QUALIFYING: THE PEUGEOT 908 HDi FAP SHINES
The two 908 HDi FAP cars will start from the front row at the Silverstone 1000km, locking out the top two spots for the fourth time this season, and rounding off the season in the same style that has seen them take pole position at every round of the Le Mans Series. Stephane Sarrazin came out on top of a hard-fought qualifying session, just 0.011s ahead of Nicolas Minassian, and 0.7s ahead of Allan McNish's Audi.
Stephane Sarrazin was first out on track in qualifying to complete an installation lap, following Pedro Lamy's accident in the final free practice session. Running slick tyres on a still-damp circuit, Pedro was caught out on the straight and spun into the tyre wall before Abbey. After being expertly repaired by the mechanics, the No.8 908 HDi FAP immediately went top of the timesheets with Sarrazin at the wheel, setting a lap of 1m 30.474s in spite of heavy traffic on the circuit.
Nicolas Minassian was next out at the wheel of the No.7 908 HDi FAP but he was hit in the rear by an LMP2 car on his timed lap, and was forced back to the pits to change the rear crash box. He went back out with six minutes remaining in the session, and bettered Sarrazin's time with a lap of 1m 30.370s.
Completing a third timed lap, Sarrazin reclaimed pole with a lap of 1m 30.359s. For the fourth time this season in the Le Mans Series, the front row of the grid has been locked out by the two 908 HDi FAP cars.
Stephane Sarrazin: "There was a lot of traffic during qualifying - easily the worst I've experienced this year. The car was well-balanced, and I'm feeling very confident for the race. I'm delighted for the team, who did a brilliant job once again. Our main objective now is to win the race, hopefully with a one-two, and to help Peugeot win the title."
Nicolas Minassian: "Our goal now is to win the race. We will attack as much as possible. We have the best car and I'm feeling confident."