A very promising 2009 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Pescarolo Sport
Two superb prototypes were entered by Pescarolo Sport : a Pescarolo-Judd, designed and built during the winter season by the whole team. It already allowed Pescarolo Sport to lead the LMS Championship in both Team and Drivers classifications; and a Peugeot 908 HDi FAP entrusted by the Manufacturer to the Sarthe team in order to face up to the Audi armada in le Mans.
The 'Le Mans week' had started well, the audience and the media were enthusiastic about the two Pescarolos, #16 and # 17 in their new attractive livery. Qualified in good position on the grid, they both made a good start on Saturday.
Until 04.03 on Sunday morning, the whole team was following the race of the two cars; the 908 HDi FAP was running in a solid 4th position and a step on the podium was within reach. Jean-Christophe Boullion at the wheel for the start of the race was teamed up with Simon Pagenaud and Benoit Treluyer; they proved to be on the same level as the offical team. Unfortunately, in the middle of the night, for a still unknown reason, Benoit Treluyer went off the track and hit severely the armco at Tertre Rouge. The shock was terrible but luckily Benoit was safe and sound.
Once reassured on the condition of the driver, the retirement of the 'Pescarolo-Peugeot' was felt as a great disappointment by the whole team.
Meanwhile the Pescarolo-Judd #16, in 7th position overall was fighting with the Oreca-Courage for 5th position. During the night, due to accidents and oil leaks, the race was neutralised by a serie of outings of the Safety Car. For #16, the one and only problem came from the necessity to proceed to the replacement of the brake discs and pads, there again for unknown reasons. So close to the end of the race, it was too late to catch up the two positions lost during the pit-stop. The crew Tinseau/Jouanny/Barbosa, finishes the race in 8th position overall and in 3rd position in the 'petrol' category.
This is definitely not the type of result the team was expecting but in Portugal, at the end of July, the two Pescarolo-Judd will take their revenge in Le Mans Series.