Allan McNish believes Peugeot should be 'nervous' heading into the Petit Le Mans endurance race after Audi ran them close in qualifying at Road Atlanta.

Although the sportscar legends have added the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours win and the Le Mans Series to their glowing CV this season, Peugeot have generally had the edge on them in pace, if not reliability.

However, McNish was pleased to see Audi taking on their French counterparts in a straight fight in qualifying, the Scot having placed his R10 TDI at the top of the timesheets for some time before Peugeot's Stephane Sarrazin edged him in the closing stages.

As such, McNish thinks Peugeot have a right to be nervous heading into the race, even if much is likely to depend on strategy, as well as speed and reliability.

"The car was extremely good. We had a good balance and good grip from the tyres after one or two laps. I was able to push very hard and continue to improve. That says that we've got an extremely good race car.

"We are closer to Peugeot than we have ever been in the LMS Championship. This bodes well for tomorrow because we can always race faster than we can qualify. I think Peugeot will be very aware of that and very nervous right now."



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