Peugeot leads opening two hours at Nurburgring

Peugeot holds a firm grip on the Nurburgring 1000km, as the team's two 908 HDi-FAPs enjoy a 90-plus second lead over the two Audi Sport Team Joest R10 TDIs with two hours complete. Pedro Lamy in the No. 8 Peugeot took over the lead from teammate...

Peugeot holds a firm grip on the Nurburgring 1000km, as the team's two 908 HDi-FAPs enjoy a 90-plus second lead over the two Audi Sport Team Joest R10 TDIs with two hours complete. Pedro Lamy in the No. 8 Peugeot took over the lead from teammate Marc Gene after a slow second pit stop by the No. 7 crew. Both look to be in control once again, with 68 laps in the books.

Audi has yet to mount a serious challenge to French Lions, as now both German diesels run on the tail end of the lead lap. The No. 2 entry of Mike Rockenfeller is in third, close to one minute and 30 seconds behind the overall race leader. Audi's sister No. 1 car of Allan McNish is in fourth, but has continued to struggle with handling issues.

Overnight, McNish and co-driver Dindo Capello's No. 1 car underwent a complete suspension rebuild after suffering from handling issues in practice and qualifying. While it may have solved some of the problems, the car has yet to show its form in the race.

Charouz Racing System's Lola B08/60 Aston Martin of Jan Chrarouz sits in a solid fifth, after starting from third on the grid. The Czech LM P1 coupe was overtaken by Alexandre Premat's No. 2 Audi on the first lap but held its own ahead of the No. 1 Audi for much of the first hour.

In LM P2, the Van Merksteijn Motorsport Porsche RS Spyder of Jeroen Bleekemolen holds a comfortable lead following a spin by the Team Essex example of Casper Elgaard. Elgaard's Danish RS Spyder was beached in the gravel trap and lost considerable time. This elevated the Horag Racing Porsche of Didier Theys to second, ahead of the Quifel ASM Team Lola B05/40 AER in third.

Antonio Garcia is in control of the LM GT1 category, as his Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 holds a two-lap lead over the IPB Spartak Racing Lamborghini Murcielago of Roman Rusinov. Luc Alphand Aventures has had a disastrous run so far. While in second, the team's No. 72 Corvette C6.R was pulled behind the wall with a fluid leak. Then, a LMP2 Zytek nailed its sister No. 73 entry, causing significant rear suspension damage. Both cars are now in the garage undergoing repairs. The team is now trying to get at least one car back out on track to score championship points.

Virgo Motorsport has made a brilliant come-from-behind run to now lead in LM GT2. After suffering a fire in practice on Friday, the small British team worked around the clock to rebuild its Ferrari F430 GT. It started the race from the pit lane, but Gimmi Bruni rocketed up to the lead by lap 18. It continues to pace the field, now in the hands of Rob Bell. The No. 76 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3 RSR of Richard Lietz is in second, followed closely by the No. 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche in third.

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