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Peugeot admit: It’s only the race that counts

Peugeot Sport director Olivier Quesnel admitted he was pleased to see Stephane Sarrazin secure pole for the Le Mans 24 Hours, although he conceded that victory come the end of the race on Sunday is 'the only thing that counts'.

With the team having worked through a programme in qualifying aimed at collecting more information in the dry conditions, it didn't look like the focus would be on chasing a quick lap-time – despite Franck Montagny being right on the pace early on.

However, once the work had been carried out, Sarrazin was 'let off the leash' and duly stormed to pole shortly before midnight – putting Peugeot on pole for the third straight year.

"Given the all the work we still had to get through this evening, it was only after 11.30pm that I gave Stéphane the green light to go for a time,” Quesnel said. “I told him he had three laps to try, and he took five, but I have no intention of holding that against him!

"It's obviously nice to see four Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs in the top-five places tonight, but we mustn't forget that this was just qualifying. The only thing that counts for me is Sunday afternoon's result. Even so, I would like to say a big bravo to Stéphane and to all the drivers, as well as to everyone in the team."

Sarrazin himself was equally pleased with his run for pole, with the aim now being to try and break away at the front when the race gets underway on Saturday.

"It's a great result for all the team, but Franck, Sébastien and I worked first and foremost on the race set-up this evening,” he said. “It was only when we were fully satisfied on that front that we tried for a time at the end.

“Our objective now is to get away to a good start on Saturday afternoon and put in a good race."

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