So not quite as dramatic as last year but the battle for victory was more intense than in 2008, with the lead changing 5 times in the last hour of racing. In the end it was Nicolas Lapierre who steered home the LMP1 Oreca Matmut to victory, whilst his team mate Olivier Panis celebrated an excellent victory from the pit wall. Close behind were a total of three LMP1 Aston Martin’s who all finished on the same lap as the Oreca, however it was the Speedy Racing car of Andrea Belicchi/Marcel Fassler/Nicolas Prost which took second place ahead of the factory car of Jan Charouz/Tomas Enge/Stefan Mucke. Third was more than enough to seal the 2009 LMS championship for the Prodrive crew.
Further back in LMP2 it was a great event for Speedy Racing as the Lola Coupe of Jonny Kane/Benjamin Leuenberger/Xavier Pompidou took a 1 lap victory, despite beiung punted off the circuit after the chequered flag. In GT1 the Gigawave Racing Aston Martin of Ryan Sharp/Peter Kox was victorious, with the Ferrari 430 of Rob Bell/Gianmaria Bruni taking the top spot in GT2 but just missing out on the GT2 title by a point.
On the Saturday we were treated to all the support races and qualifying. Without any doubt it was the CER (Classic Endurance Racing) cars which were the highlight of the day. At the front it was a break neck pace with the lead changing numerous times as the fortunes changed amongst the prototypes. Eventually it was the Lola T290 BDG of Bobby Rahal who took victory from the Chevron B26 of John Burton and in the third the Lola T298 BMW of Frederic Da Rocha. All in all a great weekend of racing!
On to the videos. The 1st one is from the Saturday of this meeting and includes LMS free practice and qualifying along with the Radical race, Formula Le Mans and best of all the CER Series race, (Classic Endurance Racing) –
Then the big one, the video from LMS race day –