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GP Week : Issue 50
>>LE MANS Sebastien Bourdais (FRA) / Franck Montagny (FRA) / Stephane Sarrazin (FRA) Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi-FAP. 1 2 3 LMS | 2009 24 HEURES DU MANS 9 Alex Wurz/Marc Gene/David Brabham 8 Stephane Sarrazin/Franck Montagny/Sebastien Bourdais 1 Alan McNish/Tom Kristensen/Dindo Capello 4 007 Tomas Enge/Stefan Mucke/Jan Charouz 5 11 Olivier Panis/Nicolas Lapierre/Sohail Ayari 6 7 Christian Klien/Pedro Lamy/Nicolas Minassian 7 14 Andre Lotterer/Charles Zwolsman 8 16 Christian Tinseau/Joao Barbosa/Bruce Joanny 9 15 Christian Albers/Christian Bakkerud/Giorgio Mondini 10 31 Caspar Elgaard/Kristian Poulsen/Emanuele Collard up position from sixth to second, was evidence of the kind of battle we might have seen for the lead between the top two Peugeots, but on such small issues can a 24 hour race be won and lost. Part of Audi’s challenge dissolved in the seventh hour when Lucas Luhr put his R15 into the barriers at the Porsche Curves, but by far the largest accident of the race befell Benoit Treluyer in the #17 Pescarolo Peugeot 908 in the 14th hour of the race, bringing out the Safety Car for 45 minutes and allowing the #8 Peugeot to close to within 90 seconds of the leading #9 car. With the Peugeots holding position and being ordered not to race, the 1-2 was decided, and as the fourth-placed 007 Aston Martin Lola decided against trying to eat into the three lap disadvantage it held behind the final podium placed Audi, the Peugeot 908 HDi Peugeot 908 HDi Audi R15 TDI Lola Aston Martin B09 Oreca 01-AIM Peugeot 908 HDi Audi R10 TDI Pescarolo 01-Judd Audi R10 TDI Porsche RS Spyder 381 laps Q5 -1 lap -7 laps -9 laps -12 laps 16 -13 laps 3 -13 laps 14 -14 laps 12 -22 laps 13 -25 laps 20 top positions were set. LMP2 was won by the Porsche RS Spider of Elgaard, Poulsen and Collard, while GT1 honours went to the Corvette C6R driven by Magnussen, Garcia and O’Connell in what will be its final outing at the race. GT2 honours went to Melon, Kaffer and Salo in the Ferrari F430 GT2. But the day belonged to Peugeot. After taking pole for the last two seasons, the French team had been left wanting in race conditions by the utter dominance and reliability of the Audis. But in 2009, Peugeot did everything right. The car was not only fast, it worked like relative clockwork and gave Peugeot a richly deserved victory. Audi will want revenge in 2010, but with the prospect of disgruntled F1 manufacturers also joining the mix, could 2009 be the starting point of a new era in Le Mans history? With new regulations to be formed for the coming years, the next chapter in the epic story of the 24 Heures du Mans could be its most fascinating yet. 31 1 2 8