Car No 1 takes the lead with Car No 2 just behind Six hours into the race the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No1 of Marc Gene, Anthony Davidson and Alexander Wurz leads ahead of the No2, driven by Nicolas Minassian, Franck Montagny and Stephane Sarrazin....
Car No 1 takes the lead with Car No 2 just behind
Six hours into the race the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No1 of Marc Gene, Anthony Davidson and Alexander Wurz leads ahead of the No2, driven by Nicolas Minassian, Franck Montagny and Stephane Sarrazin. The gap between the two Team Peugeot Total cars increases with the intervention of the safety car. The Peugeot of Team Oreca holds third place and is also maintaining a good pace.
Conditions : Sunny spells, dry at 21h00, 19 degrees.
Pit stops and changes:
908 HDi FAP No.1: Anthony Davidson (GBR) Marc Gene (ESP) Alexander Wurz (AUT) 18h13: refuelling (57"); 18h59: refuelling (58"); 19h43: refuelling and tyres (1'25); Alexander Wurz in the car, 20h27: refuelling (59'')
908 HDi FAP No.2: Nicolas Minassian (FRA) Franck Montagny (FRA) Stephane Sarrazin (FRA)18h06 : refuelling (57'') ; 18h52: refuelling (59"); 19h37: refuelling and tyres (1'25); Nicolas Minassian in the car; 20h24: refuelling (58'')
The Race: The lead swaps between the No 1 driven by Anthony Davidson and the No 2 piloted by Stephane Sarrazin to the rhythm of the refuelling stops which occur every 13 laps. The Englishman increases the lead to about 5 seconds. At 19h43, Alex Wurz takes over the Peugeot No 1. The two Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs have covered over 1000 kilometres in less than five hours of racing.
Alexander Wurz continues where his team mate left off and continues to pull out a few seconds on Nicolas Minassian, aboard car No 2. At 20h50, when the safety car comes out for the second time, the gap goes up from 20 seconds to 2 minutes 20 seconds.
Quotes: Anthony Davidson (Peugeot no.1): "This was my first triple relay with the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP at Le Mans, but I have already done triple relays with this car at the Sebring 12 Hours, so I am used to them. The battle with Stephane was interesting it is all down to the traffic. I felt comfortable in the car and for the moment everything is under control."
Stephane Sarrazin (Peugeot no.2): "Everything is going fine at the moment. The car is handling like it was in practice and currently Peugeot's rivals are a little way behind. You need to be careful and not get carried away. It is very close between car No 1 and us. The refuellings change the positions but we are running our own race and not worry about others."