Sebring: Peugeot Sport qualifying report

Off to a successful start... After spending the past week pounding round the demanding circuit at Sebring, Team Peugeot Total has succeeded in qualifying its two 908 HDi FAPs on the front row for this weekend's 12-hour clash. Three qualifying...

Off to a successful start...

After spending the past week pounding round the demanding circuit at Sebring, Team Peugeot Total has succeeded in qualifying its two 908 HDi FAPs on the front row for this weekend's 12-hour clash.

Three qualifying laps each bagged front row starts for Marc Gene and Nicolas Minassian...

Peugeot nominated Spain's Marc Gene (Peugeot No.07) and Frenchman Nicolas Minassian (No.08) to qualify its two cars, and the two drivers used the three laps that were allotted to them to put their cars in first and second places on Saturday's grid, with times of 1m 45.214s and 1m 45.841s respectively. The drivers named to start Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring -- the world's longest race after the Le Mans 24 Hours -- are Austria's Alexander Wurz in the No.07 car (followed by Briton Anthony Davidson, then Marc Gene) and Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais in the No.08 908 HDi FAP (followed by Portugal's Pedro Lamy and France's Nicolas Minassian). The field will be flagged away at 10:30am local time (3:30pm CET).

Le Mans: the main objective...

For the third year running, Team Peugeot Total has chosen to begin its preparations for the Le Mans 24 Hours in Florida. This time round, the two Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs having been lapping at Sebring since Saturday March 13 and will remain at the circuit until Tuesday March 23.

Bruno FAMIN: "We have a busy programme, and we are doing everything we can to follow it to the letter, despite being hampered by a number of sessions that turned out to be relatively unproductive because of red flag incidents. Our two priorities have essentially been 2010-specification soft- and medium-compound tyres Michelin has brought to Florida. Today's objective was to get the two cars onto the front row for Saturday's start without taking any undue risks, because the track is quite dirty as a result of the high number of accidents we saw during the support race which preceded qualifying. It came as no surprise to hear the drivers complain of a lack of grip. We also didn't want to put in too many laps because we wanted to spare our tyres for the start. Our objective here is to continue preparing for Le Mans, and we have had a few problems since last Saturday, including a fuel leak, an accident and, more importantly, a body change, but nothing we haven't encountered before or that was insurmountable."

Quotes: Olivier Quesnel and Marc Gene...

Olivier QUESNEL: "We are above all here to prepare for Le Mans. Sebring is a genuine endurance race which can be very hard on the cars, so it's an event we couldn't afford to miss! The team is in a confident mood and as professional as ever. There is no internal fighting, and I have every confidence that our drivers will put in an intelligent race and provide us with plenty of information which we will be valuable for the rest of our programme."

Marc GENE: "This is my first visit to Sebring. Olivier Quesnel and Bruno Famin decided some time ago that it would be Nicolas and I who would drive our respective cars in qualifying. That meant I was able to use this week's different test and practice sessions to prepare for this afternoon's run. Nicolas Minassian talked me through the track, down to its slightest bump, and there are quite a few dangerous corners. If the Formula 1 drivers came here, they would be in for a big surprise! We have covered some excellent groundwork since the beginning of the week, but now it's time to turn our attention to the race which promises to be very difficult. The Aston Martins benefit from good straight-line speed and I think they could be a real threat."

-source: peugeot

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Series ALMS
Drivers Nicolas Minassian , Marc Gene , Alexander Wurz , Pedro Lamy , Sébastien Bourdais , Olivier Quesnel