At mid-distance, both Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs still going strong As the race reaches its halfway point, the two Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs continue to figure in the top-five and are setting good lap-times. The car NÂ°7 still has a firm...
At mid-distance, both Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs still going strong
As the race reaches its halfway point, the two Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs continue to figure in the top-five and are setting good lap-times. The car N°7 still has a firm footing on the provisional podium and running at the same rhythm as the two cars ahead if it (N°s 2 & 1) as Jacques Villeneuve takes over from Marc Gene. The N°8 Peugeot (5th) is keeping the pressure on the car immediately ahead of it on the leaderboard (N°16) and the target is obviously to take 4th spot.
Routine pit-stops for both cars during this early morning period as the cars lap at an average speed of around 220/230kph. However, the team takes time to clear the radiators of rubber and grass after their respective water temperatures are seen to climb (stops at 01.52 and 02.23 for N°7 and N°8 cars, their 15th and 16th of the race respectively). Gene posts a 3m 31.160s during his final complete night-time lap before pitting to hand over to Jacques Villeneuve at 02.39, just 20 minutes before the halfway mark.
Marc GENE (N°7 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP): "I didn't feel very comfortable in the car for my first night-time stint but then I began to feel better and I was able to post some good times towards the end. It's obviously more difficult at night than in daylight, but the job has to be done and you soon get accustomed to it. It was a bit like my first run earlier on when I had to cope with the conditions and the safety car. That was a learning curve for me, too. Anything can still happen and the car actually seems to be performing better now than it did at the very start of the race."
Frédéric SAINT-GEOURS (Executive Vice President, Automobiles Peugeot): "The second half of the race has just begun and both our cars are still in the running. That's very important for us to keep on learning. Every minute we spend on the track brings us more experience and information. The car and the team need to improve, but that was always the objective of the 2007 race."