Le Mans: Peugeot Sweep Front Row as Qualifying Delivers Lightning Pace + Grid

The #8 Peugeot won the intra-team battle for pole

Peugeot have taken this years qualifying by storm and when the chequered flag fell they occupied a very impressive 1st, 2nd and 3rd in LM P1. The Audis did begin to speed up towards the end of the session but pole is safe for the #8 Team Peugeot Total, Peugeot 908 HDI FAP driven by Lamy, Sarrazin and Wurz.

They never came under any threat all the way through two days of qualifying; however it is interesting to see that at one point when both Audi and Peugeot were running in ‘race trim’ they were both putting in steady 3:26/27 laps. So maybe they are in fact rather more evenly matched than it looks on the time sheets. Whatever the times might say there is no doubt that both teams have carefully worked out their race strategy, almost regardless of these qualifying performances.

However Peugeot are facing some problems rebuilding the #9 Peugeot Sport Total, Peugeot 908 HDI FAP that crashed heavily. The team will now be under pressure to ship more spare parts down to Le Mans to virtually rebuild the car. After #7 Team Peugeot Total, Peugeot 908 HDI FAP was written off during testing the team are facing a tense build up to the race despite their tremendous outright speed advantage. The fastest petrol powered car was the #10 Charouz Racing System, Lola Aston Martin which was eventually 6th overall ahead of the #1 Audi Sport North America, Audi R10 driven by Biela, Pirro and Werner

The Van Merksteijn Motorsport Porsche has taken P2 pole

In LMP2 the Porsche Spyders have been swapping times all the way through qualifying. It has been an impressive show and they are placed 14th and 16th overall. Next up in 19th place is the #32 Barazi Epsilon, Zytek 07S driven by Barazi, Vergers and Moseley. They are almost two seconds behind the two Porsches.

In LMGT1 The quickest car is the #63 Corvette Racing, Corvette C6.R of O'Connell, Magnussen and Fellows which has been at the top of the sheets most of the day. The surprise is seeing the #50 Larbre Competition, Saleen S7R of Bouchut, Bornhauser and Smet lying second ahead of the powerful line up in the #64 Corvette Racing, Corvette C6.R of Beretta Gavin and Papis. After a slow start the #009 Aston Martin Racing, Aston Martin DBR9 of Brabham,Garcia and Turner has moved into a more encouraging 4th in class. So there is a very interesting mix of cars in LMGT1 and they all seem pretty evenly matched.

In LMGT2 The Porsches have shown their strength and finally dominated the Ferraris with the #76 Imsa Performance Matmut, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on pole driven by Narac, Longa and Lietz. Second in class was the #77 Team Felbermayr-Proton, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driven by Davison, Henzler and Felbermayr sen. Third was the #96 Virgo Motorsport, Ferrari F430 GT driven by Bell,Sugden and Mullen. This was a bit of a surprise since the Ferraris were expected to be quicker than the Porsches.

Despite their amazing finishing record, this is the first class pole for Corvette at Le Mans

So all the cars have qualified with the possible exception of the #22 Tokai University - YGK Power, Courage-Oreca Ygk Suzuki Kageyama Kurosawa which may be struggling, they are 35 seconds slower than pole and that might not have been quick enough to qualify.

