Bourdais happy to finish in horrible conditions

Sebastien Bourdais, along with Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy, finished the Le Mans 24 Hours second behind the wheel of the ...

Sebastien Bourdais, along with Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy, finished the Le Mans 24 Hours second behind the wheel of the #8 Peugeot 208 in the car's first outing at the French race.

After the event Bourdais spoke about his feeling about the race and explained why the car pitted in the closing minutes and paused on the final lap to wait to be lapped by the leader.

"The end of the race was crazy with these horrible conditions. Our only aim was to get the car back home. We had a big fright with the engine half an hour before the end and I think the car seemed to be designed for 24 hours and 10 minutes, not more. I think if there had been another lap she wouldn't have made it, that's why I stopped.

"It was a bit stressful in the car but the result is good and underlines all the work that has been done by the team. For a car that started from a clean sheet to arrive on the rostrum in the most difficult race in the world is a remarkable achievement and a great achievement for the Peugeot Sport Team.

"The oil pressure went down to zero and it was really tight that the race finished.

"It's really great for us to finish Le Mans in second place. We did a great job, above all the mechanics - they reacted very quickly as we had a few problems at the start of the race, and the car was back in the race in five minutes. The car only started running six months ago. We were a bit short of time and so to bring it back without mistakes is a fantastic result.

"It was just a bit too quick for us at the start of the race and we couldn't take too many risks, and we don't have too much experience with the 908 and they [Audi] tried to push us into making a mistake and we couldn't go there. When the track rubbered in we began to get in a rhythm and we were setting more or less the sae times as then, if a little bit slow."

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