Peugeot No 1 flat out to the flag The hours roll by but the pace does not diminish. The Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No 1 goes flat out to fight for victory all the way to the last lap of the 78th edition of the 24H du Mans. Third after 21 hours...
Peugeot No 1 flat out to the flag
The hours roll by but the pace does not diminish. The Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No 1 goes flat out to fight for victory all the way to the last lap of the 78th edition of the 24H du Mans. Third after 21 hours of racing, Anthony Davidson, Marc Gene and Alexander Wurz continue to pull back time and are increasingly menacing. Fifth, the Peugeot Oreca adopts the same race philosophy.
Conditions : Overcast, dry at 12h00, 17 degrees.
Pit stops and changes:
908 HDi FAP No.1: Anthony Davidson (GBR) Marc Gene (ESP) Alexander Wurz (AUT) 09h17: refuelling (1"02); 09h58: refuelling (55"); 10h36: refuelling and tyres (1"26) Alexander Wurz in the car; 11h02: refuelling and tyres (1"11); 11h43: refuelling (56").
The Race: Climbing aboard the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No 1 at 7h45, Anthony Davidson doesn't get out again until 10h37, after 4 relays, run with just one set of Michelin tyres. Alexander Wurz takes over at with a little more six hours from the chequered flag. The Austrian continues to run at the same fast pace as the Englishman, regularly taking off five seconds from Audi.
At 11h34, Audi No 8 runs straight on at Arnage at the same time as Alexander Wurz posts the fastest lap in the race of 3'19''241. Up in the Audi's slipstream, the Peugeot driver takes the second place at 11h42, on the 341st lap, just before coming into the pits for refuelling at 11h43. The end of the race looks increasingly open.
Anthony Davidson (Peugeot No 1): " I drove four relays during the night on soft compound tyres, then a quadruple relay with a single set of tyres this morning. For that I drove a 200%, each lap was like a qualifying lap. I really gave it all I had. And I had a bit of a moment with an LMGT2, but in the Virgages Porsche there is a big difference in speed between us. So as not to lose time you sometimes need to be a little forceful and I understand that take drivers by surprise. Our stratergy is to push as hard as we can until the chequered flag spin or win we want to win. "