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Le Mans Series 2006
Round 1. Istanbul 1000 Kilometers. April 7th-9th 2006

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This gallery contains images from the opening round of the 2006 Le Mans Series, staged at Istanbul Park, Turkey, over the weekend of April 7th-9th 2006. Thomas Erdos claimed LMP2 pole for RML in the #25 MG Lola EX264, but at the start of the race was tapped into a spin by a following car and crashed heavily into the concrete pit wall. The team worked with remarkable skill to repair the MG, allowing Erdos to re-joined the race within an hour. Setting some of the fastest laps of the race, he and Mike Newton fought back to 6th in class, gaining valuable points for the season.

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Thomas Erdos aboard the MG Lola EX264 during practice on Friday.

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Another view of Thomas Erdos in Friday practice rounding Turn 12.

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Following Tommy through the corner, he exits Turn 12 at the end of another lap.

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Mike Newton at the wheel of the MGEX264 during Friday free practice.

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Thomas Erdos prepares for qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

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Tommy on his way to LMP2 pole during Saturday's 20-minute qualifying session.

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The pit crew wait for the end of qualifying, fresh tyres at the ready, just in case.

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Thomas Erdos shelters from the rain before the race start..

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Late in the race, Mike Newton speeds along the main straight past the pits.

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