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1 LM P1 P.Lamy, S.Sarrazin, A.Wurz Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 3:18.513
2 LM P1 F.Montagny, R.Zonta, C.Klein Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908 03:18.7
3 LM P1 M.Gene, N.Minassian, J.Villeneuve Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 03:20.5
4 LM P1 R.Capello, A.McNish, T.Kristensen Audi Sport North America Audi R10 03:23.8
5 LM P1 L.Luhr, A.Premat, M.Rockenfeller Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R10 03:24.3
6 LM P1 S.Mucke, J.Charouz, T.Enge Charouz Racing System Lola B08-60 Aston Martin 03:25.2
7 LM P1 F.Biela, E.Pirro, M.Werner Audi Sport North America Audi R10 03:25.3
8 LM P1 D.Ito, Y.Tachikawa, T.Kataoka Dome Racing Team Dome S102 Judd 03:26.9
9 LM P1 J.C.Boullion, E.Collard, R.Dumas Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo Judd 03:28.5
10 LM P1 S.Ayari, L.Duval, L.Groppi Team Oreca Matmut Courage-Oreca LC70 Judd 03:30.5
11 LM P1 H.Primat, C.Tinseau, B.Treluyer Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo Judd 03:30.6
12 LM P1 G.Pickett, K.Graf, J.Lammers Charouz Racing System Lola Judd 03:31.1
13 LM P1 S.Pagenaud, O.Panis, M.Fassler Team Oreca Matmut Courage-Oreca LC70 Judd 03:31.2
14 LM P2 P.van Merksteijn, J.Verstappen, J.Bleeke Van Merksteijn Motorsport Porsche RS Spyder 03:32.3
15 LM P1 J.-M.Gounon, S.Nakano, S.Johansson Epsilon Euskadi Epsilon Euskadi EE01 Judd 03:32.9
16 LM P2 J.Nielsen, C.Elgaard, S.Maassen Team Essex Porsche RS Spyder 03:33.4
17 LM P1 A.Burgueno, M.A.De Castro, A.Valles Epsilon Euskadi Epsilon Euskadi EE01 Judd 03:34.3
18 LM P1 V.Ickx, S.Gregoire, J.Barbosa Rollcentre Racing Pescarolo Judd 03:35.0
19 LM P2 J.Barazi, M.Vergers, S.Moseley Barazi Epsilon Zytek 07S/2 03:35.3
20 LM P2 X.Pompidou, A.Belicchi, S.Zacchia SpeedY Racing Team Sebah Lola B08-80Judd 03:35.4
21 LM P1 S.Hall, J.Mowlem, M.Goossens Creation Autosportif Creation CA07 AIM 03:36.0
22 LM P1 Y.Terada, K.Takahashi, H.Katoh Terramos Courage Mugen 03:37.6
23 LM P1 G.Evans, B.Berridge, A.Stretton Chamberlain-Synergy Motorspr Lola B06-10 AER 03:38.0
24 LM P2 W.Hughes, J.Kane, J.Foster Embassy Racing Embassy WF01 Zytek 03:39.9
25 LM P2 T.Erdos, M.Newton, A.Wallace RML Lola B05-40 MG 03:40.0
26 LM P2 M.Amaral, O.Pla, G.Smith Quifel-ASM Team Lola B05-40 AER 03:41.2
27 LM P1 M.Faggionato, J.Nicolet, R.Hein Saulnier Racing Pescarolo Judd 03:42.2
28 LM P2 P.Ragues, M.Lahaye, C.Cheng Saulnier Racing Pescarolo Judd 03:42.5
29 LM P2 K.Ojjeh, C.Y.Gosselin, A.Sharpe Trading Performance Zytek 07S/2 03:43.1
30 LM P2 B.Devlin, M.Rostan, G.Jeannette Team Bruichladdich Radical Radical SR9 AER 03:46.6
31 LM GT1 J.O'Connell, J.Magnussen, R.Fellows Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R 03:47.7
32 LM P1 M.Lewis, B.Willman, C.McMurry Autocon Creation CA07 Judd 03:47.7
33 LM GT1 C.Bouchut, P.Bornhauser, D.Hallyday Larbre Competition Saleen S7R 03:47.8
34 LM P2 J.de Pourtales, H.Noda, A.Simonsen Kruse Schiller Motorsport Lola B05-40 Mazda 03:47.8
35 LM GT1 O.Beretta, O.Gavin, M.Papis Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R 03:48.5
36 LM GT1 D.Brabham, D.Turner, A.Garcia Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 03:49.0
37 LM GT1 H.-H.Frentzen, A.Piccini, K.Wendlinger Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 03:49.1
38 LM GT1 P.Kox, R.Rusinov, M.Hezemans Interprogressbank Spartak Lamborghini Murcielago 03:52.2
39 LM GT1 L.Alphand, J.Policand, G.Moreau Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R 03:53.0
40 LM GT1 J.Menten, C.Fittipaldi, T.Borcheller Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 03:53.0
41 LM P1 T.Suzuki, M.Kageyama, H.Kurosawa Tokai University-YGK Power Courage-Oreca YGK 03:53.1
42 LM GT1 A.Negrao, P.Hardman, N.Leventis Vitaphone Racing Team Aston Martin DBR9 03:53.5
43 LM GT1 P.Goueslard, J.Blanchemain, L.Pasquali Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R 03:55.7
44 LM GT2 R.Narac, R.Lietz, P.Long Imsa Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 03:58.2
45 LM GT2 A.Davison, W.Henzler, H.Felbermayr Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 03:59.1
46 LM GT2 T.Mullen, R.Bell, T.Sugden Virgo Motorsport Ferrari F430 GTC 03:59.8
47 LM GT2 J.Bergmeister, J.van Overbeek, S.Neiman Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 04:00.1
48 LM GT2 L.-E.Nielsen, P.Ehret, P.Kaffer Farnbacher Racing Ferrari F430 GTC 04:01.5
49 LM GT2 M.Salo, J.Melo, G.Bruni Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GTC 04:01.6
50 LM GT2 F.Babini, P.Ruberti, M.Malucelli BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari F430 GTC 04:02.1
51 LM GT2 B.Aucott, S.Dauodi, A.Ferte JMB Racing Ferrari F430 GTC 04:03.3
52 LM GT2 P. Dumbreck, R.Kelleners, A.Vasiliev Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Laviolette 04:03.6
53 LM GT2 T.Biagi, C.Montanari, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari F430 GTC 04:03.8
54 LM GT2 T.Krohn, N.Jonsson, E.van de Poele Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GTC 04:04.5
55 LM GT2 A.Chiesa, B.Leuenberger, I.Alexander-Dav Speedy Racing Team Spyker C8 Laviolette 04:08.3