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GP Week : Issue 14
SPECIAL EVENT >> MARC Gene was lucky to walk away from his testing crash – but keep an eye on the Spaniard in qualifying. Ferrari’s long-time test driver, pictured right, had a huge crash in the test, but it would not be unprecedented to see him not just recover in time for the race but to take pole in qualifying. In 1992, one of Peugeot’s 905s, above, was virtually written off in a pre-race crash that left Philippe Alliot quite sore and the team with much to do. But not only did the French ace get back on the horse (OK, lion, then) he planted the car firmly on pole positon. Whatever happens this time, this could be a qualifying session for the ages. Last year, the first time the 21 metre- shorter track was used (after Tetre Rouge was reprofiled) Stéphane Sarrazin rewarded Peugeot with pole after a 3m26.344s lap, but any ideas that he might have gone faster on the second day of qualifying were ruled out when it was wet. At the test day last week, Sarrazin went four seconds faster than that, a just over a second shy of Alliot’s 1992 time of 3m21.200 (243.329kmh). France expects nothing less than victory this year and pole position, and a new best mark are not a bad way to start. Will history repeat? THERE are a number of firsts at Le Mans this year but the biggest thing to happen could be a ‘second’. It is widely accepted that motor racing’s Triple Crown consists of victories in the World Drivers’ Championship, the Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans. Only one man has achieved that, Graham Hill taking Le Mans in 1972 to add to his 1962 and 1968 World titles and his Indy win in ’66. Jacques Villeneuve will never have a better chance to add his name to Hill’s. The 1997 World champion and 1995 Indy winner suits up alongside Marc Gene and Nicolas Minassian in the #7 Peugeot and, while few expect the Canadian to match the speed of his co-drivers, he is smart enough to know that history beckons. He also comes into the race with form, having won the recent Spa 1000km event. It is also noteworthy that a late driver change in the Saulnier Pescarolo team presents Cong Fu ‘Franky’ Cheng with the distinction of being the first Chinese driver in the race’s 77-year history. Or will history be made ... again? Pu ge ou t-s po rt Click here to watch the video of Marc Gene’s testing shunt 24