The gaps remain steady As dawn breaks over the Le Mans circuit the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No 2 is still in the lead after 15 hours of racing and is managing its lead. The gap has steadied but the race is far from decided. Car No 1 continues to...
The gaps remain steady
As dawn breaks over the Le Mans circuit the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No 2 is still in the lead after 15 hours of racing and is managing its lead. The gap has steadied but the race is far from decided. Car No 1 continues to edge towards the podium. Team Oreca's Peugeot remains sixth.
Conditions : Clear sky, dry at 06h00, 11 degrees.
Pit stops and changes:
908 HDi FAP No.1: Anthony Davidson (GBR) Marc Gene (ESP) Alexander Wurz (AUT) 03h03: refuelling (57"); 03h44: refuelling and tyres (1'23) Alexander Wurz in the car; 04h26: refuelling (57"); 5h08: refuelling (58"); 5h40: refuelling
908 HDi FAP No.2: Nicolas Minassian (FRA) Franck Montagny (FRA) Stephane Sarrazin (FRA) 03h32: refuelling and tyres (1'25); Nicolas Minassian in the car; 4h15: refuelling (58"); 4h57: refuelling (1'25); 5h39: refuelling (58")
The Race: Stephane Sarrazin, in car No 2 and Anthony Davidson, behind the wheel of car No 1 hand over to Nicolas Minassian and Alexander Wurz respectively, after a quadruple relay and nearly 3 hours in the cockpit. For the Peugeot No 2, the objective of this chilly night, 3000 kilometres after the start, has been to control Audis No 8 and 9, who have moved up to second and third places. As night turns to day the gaps steady. Fourth, car No 1 continues to push in an effort to approach the podium. From 5h00 the two cars chasing the No 2 Peugeot attempt to up the pace but Nicolas Minassian responds to maintain control. Car No 4 of Team Oreca remains 6th but gains ground on the fifth placed competitor. At 5h37 Minassian posts his cars fastest lap of the race.
Stephane Sarrazin (No 2) "Although you are in the lead you try not to think too far ahead, try not to get carried away, try and keep focused on the race ahead."
Anthony Davidson (No 1) "I was attacking the whole session, we don't have any choice if we want to get on to the podium. Of course it means you have to take risks. When I briefly visited the gravel it was because I was overtaking where I normally wouldn't have chanced it. It was nobodies fault, just one of those things.