Leading Peugeot out - Peugeot No1 still in 3rd At 7h02 flames start to shoot out of the rear right hand side of the leading car, the Peugeot 908 being driven, at that moment, by Frank Montagny. Car No 2's race is over. With the retirement of car...
Leading Peugeot out - Peugeot No1 still in 3rd
At 7h02 flames start to shoot out of the rear right hand side of the leading car, the Peugeot 908 being driven, at that moment, by Frank Montagny. Car No 2's race is over. With the retirement of car No3, also in the lead at the moment it was forced to pull out, car No 1 remains the sole surviving Team Peugeot Total entry.
Conditions : Clear sky, dry at 09h00, 13 degrees.
Pit stops and changes:
908 HDi FAP N°1: Anthony Davidson (GBR) Marc Gené (ESP) Alexander Wurz (AUT) 06h22: refuelling (57"); 07h04: refuelling (58"); 07h45: refuelling and tyres (1'34) Anthony Davidson in the car; 8h27: refuelling and bodywork (1'03)
908 HDi FAP N°2: Nicolas Minassian (FRA) Franck Montagny (FRA) Stéphane Sarrazin (FRA) 06h17: refuelling and tyres (1'24); Franck Montagny in the car; 7h00: refuelling (57"); 7h02: car stopped; 7h22: retirement.
The Race: Film de la course : The night is just a vague memory when Franck Montagny (No 2) and Marc Gené (No 1) take over from Stéphane Sarrazin and Alexander Wurz. Franck Montagny comes into the pits at 7h00 to take on fuel. At 7h02 he stops at the side of the track, at Hunaudières, flames coming out of the rear right of the car. Leader sinces 22h33, car No 2 retires with engine problems. Third, car No 1 nevertheless maintains the pressure on the two leading Audis. At 7h47, Anthony Davidson takes over the wheel and to underline his determination, at 8h12, posts the fastest lap of the race of 3'19''527. Shortly after he pulls back into the same lap as the second placed Audi before refuelling at 8h27. At 8h30 the safety car comes out for the fourth time since the start and stays on track until 8h38.
Nicolas Minassian (Peugeot No 2): "Its very hard. I am very sad for the whole team. I have never seen anything like it. But we still have one car left and we have to keep fighting all the way to the end After the race we must analysis what has happened, take the positive, work harder still and come back stronger to win again."
Franck Montagny (Peugeot No 2): "It is something that has never happened before. We have never had such a problem with the 908. That's life. I am not angry, just very disappointed."
Olivier Quesnel (Peugeot Sport Director): "It is a hard race and this one is apparently not for us. We still however have one car in the race that is going hard and it isn't finished yet. And while it isn't finished there is still hope. They are problems we have never had before."