Motul Signs On as Title Sponsor of Petit Le Mans

Motul Petit Le Mans

BRASELTON, Ga. (January 27, 2017) – Motul will serve as the title sponsor for the world-renowned Petit Le Mans 10-hour endurance race at Road Atlanta, as well as the Official Lubricant Partner of Road Atlanta and Petit Le Mans, track officials announced today.

The Motul Petit Le Mans, set for Oct. 4-7, is the final race and championship decider in this season’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as well as the ultimate race in the four-event Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup (TPNAEC). The TPNAEC also includes other iconic endurance races at Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Raceway and Watkins Glen International.

The long-term Motul partnership with Road Atlanta will include prominent trackside and facility-wide signage, display, hospitality and a robust in-market activation element.

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Risi Ferrari Team Of Fisichella, Vilander, Calado Win Petit Le Mans

The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE co-drivers Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander and James Calado broke through for their first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class victory of the season in Saturday’s Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, the final race of the season.

Meanwhile, the No. 4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R duo of Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin picked up their first WeatherTech Championship GTLM title with a third-place class result alongside endurance co-driver Marcel Fassler.

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Honda Captures Patrón Endurance Cup Championship, Action Express Wins Third Consecutive Team And Drivers Title

Winning three of the four longest races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship carried Honda to the coveted manufacturer’s championship in the 2016 Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.

Ed Brown, Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek and Pipo Derani opened the year with back-to-back victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida in the No. 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Honda Ligier JS P2, and then finished second in Saturday’s season-ending Petit Le Mans Presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Casino behind the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Curb Records/AERO Honda Ligier JS P2 of Ozz Negri, John Pew and Olivier Pla.

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Honda Captures Petit Le Mans Victory At Road Atlanta

Olivier Pla held off Pipo Derani in a battle of Honda-powered Ligiers to win Saturday’s Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, while Corvette Daytona Prototype drivers Dane Cameron and Eric Curran captured the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a fourth-place finish.

“It was a dream weekend from the beginning,” said Pla, who won his second TOTAL Pole Award in Friday’s qualifying session. “I had a really good feeling and sometimes it works. I always go for it, but I really wanted this one.”

Pla was joined by Ozz Negri and John Pew in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Curb Records/AERO Honda Ligier JS P2, leading 230 of the 412 laps in their second victory of the season. After 10 hours of competition, Pla beat Derani to the checkered flag by 3.524 seconds, stopping a late-race charge by the Daytona and Sebring-winning No. 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Honda Ligier JS P2 co-driven by Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek.

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Petit Fast Facts

  • 10 hours of racing
  • First run on October 10, 1998
  • Class winners of this event receive an automatic invitation to the following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans

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