LE MANS WEEK GETS UNDERWAY FOR TEAM PEUGEOT TOTAL !
Traditionally, the 24 Hours of Le Mans begins with the weighing procedure organised in the city centre. For Team Peugeot Total, however, Chartres was the venue for the kick-off to this year’s event. Accompanied by Olivier Quesnel, the nine drivers (Anthony Davidson, Marc Gené, Alexander Wurz, Nicolas Minassian, Franck Montagny, Stéphane Sarrazin, Sébastien Bourdais, Pedro Lamy and Simon Pagenaud) covered 125 kilometres on bike to get to the weighing procedure. A closely-knit unit, the group arrived at place des Jacobins where they were greeted by loud cheers from a large and enthusiastic crowd. Having taken part in the traditional group photo that follow Scrutineering, Team Peugeot Total is now ready for the year's most important race.
Chartes to Le Mans by bike
Reflecting the spirit of togetherness and determination that runs through Team Peugeot Total, the team’s nine drivers plus Peugeot Sport Director Olivier Quesnel all arrived together in Le Mans on Monday June 6, 2011.
After leaving Chartres in the morning, the Peugeot group had to cope with showers as they covered the 125 kilometres separating the prefecture cities of Eure-et-Loir and Sarthe. “We had a good time all together”, recounts Olivier Quesnel. “It was an original way of diving head first into this long and hard week in Le Mans. Everyone rode well, covering 125 kilometres at close to average of 36kph. That just shows what good shape our drivers are in. We then went through the traditional Scrutineering. The pressure will increase gradually as the race approaches. We will manage that using the same methods that we’ve being applying for several years now. Today was a good warm-up session. Riding all together helped us to clear our heads before calmly beginning this 79th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
Marc Gené, Peugeot 908 no.7: “It was both original and great fun to arrive all together on bike for scrutineering. Physically, everything went well and we all especially enjoyed the atmosphere in the team. This really is the best spirit I’ve ever experienced in a team and I hope that the results reflect that.”
Nicolas Minassian, Peugeot 908 no.8: “This spectacular arrival got us into the spirit of things in a totally new way. It’s a perfect way of clearing your head. Once again, we really enjoyed ourselves as a group and that is going to continue throughout the week. We are ready. The pressure is going to increase little by little. We all liked our first meeting with the crowd at the place des Jacobins.”
Pedro Lamy, Peugeot 908 no.9: “I had never dreamed of coming to Le Mans on bike, so I am pleased to have done just that. We maintained a good pace over the 125 kilometres. We made it to the end without tiring ourselves out. Tuesday will be a working day just among ourselves, to get into the swing of this 79th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans a bit more and then on Wednesday, we’ll have our first outing on track. It's a unique event, with a unique atmosphere: time almost becomes meaningless here for a week. We are used to it, but every time you’re here, it feels special.”