Montagny takes over lead from Villeneuve

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Montagny takes over lead from Villeneuve

The Peugeots are still leading the Le Mans 24 Hours, although Jacques Villeneuve in the No. 7 Team Peugeot Total 908 HDi-FAP lost the lead to the No. 9 sister car with Franck Montagny at the wheel. ...

The Peugeots are still leading the Le Mans 24 Hours, although Jacques Villeneuve in the No. 7 Team Peugeot Total 908 HDi-FAP lost the lead to the No. 9 sister car with Franck Montagny at the wheel.

#9 Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908: Franck Montagny, Ricardo Zonta, Christian Klien.
Photo by Tom Haapanen.

Towards the end of the 6th hour the pair were separated by just a handful of seconds. Montagny, clearly the quicker at this stage of the race, took the lead close to 9 pm local time. This now makes it 20 changes to the lead in the race.

Losing the lead seemed to spur on Villeneuve as he is able to hold on to the tail of the lead car, althoug he is due to stop for fuel at the pits shortly.

After a pit stop for the No. 2 Audi, the modern Le Mans legend, Tom Kristensen, took the wheel for his first stint in the No. 2 Audi Sport Team Joest R10 TDI. Seven-time Le Mans winner Kristensen got straight to work, immediately putting in laps in the 3:25s.

Pedro Lamy in the third Peugeot is battling up the field. The earlier gearbox troubles put the car behind, but Lamy has been getting the best out of the car and had pulled himself back to 10th.

Before taking control of the No. 8 car Lamy said, "We are trying to catch up, we lost many laps but there are 18 hours to go. We'll just push and try to be fast on track and make up time."

The No. 2 and No. 3 Audis are in 4th and 5th, respectively, and are still very much in the fight, being just one lap down on the lead car. The No. 5 Team Oreca Matmut Courage-Oreca LC70 Judd is running in 6th place, 4 laps adrift from the leader.

The No. 14 Creation Autosportif Creation CA07 came in for running The repairs to the splitter but is back out. The highest placed Pescarolo is the No. 17 Pescarolo Sport Judd of Christophe Tinseau, Benoit Treluyer and The Harold Primat in 8th.

<B>Update:</B> The No. 64 Corvette Racing C6.R lost laps in the pits with alternator problems. It is now back on track.

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