Allan McNish has said he expects Peugeot to bounce back from its disappointment at Le Mans as the Le Mans Series returns to action next weekend at the Nurburgring.
Despite extending the 100 per cent winning record of the 908 HDi through the opening three races of the Le Mans Series season, Peugeot came up short in the Le Mans 24 Hours as McNish, Dindo Capello and Tom Kristensen clinched an eighth Le Mans win for Audi.
After that disappointment, McNish said he expecting a strong challenge from Peugeot on what will be the debut on German soil for the Audi R10, with the Scot keen to secure his first win of the LMS campaign.
“I am sure Peugeot will be looking for revenge after a Scot, Dane and Italian in a German car went to France and took the coveted Le Mans winners' trophy that they craved back to Germany again,” he said. “Peugeot are unbeaten in the previous three Le Mans Series races although Audi have run them very close. Although Le Mans is the
big one to win for a driver and a manufacturer, I personally don't want to end the 2008 season with just one win under my belt.”
McNish has a good history at the Nurburging having finished first and second in the corresponding races in 2004 and '05 driving a petrol-engined Audi R8 before he moved over to America to help spearhead Audi's challenge on the ALMS.
“I have enjoyed some incredible races at the Nurburgring in the past with Audi,” he said. “Pierre Kaffer and I won in 2004 for Audi UK after a race long battle and then in 2005, we battled hard with Creation only to lose the win 15 minutes from the end to Zytek. This year I am looking forward to the incredible fight we're likely to have with Peugeot plus Aston Martin and the rest.
“The Nurburgring 1000km is always an interesting race. The original track was created back in 1920 and so has a lot of history, the race is always ultra-competitive while the ever changing weather often plays a large part in terms of the race outcome. It can be sunny and then rain five minutes later, back to sunshine and then rain again. It is also a very difficult place to predict the weather.”