Le Mans: Qualifying 1

First qualifying for Le Mans 24 Hours took place last night (thanks to Andrea in the comments for the heads up). Our Peugeot boys were on top form, taking the top three spots, with main rival Audi taking the next three:

Pos

Class

Drivers

Team

Car

Time

Gap

1.

LMP1

Lamy
Sarrazin
Wurz

Team Peugeot Total

Peugeot 908

3:18.513

2.

LMP1

Montagny
Zonta
Klien

Peugeot Sport Total

Peugeot 908

3:18.682

0.169

3.

LMP1

Gene
Minassian
Villeneuve

Team Peugeot Total

Peugeot 908

3:20.451

1.938

4.

LMP1

Capello
Mcnish
Kristensen

Audi Sport North America

Audi R10

3:24.105

5.592

5.

LMP1

Luhr
Premat
Rockenfeller

Audi Sport Team Joest

Audi R10

3:24.287

5.774

6.

LMP1

Biela
Pirro
Werner

Audi Sport North America

Audi R10

3:27.580

9.067

7.

LMP1

Boullion
Collard
Dumas

Pescarolo Sport

Pescarolo Judd

3:28.533

10.020

8.

LMP1

Ito
Tachikawa
Kataoka

Dome Racing Team

Dome Judd S102

3:29.352

10.839

9.

LMP1

Groppi
Ayari
Duval

Team Oreca Matmut

Courage-Oreca Judd

3:30.490

11.977

10.

LMP1

Primat
Tinseau
Treluyer

Pescarolo Sport

Pescarolo Judd

3:30.618

12.105

Stephane Sarrazin set a serious benchmark, posting the fastest time that anybody has been around the Le Mans track since 1989!

But of course, we are interesting in Franck, in second:

My Peugeot 908 HDi FAP is just fantastic, and so easy to drive. I hit traffic during my first flying lap on fresh tyres and I asked the team to find me a clearer slot before going out again. Even then, my run wasn’t totally free of traffic – Le Mans rarely is – but it came together nicely.”

Marc Gene also deserves a mention, for getting back in the car, let alone doing such a great job in third, after the major crash last week.

The next qualifying is tonight, and the race is this weekend.

One thought on “Le Mans: Qualifying 1

  1. Zonta crashed with the car… He’s ok, but the car is badly damaged. Let’s hope the Peugeot guys can fix it on time.
    It’s a shame, because the car looked great, but now they’ll only have Saturday’s warm up to find the perfect set up… 😦

    Well… The race is long. Let’s hope the best. I would have loved to see Franck taking the chequered flag in 1st place on Sunday, but now we need a wonder…

    Fingers crossed…

    Andrea

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