Asian continent. Further races are to be added in 2011.

Audi will contest the new Le Mans Intercontinental Cup in the 2010 season with two R15 TDI cars fielded by Audi Sport Team Joest. Three cars are planned for the 24-hour race at Le Mans on June 12/13. Audi Sport Team Joest plans also to contest the 1000-kilometer race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), which Audi would like to use as a dress rehearsal for Le Mans, with three cars.


Clear commitment to the DTM

By that time, the Audi DTM squad will have already contested the first two races. The most popular international touring car racing series will continue to be one of the cornerstones of AUDI AG’s motorsport commitment. After the technology for the 2010 season has been frozen by the regulations and the 2009 championship winning car will therefore start from the grid almost unchanged. Meanwhile work on the A4 successor vehicle has already begun at Audi Sport in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm for the new Technical Regulations that will come into effect in 2011 with the aim of achieving further cost reductions.

For the 2010 season, Audi has opted for continuity in the DTM: Up to nine vehicles will be fielded by the proven Audi Sport teams of ABT Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg. The major change: The cockpit of Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen, who will fully focus on sports car racing in the future, will be taken over by the young Briton Oliver Jarvis (25).

"We are thus giving our youngest ‘factory’ driver the chance to prove his prowess in a current DTM car," comments Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "The performances Oliver has shown in his first DTM years at the wheel of a year-old A4 speak in his favor."

All other personnel decisions – for the sports prototypes as well as in the DTM – will be made in the next few weeks. "We want to position ourselves as best we can for the DTM and the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as the Le Mans Cup in terms of our drivers’ line-up and are therefore deliberately taking our time," stresses Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.

Extended customer program with the Audi R8 LMS

The new GT3 sports car from AUDI AG, which scored 23 victories and three champion’s titles in its first racing season, will be delivered to customer teams starting at the end of March 2010 at a price of 298,000 euros (plus VAT). To ensure its ability to deliver optimal service, Audi Sport will limit sales to a maximum of 20 vehicles for the European market in 2010.

Audi will again support its customer teams at the Nürburgring 24 Hours on May 15/16. Two Audi R8 LMS cars will get special support from Audi.

"With the DTM, the sports prototypes and the R8 LMS, we are well positioned in motorsport," says Michael Dick who, as management board member for Technical Development, is also responsible for AUDI AG’s motorsport commitment. "In these three categories the cost-benefit calculation in particular, which is of great importance in times like these, is appropriate."
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:40 AM
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Not exactly the authority on endruance news I know, but Autoblog said there was a chance of Peugeot running a Red Bull car with Raikkonen, Loeb, and Coulthard.

That I'd like to see.
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May be less likely now.
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Hi Wouter Melissen. That's what I want to express.
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Just for the record:

Intercontinental Le Mans Cup – 1 000 km de Zhuhai

Sur une piste grasse et toujours très piégeuse, Stéphane Sarrazin signe la pole position des 1 000 kilomètres de Zhuhai, finale de l’ILMC. Peugeot réalise un carton plein, puisque l’autre 908 HDi FAP pilotée par Simon Pagenaud se classe deuxième.

Pour leur dernière course avec la 908, les pilotes Peugeot ont placé la barre très haute dès le début de la séance. A trois minutes du drapeau à damier, Tom Kristensen est sorti de la piste alors qu’il tentait d’améliorer le temps des Français. S’il n’a rien heurté, l’octuple vainqueur des 24 Heures du Mans fut contraint de stopper sa tentative, et de rentrer à son stand pour enlever les graviers qu’il avait embarqué.

Stéphane Sarrazin : « C’est très bien pour nous de monopoliser la première ligne. La voiture était très bonne, mais assez difficile à conduire sur cette piste glissante. Nous craignions l'arrivée de la pluie, c’est pourquoi nous avons roulé vite dès le début de la session. »

1 - 2 - Team Peugeot Total - Peugeot 908 HDi FAP - Stéphane Sarrazin (FRA)/Franck Montagny (FRA), 1'21''868
2 - 1 - Team Peugeot Total - Peugeot 908 HDi FAP - Sébastien Bourdais (FRA)/Simon Pagenaud (FRA), 1'22''953
3 - 7 - Audi Sport Team Joest - Audi R15 TDI - Tom Kristensen (DAN)/Allan McNish (ECO), 1'23''152
4 - 8 - Audi Sport Team Joest - Audi R15 TDI - Rinaldo Capello (ITA)/Dumas (FRA), 1'24''589
5 - 11 - Drayson Racing - Lola Judd Coupé - Paul Drayson (GBR)/Jonny Cocker (GBR), 1'28''916
6 - 23 - Tokai University - Courage Oreca YGK - Shigekazu Wakisaka (JAP)/Shogo Mitsuyama (JAP), 1'30''869
7 - 35 - OAK Racing - Pescarolo Judd - Jacques Nicolet (FRA)/Frédéric Da Rocha (FRA)/Patrice Lafargue (FRA), 1'32''936
8 - 47 - Hope PoleVision - Shan Qi Zhang (CHI)/Jeffrey Lee (TAI)/Steve Zacchia (SUI), 1'33''227

Le départ des 1 000 km de Zhuhai sera donné dimanche à 5 h 00 (heure française).
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For you Francophones out there, here is a lot more on the Peugeot / Oreca deal including the attached livery suggestion: ORECA : Une 908 pour 2010… un moteur Peugeot pour 2011 !
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For you Francophones out there, here is a lot more on the Peugeot / Oreca deal including the attached livery suggestion: ORECA : Une 908 pour 2010… un moteur Peugeot pour 2011 !
I've never been a fan of Oreca's Mondrian inspired liveries, but it could be interesting to see how the 908 looks dressed up in it.
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The most interesting question IMHO is whether Peugeot will continue to develop its own car for 2011, or that they will just stay as the engine supplier (plus some funds to properly develop the 02). Will there be two teams with the 02? Oreca AND Peugeot or just one combined team.
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certainly sounds like that Peugeot is going to scale back their operation....

Oreca is a nice car and all right now, but I don't think they are at the moment, a full fledge OEM level team yet, not in the same sense I think as Wirth is(consider them both start with the same beginning in the Courage car). Though that's Oreca playing with Oreca money, with Oreca maybe playing with Peugeot money that could change...

Wonder though how this sits with Pescarolo...
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certainly sounds like that Peugeot is going to scale back their operation....

Oreca is a nice car and all right now, but I don't think they are at the moment, a full fledge OEM level team yet, not in the same sense I think as Wirth is(consider them both start with the same beginning in the Courage car). Though that's Oreca playing with Oreca money, with Oreca maybe playing with Peugeot money that could change...
Don't forget that Oreca's contract with Seat expired at the end of this season, so they should have some very skilled manpower available from 2010. Considering the Seat WTCC record, it is fair to say that Oreca knows how to spend manufacturer money very effectively.

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Wonder though how this sits with Pescarolo...
Pescarolo is a mess, so this is the least of their worries.
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Pescarolo is a mess, so this is the least of their worries.
Elaborate please.
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Elaborate please.
Pescarolo was taken over by Oak Racing in 2008, then sold to Sora, and now Oak has bought back the manufacturing part, leaving Sora as the manager of the racing team. The role of Henri next year is still unclear.
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