Peugeot got back to winning ways in the latest round of the Le Mans Series as Pedro Lamy and Stéphane Sarrazin swept to their second win of the season in the Nurburgring 1000kms.
A crucial weekend for the French team after being beaten to victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours by arch-rivals Audi back in June, the manufacturer looked nothing more than superior as they claimed the front row and went on to dominate to the chequered flag.
Lamy and Sarrazin still had to battle for victory though as Peugeot decided to allow no team orders between the Potuguese-French duo and their team-mates Marc Gene and Nicolas Minassian.
Nonetheless, when Gene and Minassian got caught up behind the Charouz Lola Aston Martin midway through the race, Lamy and Sarrazin were able to cruise home a comfortable 30secs up on their rivals.
"I am proud of our performance for Peugeot today,” former F1 driver Lamy said. “It was very important to get both cars to the finish with a view to scoring championship points. And after June's Le Mans 24 Hours, it was also important for Stéphane and me to get back onto the podium. There's nothing like winning! I am really delighted with this result because there were no team orders, which goes to show what a sporting team Peugeot is."
"It's a fantastic result for us and for the whole team,” Sarrazin added. “Our car was perfectly balanced and the mechanics did a terrific job which enabled us to claim our second win of year following our victory at Monza. We had a good fight with the N°7 car and there was never much in it, so nobody could afford to make a mistake."
It wasn't all delight for Lamy and Sarrazin though as they are now no longer in a position to challenge for the drivers' title. Instead, Minassian and Gene will go for victory in the final round of the season at Silverstone having pulled out a slender two point gap over Audi's Mike Rockenfeller and Alex Premat.
"Today's result is very positive for us in terms of the Drivers championship,” Minassian said. “It was nice to start from pole-position and we also posted the fastest race lap. The title decision will now go down to the wire at Silverstone, which is a circuit I love."