ALL THREE PEUGEOT 908 HDi FAPs READY FOR THE RACE
The three Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs successfully completed this morning's 45- minute warm-up session which started at 9am sharp. The French machines once again topped the timesheets, with fastest times ranging from 3m 20.332s for car N9 to 3m 22.348s and 3m 22.874s for cars N8 and N7 respectively, while their closest rivals produced best laps in the 3m 23.319s to 3m 25.811s bracket.
The three 908 HDi FAPs completed 11 laps of the 13.629km circuit each.
The endurance classic starts at 3pm this afternoon with the N8 Peugeot on pole-position, followed closely by the N9 and N7 sister cars in second and third places on the grid. The Team Peugeot Total drivers for the start of the race will be Pedro Lamy (N8), Franck Montagny (N9) and Nicolas Minassian (N7) who did all the driving this morning.
The signal for official start of this year's Le Mans 24 Hours will be given simultaneously by two astronauts present at the circuit and by a cosmonaut orbiting above the planet in the International Space Station.
"This morning's run gave us a chance to do a thorough systems check of all three cars and also gather information concerning fuel consumption and tyre options," explained Peugeot Sport's Team Manager Serge SAULNIER. "After its crash during Thursday's evening's qualifying session, it was also important to ensure that everything was OK with the N9 car and I'm pleased to say that everything went very satisfactorily."