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PostSubject: 2009 American LeMans   Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:29 pm

I caught the tail end of the 09 LeMans at Laguna Seca, Was anyone watching the very end of the GT2??

It was a 911 GT3 Porsche and a C6 RGT Vette, it was fackin nuts. I'll post a video as soon as it gets up on the net.

The Vette was behind the Porsche the whole time, he finally passed the Porsche on the pit lane, got flagged and had to let the Porsche pass, tried to pass again right at the very end of the last lap, the Porsche put him next to the wall, Vette was getting by and the Porsche fishtailed the Vette and got put into the other wall :/

It was intense.

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PostSubject: Re: 2009 American LeMans   Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:57 pm

Dang. I can't wait to see the video. o_o

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PostSubject: Re: 2009 American LeMans   Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:09 pm

From http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=348988&FS=ALMS-LEMANS :

Date 2009-10-12

IMSA STATEMENT ON MAZDA RACEWAY GT2 FINISH

Following the closing laps and finish of the GT2 race Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, IMSA officials placed Jorg Bergmeister and Jan Magnussen on a two-race probation period for the start of the 2010 season with a minimum two race suspension in abeyance.

Should either driver commit further offenses in the first two rounds of 2010, the participant will receive at minimum a two-race ban from competition by IMSA, which sanctions the American Le Mans Series.

And this from http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/79386 :

Magnussen unhurt in last lap crash

By Matt Beer Sunday, October 11th 2009, 10:43 GMT

Jan Magnussen escaped uninjured from his violent accident at the end of yesterday evening's Laguna Seca American Le Mans Series round.

The Corvette driver was spun into the wall as he battled with Flying Lizard Porsche's Joerg Bergmeister for the GT2 class victory on the run to the line. Magnussen was taken to the circuit's medical centre for checks where it was confirmed that he had not been hurt, and the Dane and co-driver Johnny O'Connell were still classified second.

Magnussen had hunted down Bergmeister in the final laps after the Porsche lost ground being lapped by the overall leaders. His first passing attempt ended with him running wide, and although he retook the lead with two laps to go, he was ordered to cede the position as he had used the pit exit to complete the pass. Magnussen then dived back in front with an aggressive move at the final corner of the four-hour race, before being spun into the wall as Bergmeister fought back on the straight.

"It was really good, hard racing," said Magnussen. "I didn't think I even had a chance after I had to give the position back. Going into the last corner I was too far away to make a proper attack, but Joerg parked the car. I didn't see that, so I slid up and hit him a little - he went sideways and I managed to get on the inside.

"It was a drag race up the hill, and I managed to get ahead of him. Then he turned me into the wall, and he kept turning in. Then I spun around the nose of his car."

Bergmeister said he had not intended to cause an accident.

"I'm definitely sorry Jan went into the wall," Bergmeister said. "I didn't want that to happen. But it was a banging game. I'm glad he's okay. It was tough racing."

Corvette team boss Doug Fehan said he had enjoyed the intense race, but suggested that the rules should be tightened to prevent such battles ending in crashes in the future.

"Those last six laps were as exciting as I've seen in motor racing in a long time – two great teams, two great cars, two great drivers," Fehan said. "It's unfortunate it ended the way it did.

"I think we're going to review the videotapes and see what we can do to ascertain what went wrong there. I'm sure we'll be working with the sanctioning body to address it and put into place safeguards to make sure incidents like this won't happen again."

Still looking for the video, but it's not on youtube yet.

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PostSubject: Re: 2009 American LeMans   Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:09 pm

Found it!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CBeuoJmZ7g&feature=related

Crazy...

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PostSubject: Re: 2009 American LeMans   Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:57 am

Intense!
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