Time For Coffee? Petit Le Mans

Americans. They're only interested in racing on banked ovals in outdated cars, right? So the snooty European stereotype goes. And like many stereotypes, it's utter rubbish.

Chrome-wrapped Ferrari 458 won GT class
Chrome-wrapped Ferrari 458 won GT class
Having had this video from the weekend's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta brought to our attention by AxisOfOversteer we were going to share it as a Time For Tea? but, frankly, it's too good to wait until the afternoon and here it is to accompany your mid-morning brew-up.

After well-publicised testing dramas the Deltawing's sixth place overall has to be considered a success, the chrome plated Extreme Speeds Motorsports Ferrari 458 winning the GT class ahead of a hungry pack of Corvettes and Vipers. The Green Hornet Racing Porsche that came togetherwith the Deltawing in practise got mixed up in further trouble too, hitting the then leading Muscle Milk (ew!) Pickett Racing Honda early on and leaving the door open for the Rebellion Racing Lola Toyota to take a three-lap victory. Full race report and results here.

So much for the actual racing though; what this film from ZfH Productions really celebrates is the atmosphere of America's Petit Le Mans, a race that looks to have as much to enjoy as its big brother over in France. OK, not quite as easy to drive to. But worth a visit one day perhaps.

Petit Le Mans - Road Atlanta - October 20, 2012 from ZfH Productions on Vimeo

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  • BeirutTaxi 23 Oct 2012

    I love sports car racing! More enjoyable than F1 IMO.

    Sound of the Corvettes is epic as always. They're incredibly reliable too!

    One of the most memorable events for me was the battle between Bergmeister (Porsche) and Magnussen (Corvette) in the final 10 minutes of the American Le Mans Series 2009 final at Laguna Seca. Epic stuff.

  • garypotter 23 Oct 2012

    What a great looking circuit, and a great race series with some serious looking machinery.

    great vid but I found it better in MUTE

  • Galileo 23 Oct 2012

    Agreed. Should turn off the 'Joy Division' wannabes and let the cars do the singing.

  • CocoUK 23 Oct 2012

    Great film, I found it better with the sound ON!

    Remember the film was produced to celebrate the atmosphere of Petit Le Mans at Road America, the sound track was spot on, it's not a film of 'the race'.

    Edited by CocoUK on Tuesday 23 October 11:36

  • Burnham 23 Oct 2012

    Great Vid, makes me want to go.

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