ILMC: Simon Pagenaud Zhuhai summary

BRAVO, PEUGEOT! The French carmaker's objective in China was to secure the inaugural Intercontinental Le Mans Cup's Manufacturers' title and it accomplished that mission in style. After qualifying in second place on the grid in their Peugeot...

BRAVO, PEUGEOT!

The French carmaker's objective in China was to secure the inaugural Intercontinental Le Mans Cup's Manufacturers' title and it accomplished that mission in style. After qualifying in second place on the grid in their Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, Simon Pagenaud and Sebastien Bourdais opted for a low fuel-consumption strategy. This was carefully calculated to permit the No.1 car to win the final clash of 2010 by enabling it to make one less refuelling stop than the No.2 sister car and the two Audis. Everything was going according to plan until what turned out to be the hectic final phase of the Zhuhai 1000km. Soon after Montagny's excursion into a gravel trap in the No.2 Peugeot on Lap 162, Bourdais was forced to make an unscheduled stop to change several damaged body parts following a tangle with a GT runner. This incident saw the No.1 908 lose three laps to the leaders and handed victory to team-mates Montagny/Sarrazin. After four years of loyal service, and before passing the baton to the car which will replace it from 2011, the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP brought its glorious career to an end with a 19th win.

SIMON PAGENAUD

"I'm so pleased that Peugeot managed to win the 2010 Manufacturers' ILMC title in such an emphatic way with one last success to wrap up the season. Our car was running to a slightly different strategy which was based on a lower fuelconsumption set-up compared to the No.2 car. That should have enabled us to make one less pit stop than the other front-runners and, theoretically, would have enabled us to win the race. Then, about 40 laps from the flag, Sebastien was having a great stint when he got caught in traffic and tangled with a GT runner. That saw us lose three laps to the other top LMP1 cars and deprived us of any chance we had of winning. Happily, victory ended up going to the No.2 908 which allowed Peugeot to round off the season with yet another win. It's been a great 2010 campaign for me, with some top results and the American Le Mans Series title to my name, but it's already time to start looking ahead to 2011."

-source: simon-pagenaud.com

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