READY FOR THE CHALLENGE
The highlight of the 2011 season for Simon Pagenaud and Team Peugeot Total is the Le Mans 24 Hours which kicks off on Wednesday evening with free practice and the first of the week’s qualifying sessions, while the race itself begins on Saturday afternoon at 3pm local time.
The entire Peugeot Sport squad has prepared particularly meticulously for this annual endurance classic, including a programme of 15 test sessions which have put 45,000km on the car in a bid to repeat the team’s success of 2009. At the pre-race test day on April 24, Peugeot focused on endurance running and set-up work which proved extremely valuable, and the emphasis throughout the process has been on fine-tuning the new 908’s efficiency, reliability, balance and driveability.
All that remains now is to put this work to the test in what continues to stand out as a truly legendary event, and arguably the most punishing race imaginable for the drivers and their machines. The competition promises to be extremely fierce, too. Indeed, the gaps between the front-runners have been exceptionally close since the beginning of the year and there is every chance that the spectators will be treated to yet another memorable show this weekend. Simon Pagenaud will share the N°9 Peugeot 908 (red mirrors) with Sébastien Bourdais and Pedro Lamy whose only aim is to be first across the line on Sunday afternoon…
I simply can’twait for the action to begin!
“It’s Le Mans time once again as all eyes turn to the legendary French race. After an extensive testing programme aimed at optimising and fine-tuning the Peugeot 908’s performance package, it’s great to be back at Le Mans. We have all prepared very hard for this event, and the process began the very next day after the finish of last year’s race. Le Mans is one of the world’s biggest races and is watched by millions of television viewers around the globe. I simply can’t wait for the action to begin!”