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Herbert, Lehto win Petit Le Mans.

GTS class honours went to the Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello of Tomas Enge, Peter Kox and Alain Menu, while finishing second was another Prodrive Ferrari driven by Jan Magnussen, David Brabham and Anthony Davidson. The two team cars battled strongly for most of the race and finished 1,053 seconds apart.

"We'd like to have won more races and the ALMS championship, but we won Le Mans and the Petit Le Mans this year, so it was successful," said Kox. "Driving all year with Tomas has been a pleasure."

"Our car has become so much better and stronger," said Enge. "The changes that have been made have been very good for the car and the team. The last four races, we have won."

Finishing third in class was the Chevrolet Corvette C5-R of Oliver Gavin, Kelly Collins and Andy Pilgrim. Chevrolet entered the race needing a minimum finish of third to clinch its third straight GTS class Manufacturer's title.

Winning the GT class was the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Jorg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, which dominated most of the event despite being involved in an early crash. The other Job car of Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen finished second, the two drivers having already clinched the GT class driving championship.

Ralf Kelleners and Anthony Lazzaro finished third in the Risi Competizione Ferrari 360 Modena.

The car lost its right-side door early in the race when it was clipped by a car that had spun. "I tried to miss that car but it moved into me," said Bernhard, who was driving at the time. "We were fortunate that it only hit the door and didn't hit one of the tyres. The team fixed the problem and we were good after that."






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