The longest three hours begin for Team Peugeot Total
After the early morning's drama, which saw the two Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs move into 2nd and 3rd places on the provisional leaderboard, the situation at the sharp end has been much more stable during the past three hours. The French prototypes have already covered nearly 4,500km each at an average speed of more than 200kph, with only one of them (the N8 car) dropping around a quarter of an hour in the pits for a series of wheel-bearing changes, plus a front nose change (N7) on Saturday evening. Apart from that, the Team Peugeot Total mechanics have had only routine pit work to do, although nobody in the team has any intention of resting of their laurels with three hours of the 2007 Le Mans 24 Hours still to come before the chequered flag.
Conditions: clear weather / 14C 19C (air)
Jacques Villeneuve posts his fastest time of the race so far on the N7 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP's 299 lap (3m 30.836s). Next time round, the Canadian notches up his car's 300th lap (4,088km). Coincidence: he was also at the wheel when the car clocked up its 100th (at 9.50pm) and 200th (at 4.11am) laps!
Routine pit-stops only at this stage in the race for the two Team Peugeot Total cars: fuel, plus tyre changes that correspond with driver swaps. The mechanics also profit from each stop to clear the 908 HDi FAPs' radiators of accumulated rubber and debris to optimise the cooling of their V12 HDi FAP engines.
Marc GENE (N7 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP): "The run went very well. No problems and a good trouble-free run in the dry. So I really tried to focus on driving as smoothly as possible to make the most of the car. For me, everything's OK." Pedro LAMY (N8 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP): "Once again, I didn't get any really clear laps, but never mind. The car is going well, with no problems. Let's just hope it stays that way until the finish..."