SÃ©bastien Bourdais leads away the field at 3pm to start the 2007 Le Mans 24 Hours. However, the Frenchman runs wide first time into the Dunlop Esses and rejoins the track in 4th position. SÃ©bastien overtakes car NÂ°3 at Mulsanne to regain 3rd ...
Sébastien Bourdais leads away the field at 3pm to start the 2007 Le Mans 24 Hours. However, the Frenchman runs wide first time into the Dunlop Esses and rejoins the track in 4th position. Sébastien overtakes car N°3 at Mulsanne to regain 3rd position behind Nicolas Minassian and the two Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs complete Lap 1 in 2nd (N°7) and 3rd places (N°8). Bourdais regains 2nd place when he overtakes Minassian before Arnage on Lap 2.
Minassian is then passed by the N°1 car on Lap 3 and then comes under pressure from N°3 car and is finally passed on Lap 4. Bourdais under pressure at start of Lap 5 from car N°1 and is passed before the end of the lap. The two Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs complete Lap 1 in 3rd (N°8) and 5th (N°7) places.
On Lap 9, Bourdais is passed by car N°4. The two Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs complete Lap 9 in 4th and 5th places, but N°1 car (race leader) pits. Half an hour into race, on Lap 10, Minassian passes Bourdais to take 4th place.
First pit stop for N°8 Peugeot at 15.36 (fuel) after 10 laps. First pit stop for N°7 Peugeot at 15.40 (fuel) after 11 laps. After the fastest cars' first round of pit-stops, the two Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs complete Lap 12 in 4th (N°7) and 5th (N°8) places. The top five cars covered by 52.514 seconds.
First drops of rain begin fall on the one hour mark.
Safety car sent out at 16.04 as rain becomes very heavy, but soon clears.
At the end of Lap 18 (16.07), the two Peugeots pit (fuel only) and re-join in 3rd (N°8) and 4th (N°7) places. They then go 2nd (N°8) and 3rd (N°7) when car N°3 stops after Lap 20, but Minassian is passed by car N°1 as they complete Lap 21 and falls to 4th. On Lap 22, Bourdais is also past by car N°1. Peugeot now 4th (N°8) and 5th (N°7). First Peugeot driver changes after Lap 25. The safety car is still out at 5pm, with the two Peugeots in 3rd (N°8) and 4th (N°7) places.
Frédéric SAINT-GEOURS (Executive Vice President, Automobiles Peugeot): "The Audis are clearly very quick but we must be patient. We are here to learn and improve our car. Audi have their strategy and we have ours..."
Sébastien BOURDAIS (N°8 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP): "It's quite difficult in these conditions. I made a stupid mistake at the start and overshot at the chicane. It's going to be tough against the Audis, but we shall see. We will try to keep it together and not make any mistakes. I found that my car over-steered a bit more after my first fuel stop. Maybe the wind has changed since qualifying. "
Nicolas MINASSIAN (N°7 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP): "The car is going really very well but the track is very, very dirty. I think we are losing a little ground along the straights."