Peugeot cars No 2 and 1 first and second, car No 3 forced to retire. Three hours into the race the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No2 (Minassian/Montagny/Sarrazin) leads car No1 (Davidson/Gene/Wurz) while car No3 of Bourdais, Lamy and Pagenaud has retired...
Peugeot cars No 2 and 1 first and second, car No 3 forced to retire.
Three hours into the race the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No2 (Minassian/Montagny/Sarrazin) leads car No1 (Davidson/Gene/Wurz) while car No3 of Bourdais, Lamy and Pagenaud has retired following a broken front right suspension fix point which damaged the carbon fibre monocoque. In third place now is the Peugot 908 of Team Oreca.
Conditions : Overcast, track dry, 21o.C at 15h00 22C at 18h00
Positions at 18h00 :
1. Minassian/Montagny/Sarrazin, Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No.2, 48 T (653 km)
2. Davidson/Gene/Wurz Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No.1, +5"979
3. Panis/Duval/Lapierre, Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No 4, +17"790
4. Capello, Kristensen, McNish, Audi TDi R15 No 7, +1 `50"029
5. Dumas/Rockenfeller/Bernhard, Audi TDi R15 No9, +1'51".530
Pit stops and changes:
908 HDi FAP No.1 : Anthony Davidson (GBR) Marc Gene (ESP) Alexander Wurz (AUT) 15h00: Marc Gene in the car ; 16h03 : refuelling (58'') ; 16h45 : refuelling (56') ; 17h27 : refuelling, tyres, Davidson in the car.
908 HDi FAP No.2 : Nicolas Minassian (FRA) Franck Montagny (FRA) Stephane Sarrazin (FRA)15h00 : Franck Montagny in the car; 16h00 : refuelling (55'') ; 16h42: refuelling (56"); 17h24: refuelling, tyres, Sarrazin in the car (1'25).
908 HDi FAP No.3 : Sebastien Bourdais (FRA) - Pedro Lamy (POR) Simon Pagenaud (FRA) 15h00 : Pedro Lamy starts from pole; 16h03: refuelling (57'') ; 16h45: refuelling (55"), 17h28: into pits and retirement. Front right suspension broken.
Franck Montagny overtakes Marc Gene on lap 3 to move up to second place just before the safety car comes out following Nigel Mansell's crash. The safety car `lottery' works well for Peugeot and they gain time when the safety car comes off 30 minutes later. At 16h00 Franck Montagny is first Team Peugeot Total car in, followed a lap later by Pedro Lamy and Marc Gene. The cars remain on the same lap and in that order until just before the first driver change. As Montagny arrives in the pits it becomes clear Pedro Lamy has a problem with car. He makes it to the stands but car No 3's retirement is announced shortly afterwards with damage to the monocoque caused by a broken front right suspension fixation.
Quotes: Pedro Lamy (Peugeot no.3): "I felt a vibration and then suddenly the suspension broke. I didn't realise until I got back to the pits that the car was out, you always hope. Now I am just very sad." Olivier Quesnel (Director Peugeot Sport): "The front right suspension fixation point broke and the monocoque is damaged. Obviously once integrity of the monocoque is compromised the car can no longer continue. Le Mans always has it lot of surprises, we will almost certainly have others, but hopefully not as bad as this one." Franck Montagny (Peugeot no.3): "The start is always complicated. You must take it easy because you have a long way to go, but at the same time it is a race. I felt good in the car and as I was going a little faster I moved to up to the lead. I am satisfied with my session."