October 4th, 2008

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Petit Le Mans

Feast your eyes upon this shiny piece of information.

Peugeot on Pole in Atlanta with NEW QUALIFYING RECORD!!

It's a time of 1:06.242.  McNish's Audi which was just really hooked up yesterday got a 1:06.327, but it took Sarrazin several more laps before he managed to tip it.  Full qualifying times here.

That means that the full starting grid looks like this:

Peugeot start on pole in their 07 numbered car with Minassian at the wheel.  Sarrazin and Klien will take over (probably in that order) later in the race.

I was going to post this last night after qualifying, but my timing screen bodged completely - clearly it didn't want to accept that Peugeot had just beaten the record - and that coupled with confusing commentary which was about 30 seconds behind.. well...  Let's just say I wanted to be completely sure that what I thought I'd heard the commentators saying, was correct.

For those who don't know, Petit Le Mans or American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is a series of races that are 1000miles or a maximum of 10hours long.  Road Atlanta, Georgia (USA) is the 10th round of this series (I think).  Not entirely sure how it all works, because I think they just tour America... but they had a round at Silverstone (UK) where there were two Peugeots but both cars suffered damage there, which is why only one is in this race.
bridesmaid reception

Petit Le Mans

SO. I am now erm, 6hours into the race, and I have been flailing and nailbiting all at once. Nic did the frst stint but only of 30mins, changing when there was a safety car. Stephane took over and did a long stint, getting Peugeot up and leading the race for most of his time. Then Christian took over and he was leading for most of his fairly long stint in the car. It was great to hear the commentators showing him some love! They were really impressed with him :D
Unfortunately now Nic is back in the car. He's not bad, but he's a little more wary after his accident at Silverstone, and he's not pushing as hard as the others were, so currently Peugeot are back in 2nd. Both deltachild and myself are hoping that (although it sounds mean) they make Nic's stint short and put Stephane or Christian back in. If they went back in, then Peugeot would have a fairly good chance of winning this. One can only hope that they have enough time at the end to do that. The guys could really deserve some recognition for all their work (and I'd really love to see Christian at the top of the podium. It was great to see him on the podium at his first Le Mans, but the top would be better).