The Le Mans series arrived at Silverstone for the final round of the 2009 championship on the 11th September with the now familiar air of excitement and tension as the series prepared to witness the battle for the title. Aston Martin Racing arrived with a three car team hoping to clinch the title and to prevent the Pescarolo Sport Team from snatching away the glory in a lst ditch attempt. The weather for the weekend was forecast to be good and for once it didn't really disappoint with Friday warm and sunny and Saturday and Sunday a little cooler and greyer but with no sign of rain. It was the Pescarolo Sport entry that set the early pace during the weekend  with Jean Christophe Bouillion setting the fastest time in the first free practice session from the Lola aston Martin of Harold Primat in second place and in third place the Team Oreca Matmut Courage Oreca LC70 of ex Formula One star Olivier Panis. The top three cars were covered by less than a single second in the opening session. In free practice two Bouillion again demonstrated his knowledge and pace at Silverstone by securing the top spot but this time it was the Audi R10 TDi of Christian Bakkerud that set the second fastest time to the fling Frenchman. Danny Watts was thisd fastest driving the Strakka Racing Ginetta Zytek. Again the top three drivers were separated by less than a second. finally in the third free practice session it was the turn of the Aston Martin Team to show their hand with Darren Turner setting the fastest lap ahead of team mate Jean Charouz. the Gulf liveried Lola Aston Martin cars were an evocative sight reminiscent of the JWAE Gulf 1970's Porsche 917's of Pedro Rodriguez and Jo Siffert, great to see. The Oreca Matmut car with Nicolas Lapierre at the wheel was third fastest demoting the Pescarolo of Bouillion down to fourth in this session. The scene was set for final qualifying and disaster struck the Pescarolo Team with Bouillion going off track and facing the prospect of having to start from the back of the grid in Sunday's race. there were no such problems for the Team Oreca Matmut Courage with Nicolas Lapierre setting the fastest time for pole position ahead of the chasing Aston Martins of Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner. The Lola Aston Martin of the Speedy Racing Team Sebah driven by Andrea Belicchi was fourth fastest. The weekend also saw the return to the track of ex Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell driving the Team LNT Ginetta Zytec with son Greg and Lawrence Tomlinson. On this occasion though it was Greg Mansell at the wheel driving the car to fifth place on the grid. Rounding out the top six fastest was the Audi R10 TDi of Andy Meyrick. Race day dawned slightly grey and and breezy with a chill in the air. Nonetheless a good crowd had arrived to at Silverstone circuit to see the final race of the season.  The Pescarolo Sport car driven by Christophe Tinseau had topped the early morning race warmup and the team had clearly not given up hope of winning the race despite their unfortunate qualifying setback. As the race got underway no one was left in any doubt about the determination of Jean Christophe Bouillion to put right his qualifying mistake. The Pescarolo Sport Team driver set off at an incredible pace from the back of the field and after an hour had passed amazingly he had managed to overtake the entire field to lead the race from the Aston Martin of Stefan Mucke. The Pescarolo moved strongly ahead until it was beset with problems in the third hour of the race losing some 15 laps and allowing the Oreca of Nicholas Lapierre to move into the lead. As the race moved towards the final hour the battle at the front was between the Oreca and the fast closing Lola Aston Martin of Speedy racing driven by Marcel Fassler. The Speedy Racing car took the lead briefly as the Oreca pitted but then had to pit for repairs allowing Olivier Panis to regain the lead. The frenchman was unstoppable from this position and secured victory for the Team Oreca Matmut car. The Speedy Racing Aston Martin finished second just seeing off a late challenge from the Aston Martin of Tomas Enge. So in the end analysis and despite a superb effort from the Pescarolo Sport Team and especially Jean Christophe Bouiliion the title was claimed by Aston Martin Racing with 39 points and Pescarolo having to settle for second place in the standings with 26 points. Team Oreca Matmut claimed third place with 23 points.


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