Peugeot recovers from test day crash

Peugeot recovers from test day crash

During testing at La Sarthe the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP set the pace but the achievements were somewhat overshadowed by Marc Gene's accident at the Karting curve. ...

During testing at La Sarthe the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP set the pace but the achievements were somewhat overshadowed by Marc Gene's accident at the Karting curve.

#7 Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908: Marc Gene, Nicolas Minassian, Jacques Villeneuve.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.

Following the successful but dramatic official pre-24 Hours test for Team Peugeot Total ahead of the 2008 Le Mans race, the team have now built up a replacement chassis and are confident for the race.

Press manager for the team Jean Claude Lefebvre said: "Everything is under control, we have very good mechanics."

Gene was threatening to top the time sheets in the session but when he put a wheel onto the wet grass verge at Karting, this put the number 7 car into the barrier. The 908 went airborne and threatened to flip before making contact with the wall.

Gene was taken to hospital, but initial fears that he may have suffered broken bones proved to be unfounded as he was later released, suffering just severe bruising. Fortunately Gene is fully fit and has been back at work with other duties with the Ferrari F1 team.

Lefebvre commented: "He was in Canada at the Grand Prix last weekend because you know he is the Ferrari test driver, he was doing marketing for Ferrari, so he was in Canada but back Monday."

The all-new number five chassis was put through its paces last night at the local airfield in Le Mans in the hands of Gene and Nicolas Minassian, and the car is now working perfectly.

"No problem at all, no oil leak, no water leak." said Lefebvre.

The wall section at Karting has since been rebuilt, with a new concrete section inserted ahead of the qualifying practice sessions today.

Gene will take part in tonight#s practice along with co-drivers Minassian and Jacques Villeneuve.

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Nicolas Minassian , Marc Gene , Eric Gilbert , Claude Le Jean