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Peugeot gives test to British Spider winner

Britain's Simon Moulton became the latest person to test Peugeot's 908 HDi FAP Le Mans challenger after taking up his prize for winning the 2008 THP Spider Cup.

A one-make championship, run by Peugeot, that supports the Le Mans Series, Moulton won last year's title with two wins and consistent performances elsewhere.

His prize saw him join the Peugeot team during testing in Barcelona, where he was given the chance to drive the diesel-fuelled LMP1 machine for a total of 50 laps. He would go on to set a best lap around five seconds off the team's regular drivers.

A substantial step for Moulton, the 36-year-old was delighted with the opportunity to sample one of the world's most successful sportscars.

"The step up from the Spider to the 908 was more like a giant leap! To begin with, I was surprised by its power, but after a few laps it was its braking potential that really impressed me. My neck began to hurt after a few laps, so the technical staff added 'wings' to my seat to prevent my head from moving about.

“If only because of all the onboard electronics, the 908 is actually quite easy car to drive, but pushing it to its limits is another thing altogether! It was physically difficult and, to be honest, I don't think I would be capable of racking up stint after stint at Le Mans! I had a fabulous day, though.

“The team's regular drivers, especially Nicolas Minassian, and everyone at Peugeot Sport did all they could to make me feel at home and enable me to profit fully from was quite simply an amazing experience."

Team manager Serge Saulnier was also pleased with Moulton's outing having given him an additional ten laps on track to trial the team's new air conditioning system.

"Simon approached the day with great humility. At the same time, he was very attentive and extremely focused, and that immediately put us at ease. He put in a good drive inasmuch as he didn't make any mistakes and did exactly what was asked of him.

“He took his time to familiarise himself with the 908 HDi FAP before gradually upping his pace, step by step. Seeing that, we decided to give him a few more laps than the originally scheduled number, and that gave us a chance to vvalidate something we were trying on the car."


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