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Peugeot go for broke - and Audi break them

13 June 2010

Peugeot's defence of the Le Mans 24 Hours is over and Audi is set for victory after the demise of the final two 908 HDis in the race.

After the #2 and #3 factory cars retired earlier in the race, the #1 car was left to lead the Peugeot challenge into the final stages but faced a battle to try and fight the Audis after losing time with an alternator issue during the night.

Despite that, Anthony Davidson and Alex Wurz had lapped strongly to close in on the top two before Wurz's engine let go at Indianapolis, with the car being retired when he returned to the pits.

That left the Oreca-run car to try and challenge for a place on the podium having earlier been delayed by driveshaft issues but astonishingly, the engine on the #4 then let go in similar fashion as Loic Duval headed towards Arnage.

It means none of the Peugeots will now see the finish as the French manufacturer sees its grasp on the Le Mans crown end with a whimper.

The three Audis now lead the way comfortably from the first Aston Martin Racing car. The R15 had lacked the outright pace to fight the 908, but crucially had the better reliability.


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