History has been made at the La Sarthe circuit this weekend with the first ever win in Le Mans by a diesel powered car. After 24 gruelling hours and 380 laps of the 13km circuit, the Joest Audi No 8 of Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner crossed the finishing line 4 laps ahead of second placed No 17 Pescarolo Sport or Eric Helary, Franck Montagny and Sebastian Loeb. Third was the second Joest Audi.
Just 12 laps behind was the GT1 Corvette driven by Olivier Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Jan Magnussen, five laps ahead of second placed GT1 car, Aston DBR9 No 7 driven by Tomas Enge, Andrea Piccini and Darren Turner.
LMP2 class was won by the RML AER driven by Thomas Erdos, Mike Newton and Andy Wallace, but main TVRCC interest in the class was surely with Martin Short who once again notched up a Le Mans finish, this time in his brand new Rollcentre Racing Radical Judd which crossed the line 20th overall and fifth in class. Other TVRCC interest was with the LMP1 Chamberlain Synergy car of the 2004 T400R drivers Bob Berridge and Gareth Evans who also finished fifth in class, 26th overall.
Perhaps the Club must hold back its main congratulations though for regular TVR T400R driver, veteran of the 2004 historic double TVR finish and team principal of last year's Team LNT TVR, Laurence Tomlinson. Laurence's Team LNT Panoz, co-driven with Richard dean and Tom Kimber-Smith, battled its way to the front of Gt2 class and took the lead with about 45 minutes remaining after the Sytek Porsche had gearbox problems at the aptly named Porsche curves, holding onto the lead until the end to win by one lap. Great work Laurence - but let's see you back in a TVR for 2007 please!
The TVR Car Club