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Peugeot's defence of the Le Mans title ends with a whimper as its final two cars go out
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.


Tagged as: Oreca , Le Mans 24 Hours , Audi , Peugeot

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racer - Unregistered

June 13, 2010 9:04 PM

See, the thing is, it is not meaningless for road cars, at least in what Audi is concerned. The FSI technology employed nowadays in Audi's petrol engines was refined and tested extensively on their Le Mans effort (R8, Bentley Speed 8) before being introduced to the road going cars. I'm sure there are bits and bobs that have trickled down from the R10, R15 and R15+ to the TDI engines currently being fitted to Audis, VWs, etc. Prototype racing, and endurance racing in particular, is much more useful to the automotive industry in general than any other form of motorsport, dare I say it. These cars are truly testbeds for the technology that will show up on dealerships in the next few years.

racer - Unregistered

June 13, 2010 1:34 PM

Pug hasn't learn much from the past few years at Le Mans. They still don't seem to realize it's an endurance race, not a sprint race. Sure, it's impressive to be 15km/h faster than the Audis, but what's the use? Last year notwithstanding, all the Pugs have broken down in one way or another. And Pugs budget is what, two or three times Audi's?



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