Circuit de la Sarthe
After 15 Hours At Sunrise The Peugeots Are Up There
The Peugeots continue to make up ground on the leader as the race progresses, completing quadruple-stint shifts. After consistently coming in for pit stops every 12 laps, the pace is ramped up as day begins to break. The Peugeot no.7 takes advantage of the third safety car period to take the lead ahead of the Audi no.2. The top four cars are all on the same lap fifteen hours into the race!
The no.9 car, now driven by Simon Pagenaud, continues to make up ground. At 03:34, the car once again leads the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Third-placed Anthony Davidson, in the number 7 car, adopts a similar pace.
Just like at the start of the race, the leading positions change as the cars come into the pits. The number 7 and the number 9 both pit at the same time, in line with their programme of 12 laps between stints. The number 8 is on a different strategy, but is also getting ever closing to the leaders.
The pace is ramped up again as Anthony Davidson grabs the provisional fastest race lap at 04:19, with a time of 3’27’’713.
We are now in contention for the win, everything is going well.
There is another change at 04:54 when Anthony Davidson overtakes the Audi no.2. Two Peugeots therefore lead the race just before the safety car is brought out for the third time, following an accident involving the Lola- Rebellion no.13. The race is green-flagged again at 05:22, the Peugeot no.7 benefitting from this safety car period. Simon Pagenaud and Anthony Davidson were the night’s best performers in this 79th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Simon Pagenaud (Peugeot no.9): “The car is effective in these conditions with the tyres we're using. We are now in contention for the win, everything is going well. Let’s hope we can stay there to the end. There still a good way to go, and it’s going to be hard. The conditions are not easy, we have to stay focussed.”