Both Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs see the sun come up... As dawn breaks at Le Mans, Peugeot Sport's management is delighted to report that its two Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs are still running strongly and reliably in the top-five. The N7...
Both Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs see the sun come up...
As dawn breaks at Le Mans, Peugeot Sport's management is delighted to report that its two Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs are still running strongly and reliably in the top-five. The N7 car now with Nicolas Minassian back behind the wheel after night-time stints from Pedro Lamy and Jacques Villeneuve is still 3rd, while Stephane Sarrazin (N8, 5th) pushed hard throughout his run in his bid to close the gap on the N16 car which is 4th. The Frenchman posted the car's first times under the 3m 30s mark before handing over to Sebastien Bourdais .
At 4.34 (Lap 203) Sarrazin sets a 3m 29.645, the team's first underneath 3½ minutes, followed immediately by a 3m 29.937s, before pitting for the second stop of his three-stint strategy.
Bruno FAMIN (Technical Director, Peugeot Sport): "We've made it through the night, and with both cars still running! With the exception of the problems encountered during the early part of the evening, we've really had nothing much to report apart from routine work like clearing the radiators and changing the grille on the side air-intakes. In any case, there is no point in pushing too hard; we want to reach the finish. We have also seen that we need to fine-tune our operation, on all fronts."
Pedro LAMY (N8 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP): "I don't feel too tired after my night stint, and the car feels good too. There's a little problem with the set-up but it's difficult to put my finger on what we need to do exactly because I didn't really get in a good clear lap. But it's all basically going well."
Jacques VILLENEUVE (N7 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP): "Compared with my earlier stint when I suffered from the sun in my eyes, it was really fun driving at night. The traffic was easier to cope with and it was nice running for 2½ hours. I felt I could begin to push harder."
Stephane SARRAZIN (N8 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP): "My stint went well and I pushed very hard from start to finish despite the presence of some pretty tired-looking drivers out there on the track... Tout va bien!"