The 2009 Le Mans Series season review
In the absence of Audi and Peugeot, the independent teams rose to the fore and Aston Martin Racing, Pescarolo ORECA led the way in LMP1, while the hotly-contested lower classes were as close as ever
The 2009 Le Mans Series wasn't a manufacturer versus manufacturer gladiatorial epic like the previous year's head-to-head between Audi and Peugeot. Instead, the championship became a shoot-out between a larger group of smaller but quite evenly-matched teams.
Aston Martin Racing's new LMP1 project was the highest-profile squad in the field, and it eventually prevailed in the title battle after a close fight with the sometimes quicker Pescarolo. ORECA was also a winner, while there were surprisingly strong challenges from the Sebah and Strakka teams too.
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