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Monza 2008: Peugeot takes contentious win.

Pedro Lamy and Stephane Sarrazin have taken victory in the second round of the Le Mans Series at Monza but only after a late race incident between Lamy and Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller.

Despite being forced to start the race from the pitlane after a mechanical issue en-route to the grid, the #2 R10 TDi Rockenfeller shares with Alex Premat had come into contention for victory thanks to clever strategy in the pits from the team which nullified the pace deficit the team had encountered in qualifying.

Indeed the strategy was good enough to see Rockenfeller leading the race when a monster accident for Stephane Ortelli in the closing stages led to a caution period, with Lamy hunting him down in the Peugeot.

The Portuguese driver made the mistake of lapping a car under yellow flags but while the teams waited for news on whether he was to receive a penalty, Lamy made a move for the lead at the opening chicane only to make contact with Rockenfeller's Audi.

The contact caused a puncture on the R10 and left Rockenfeller to limp back to the pits, in which time Lamy was able to circulate and take his drive-through penalty before going on to secure victory by more than 40 seconds. Having made it back to pitlane to change his tyre, Rockenfeller rejoined to finish in second for the second successive race.

The battle for third place in the race was an equally fraught affair, with the fight for the final podium position also being the one to see who could secure bragging rights amongst the petrol-powered brigade.

Having been moved over to the team's second car after Jamie Campbell-Walter's qualifying accident, Stuart Hall looked to set to give the Creation AIM team a fine third place finish although the young Brit found himself under pressure from the Pescarolo of Christophe Tinseau in the closing laps.

On the final lap, Tinseau made his move going into the opening chicane and despite Hall's best efforts to fight back, the Pescaralo man clinched the position to leave Hall settling for fourth.

As had been the case in Barcelona, there were problems for the other two diesel powered LMP1 machines which would eventually finish the race in fifth and sixth positions.



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Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid
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Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid
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Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid
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Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid
A. WURZ / S. SARRAZIN / K. NAKAJIMA
Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid
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Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid
A. WURZ / S. SARRAZIN / K. NAKAJIMA
Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid
A. WURZ / S. SARRAZIN / K. NAKAJIMA
Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid
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