In second position behind Peugeot, a victory for Pescarolo Sport!! The powerful diesel engines being back in the Le Mans Series championship, all competitors running on petrol engines knew there would be only one step left on the podium for...
In second position behind Peugeot, a victory for Pescarolo Sport!!
The powerful diesel engines being back in the Le Mans Series championship, all competitors running on petrol engines knew there would be only one step left on the podium for them! David Brabham's collision in the Peugeot 908 offered them a second chance! There has been a particularly fierce battle for those second and third steps on the podium in between the two Pescarolos-Judd, the various Lolas Aston-Martin and the Orecas.
During the practice sessions, the small diffrence in performance between all those cars clearly showed that the race would be intense. Once again, same as in Barcelona, during the qualifying session, Jean-Christophe Boullion was disrupted by a Safety Car period. Instead of being on the second row, guarantee of a safe start, he was placed on third row, alongside the Lolas Aston-Martin, with fast and furious drivers at the wheel. As a matter of fact, Jean-Christophe spun in the first corner because of one of them! Luckily the car was not damaged and Jean- Christophe started a brilliant and methodical catch up. Meanwhile, Bruce Jouanny in the Pescarolo-Judd #17 was in 6th position after a consistent start but a collision with a Lola stopped him for 4 laps before he could rejoin the race and catch up the delay. Finally, a severe went-off, due to the breakage of a rim at full speed in the Raidillon stopped him for good. Fortunately, Bruce was safe and sound, obviously very disappointed after this brilliant start; Joao Barbosa did not even drive one lap.
On lap number 10, a safety car period gave us the possibility to decide on a different strategy from our competitors: we called Jean-Christophe in car #16 in the pits immediately for refuelling and tyre changing. This offset strategy could have been even more profitable but due to numerous race incidents, the cars were gathered together again because of the various safety car periods. Jean-Christophe Boullion was in second position when he left the wheel to Christophe Tinseau but nothing was gained yet. The Lolas Aston-Martin were pretty close and the fight was particularly intense with the Oreca driven by Panis and Lapierre. Until Lapierre, under a constant pressure from Tinseau, made a little mistake. The Pescarolo #16 remained in second position until the chequered flag, just behind the Peugeot 908 driven by Pagenaud/Minassian/Klien. It was a remarkable reward for the whole team Pescarolo Sport.
Henri Pescarolo was delighted to comment: "Pagenaud on the podium, side by side with Boullion and Tinseau : there you can see three drivers of team Pescarolo Sport for the next 24 Hours of Le Mans!"