PEUGEOT STAY ON TOP AT LE MANS

Peugeot+Picture+gallery+%281%29 PEUGEOT STAY ON TOP AT LE MANSPeugeot continued their domination of the timing sheets with a lock out of positions one to four for the starting grid at Le Mans.The Wednesday time of local hero Sebastien Bourdais was quick enough to keep pole position from team mate Alexander Wurz who was the quickest of the drivers in the second 908.

Third place will see the combination of Frank Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and long time In Pit Lane favourite Nicolas Minassian start alongside the semi-works ORECA Peugeot of Panis, Lapierre and Duval.

Audi closed the gap slightly to the French marque but will have to rely on reliability and their famous strategy to have any chance of regaining the Le Man crown.

The Audi number two car of Timo Bernhard, Romaine Dumas and Mike Rockenfeller were the quickest Audi in fifth place ahead of the more experienced team of Tom Kristensen, Alan McNish and Dindo Capello.

Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich said “At Le Mans, speed isn’t the only thing that counts. It’s important to have vehicles with good drivability and, above all, efficiency as well. This is what we’ve been concentrating on.”

As expected Aston Martin were the fastest of the petrol engined cars, with Adrian Fernandez setting the fastest time of his team to start in eighth place.

The P2 shootout between the two HPD cars of Strakka Racing and Highcroft saw the pole go to the European outfit.

The team of Watts, Kane and Leventis outpaced the high profile US based team led by Australia’s David Brabham.

Aston Martin won a tight GT1 battle with the “Young Drivers” team of  Enge/Nygaard/Kox just edging out the Ford GT of Leinders/Palttala/de Doncker. Less than one second covered the first three in GT1 which will run as a stand lone class for the last time here at Le Mans.

The tightest battle looks like again being GT2.

Ferrari set the quickest time with the Risi team of Bruni, Melo and Kaffer, but the works Corvettes have narrowed the gap with the Gavin/Beretta/Collard car and O’Connell/Magnussen/Garcia now within a second of the Ferrari.

Australian based Danish driver Alan Simonsen will start the race in 45th position.

The 2010 Le Mans 24 hour starts this Saturday night Australian Eastern time with live coverage on ONE HD and Eurosport.

Radio Le Mans will again provide the complete flag to flag coverage and Speed TV will have live streaming on their website but it will probably be geo-restricted to the USA only.

Audi.tv will stream live coverage from the Audi garage as well and live timing is avaialable on the ACO’s own website.

Get ready people it’s going to be one hell of a weekend,

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