THE BIG DAY IS HERE!
The world's greatest endurance race -- the Le Mans 24 Hours --gets underway this week. Simon Pagenaud's personal record on the legendary event includes two previous starts. Unfortunately, on both occasions (in 2008, and again in 2009 when he seemed to be on target for a podium finish), one of his teammates was forced to retire. This time round, the Frenchman will be driving for last year's winners Peugeot Sport against the formidable factory Audi team. He is sharing the No.3 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP with his compatriot and friend Sebastien Bourdais and with Portugal's Pedro Lamy.
The same threesome recently won the 1,000km de Spa-Francorchamps, which the teams use as a full-scale dress rehearsal ahead of Le Mans, and they will be targeting similar success this weekend. To do that, Simon Pagenaud and his team-mates will need to ward off some fiercely competitive rivals around the uniquely challenging 13.629km circuit. Simon is currently on a sequence of top results and has claimed three wins from four outings so far this season: the ALMS rounds at Long Beach and Laguna Seca, plus the 1,000km de Spa LMS race in Belgium. So, fingers crossed for Le Mans!
"Le Mans week has started! This is the race that all the teams prepare, test and practice for all year long, and the 2010 clash promises to be exceptionally close! The three Peugeot crews are all in tip-top form, while Audi has put in a great deal of hard work too! The Audi R15+ is clearly very competitive, and the German team's drivers are always very strong. I love every second of the week-long build-up. Le Mans is such an amazing occasion! Along with my team-mates Sebastien Bourdais and Pedro Lamy, I feel 100 per cent ready and we can't wait for the action to begin! I am convinced this year's race is going to be a classic."
-source: simon pagenaud