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Le Mans Series 2006
Round 4. Donington Park 1000 Kilometers. August 26th-27th 2006

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This gallery contains images from Round Four of the 2006 Le Mans Series, held at Donington Park in England over the Bank Holiday weekend of August 26th and 27th 2006. Thomas Erdos had to dig deep in order to maintain his unbeaten record in qualifying, but found another half-second (despite having declared just minutes before that his provisional pole had been as good as it was going to get!) to better a late charge from Stuart Moseley in the Bruichladdich Radical. With one record intact, raceday saw the team set another, with a lap record of 1:22.953 from Erdos en route to a memorable maiden win in the 2006 championship. It was a race in which luck - most of it bad - played as large a role as skill and determination in deciding the result; qualities not lacking in the RML squad. See here for a synopsis of the race.

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Second quickest in first practice suggested a tough weekend ahead.

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Photograph: David Lord

Tommy down the back straight in second practice - quickest in LMP2.

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Mike Newton was flying round DP - his two greatest passions.

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Thomas Erdos set a best of 1:23.024 in Friday practice.

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A fifth consecutive LMP2 pole for Erdos in qualifying.

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Photograph: David Lord

Early in the race and Erdos has Hancock in his mirrors.

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Photograph: David Lord

Through Foggarty's with a puncture and the pack closes in.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

Cresting the rise before the Melbourne Loop, Erdos in pursuit.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

The first driver-change, with Newton climbing aboard the MG.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

A consistent mid-race stint from Newton maintained the charge.

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Photograph: David Lord

Mike Newton rounds Goddards, holding second place throughout.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

The final driver change sees Erdos back into the cockpit.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

With the sun drawing low, Erdos sets off in pursuit of victory.

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Photograph: David Lord (Hi-res vertical)

Concern marks the faces of those watching the timing screens.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

Delight on the podium as Erdos and Newton enjoy victory.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

A blizzard of champagne soaks the victorious RML drivers.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

Mike Newton toasts the members of his team with a dose of Moet.

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Photograph: Marcus Potts

Tommy pours champagne onto the mchanics below.

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Photograph: David Lord (Hi-res vertical)

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