2015 Petit Le Mans: Bill Kent Photo Gallery #2

By Chris Jasurek
Chris Jasurek
Chris Jasurek
Writer
October 7, 2015 Updated: October 14, 2015

Veteran motorports photographer Bill Kent has offered this set from the very wet Tudor United SportsCar Championship season finalé at Road Atlanta, the ten-hour Petit Le Mans.

The race was shortened by yellow and red flags and eventually stopped an hour ahead of schedule as days of constant rain left rivers flowing across the track. (See this short description of the race.) While the track was hot, there was plenty of racing action in all four classes.

All photos: Bill Kent/Epoch Times

While standing water made driving dangerous, it created interesting reflections for the fans and photographers. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)
While standing water made driving dangerous, it created interesting reflections for the fans and photographers. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

The #73 Park Place Porsche driven by Spencer Pumpelly, Madison Snow, and Patrick Lindsey finished first in the GT Daytona class, giving Porsche two class wins plus the overall. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)
The #73 Park Place Porsche driven by Spencer Pumpelly, Madison Snow, and Patrick Lindsey finished first in the GT Daytona class, giving Porsche two class wins plus the overall. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

The #90 Coyote-Corvette of Michael Valiante, Richard Westbrook, and MIke Rockenfeller was the quickest car on track until a pair of offs cost it time and did it damage. The car got back on track, but finished 12th overall and fifth in class. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)
The #90 Coyote-Corvette of Michael Valiante, Richard Westbrook, and MIke Rockenfeller was the quickest car on track until a pair of offs cost it time and did it damage. The car got back on track, but finished 12th overall and fifth in class. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

Four prototype Challenge cars storm through the Esses. Only four of the seven which started the race were running at the finish. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)
Four prototype Challenge cars storm through the Esses. Only four of the seven which started the race were running at the finish. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

The #17 Falken Tire Porsche didn't have the advantage in the rain it had enjoyed in previous years. The car barely made it to the starting grid after an accident in qualifying. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)
The #17 Falken Tire Porsche didn’t have the advantage in the rain it had enjoyed in previous years. The car barely made it to the starting grid after an accident in qualifying. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

As night approached, visibility worsened, prompting race director Beaux Barfield to call the race after eight hours. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)
As night approached, visibility worsened, prompting race director Beaux Barfield to call the race after eight hours. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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