Peugeot maintains 1-2 in closing hours at the 'Ring

Team Peugeot Total's Pedro Lamy continues to lead the Nurburgring 1000km with less than two hours remaining. It will take anything short of a miracle for anyone to catch the two 908 HDi-FAPs, as the French diesels are in control and hold a...

Team Peugeot Total's Pedro Lamy continues to lead the Nurburgring 1000km with less than two hours remaining. It will take anything short of a miracle for anyone to catch the two 908 HDi-FAPs, as the French diesels are in control and hold a one-lap lead over the two Audi Sport Team Joest R10 TDIs.

The fourth round of the Le Mans Series season has so far been clean and green, with 135 laps completed by the No. 8 machine of Lamy and co-driver Stephane Sarrazin. It's sister car of Nicolas Minassian and Marc Gene are in a solid second, ahead of the first of the Audis, the No. 2 example of Alexandre Premat and Mike Rockenfeller in third.

Allan McNish and Dindo Capello aboard the No. 2 Audi run in fourth, and are now three laps ahead of the leading gasoline-powered LM P1 of Charouz Racing System. The team's Aston Martin-powered Lola B08/60 lost one lap in the pit lane with air jack problems. Jan Charouz rejoined in sixth but gained the position back from the No. 5 Team Oreca Matmut Courage-Oreca LC70 Judd shortly after. Loic Duval at the wheel of the brightly colored French prototype dropped to seventh overall after a spin.

One major retirement during the middle hours came from the No. 16 Pescarolo Sport Judd, which has fallen out due to suspension damage. Jean-Christophe Boullion suffered a series of incidents on track, including a few trips into the gravel trap. Team Principal Henri Pescarolo elected to retire the car and not make any further risks.

The Van Merksteijn Motorsport Porsche RS Spyder of Jos Verstappen and Jeroen Bleekemolen continue to pace LM P2, now up to sixth overall. It's been a trouble-free run for the Dutch-entered machine, but the same could not be said for many of its competitors.

Horag Racing's RS Spyder of Jan Lammers, Didier Theys and Fredy Lienhard are back in second, but fell back as far as fifth during the middle hours. This was because of a fierce battle for the final two podium positions in P2. Positions two through five are separated by less than two minutes. The No. 46 Embassy Racing WF-01 Zytek the third spot at the moment, closely in pursuit by the Saulnier Racing Pescarolo Judd in fourth. Team Essex's Porsche has recovered from its off early in the second hour to climb up to fifth in class.

In LM GT1, the Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 of Antonio Garcia and Tomas Enge are in control, still with a two-lap advantage over the second-placed IPB Spartak Lamborghini Murcielago. The No. 72 Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R has rejoined following repairs, but is 32 laps behind the class-leading machine.

Rob Bell and Gimmi Bruni lead LM GT2 in their Virgo Motorsport Ferrari F430 GT, holding a one-lap lead over the No. 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3 RSR in second. IMSA Performance Matmut's Porsche has slipped to third. The No. 91 Farnbacher Racing Porsche, which ran as high as fourth, stopped on track with apparent driveline problems and is now out of the running.

Dark-looking clouds have started to roll in to the Eifel Mountain region. Could there possibly see a sprinkle or two of rain before the end of the race? That would certainly spice things up a bit.

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