Alms 2008 Road Atlanta- Peugeot 908 HDI FAP Final Deception
37 cars at the start, 11 safety car interventions, 394 laps of the
exacting, hilly American circuit, temperatures in excess of 30°C... and
just 4.512 seconds in it at the flag between the only Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
present and the N°1 Audi which finally took the spoils at Road Atlanta.
Peugeot Sport came to the United States to gain experience as it prepares
for its 2009 campaign, and thats exactly what it achieved!
The way qualifying unfolded suggested that the 2008 Petit Le Mans would be
an extremely close and unrelenting race, and it ended up being an amazing
1,000-mile sprint which turned the best-laid strategies on their head from
the start. In the hands of Nicolas Minassian, then Stéphane Sarrazin and
Christian Klien, the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP faced particularly stiff
competition from the American Le Mans Series regulars, namely Audi, Porsche
and Acura. And right from the beginning there was a spate of safety car
interventions, with a total of seven in the first four hours! Six cars took
turns at the front of the particularly buoyant pack and the Peugeot trio
spent much of the race crossing swords with the N°2 Audi of Werner/Luhr in
particular. At the height of this extraordinarily intense fight, Christian
Klien succeeded in posting the fastest race lap with a time of 1m 7.056s on
Lap 173, shortly before the midpoint, at which stage there were still eight
cars on the same lap! The battle became fiercer still during the second
half of the race as the N°1 Audi (McNish/Capello/Pirro) fought back to
figure amongst the front-runners after an accident during the formation
lap. Helped by the numerous safety car interventions, it succeeded in
making up lost ground after taking time to make repairs. The three cars
(two Audis and the Peugeot) traded the provisional lead as a function of
their refuelling stops and driver/tyre changes. With some 20 laps
remaining, Christian Klien, who was clearly faster, made an attempt to pass the then
leader McNish who responded with a virile defensive manoeuvre which saw the
Peugeot driver lose valuable seconds. A further safety car intervention
deprived the Peugeot driver of a second chance and he ultimately crossed
the line 4 seconds after the N°1 Audi, and with the slenderest of cushions
over his chasers. No fewer than five cars took the flag on the same lap
after almost 10 hours of racing round a track on which the Peugeot 908 HDi
FAP was competing for the very first time.
Michel BARGE: "We came to Road Atlanta to work on our approach to race
strategy, gain pit-stop experience and push the cars reliability, and thats
exactly what we achieved. Events like this confirm our belief that we need
to race and glean extra experience as we prepare for 2009. We gave it our
very best effort all the way to the flag and crossed the line just 4
seconds behind our rival which has gone unbeaten round this highly specific
track for many years. We only had one 908 HDi FAP here but we didnt have a
single technical problem and the team rose magnificently to the challenge
of taking on the high level, battle-hardened competition we knew we would
face this weekend."
Road Atlanta - final positions:
1, Audi (McNish/Pirro/Capello), 394 laps in 9h 41m 17.825s
2, Peugeot 908 HDi FAP (Sarrazin/Klien/Minassian), +4.512s
3, Audi (Werner/Luhr), +7.565s
4, Porsche (Castroneves/Briscoe), +42.672s
5, Porsche (Bernhard/Dumas), +1m 4.350s Etc.
Fastest race lap: C. Klien (Peugeot 908 HDi FAP), 1m 7.056s
Le Mans - 1955 - Race report
The 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans began on 11 June 1955, with Pierre Levegh
behind the wheel of the #20 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR run by Daimler-Benz.
American John Fitch was Levegh's assigned partner in the car, and he would
take over driving duties later. Competition between Mercedes, Jaguar,
Ferrari, Aston Martin and Maserati was close, with all the marques fighting
for the top positions early on. The race was extremely fast, with lap
records being repeatedly broken.
At the end of Lap 35, Levegh was following Mike Hawthorn's leading Jaguar
D-type, just as they were entering the pit straight. Hawthorn had just
passed Lance Macklin's slower Austin-Healey 100 when he belatedly noticed a
pit signal to stop for fuel. Hawthorn slowed suddenly in an effort to stop
rather than make another lap. Hawthorn's Jaguar, with the new disc brakes,
slowed much more quickly than other cars using drum brakes, such as
Levegh's Mercedes. The sudden, unexpected braking by Hawthorn caused
Macklin in the Healey to hit his brakes, throwing up a small cloud of dust
in front of Levegh, who trailed close behind. Macklin then swerved across
the centre of the track, attempting to re-pass the slowing Jaguar, but also
apparently out of control. Macklin had not noticed both Levegh and Juan
Manuel Fangio, in another 300 SLR, approaching rapidly from behind. Fangio
was in second place at the time, but directly behind, and attempting to lap
Levegh, ahead of Fangio on the track, did not have time to react. Levegh's
car made contact with the left rear of Macklin's car as he closed rapidly
(at about 150 mph) upon the slowed car. When Levegh hit the Austin-Healey
from behind, his car became airborne, soaring towards the left side of the
track, where it landed atop the earthen embankment separating spectators
from the track itself.
Levegh's 300 SLR struck the mound at such speed and angle that it was
launched into a somersault, which caused some parts of the car, already
damaged and loosened by the collision, to be flung from the vehicle at very
great speeds. This included the bonnet and the front axle, both of which
separated from the frame and flew through the crowd. The bonnet decapitated
tightly jammed spectators like a guillotine. With the front of the
spaceframe chassis—and thus crucial engine mounts—destroyed, the car's
heavy engine block also broke free and hurtled into the crowd. Spectators
who had climbed onto trestle tables to get a better view of the track found
themselves in the direct path of the lethal debris. Levegh was also
thrown free of the tumbling car, fatally crushing his skull when he landed.
As the remains of the 300 SLR slowed its somersault, the rear-mounted fuel
tank ruptured. The ensuing fuel fire raised the temperature of the
remaining Elektron bodywork past its ignition temperature, which due to its
high magnesium content was lower than for other metal alloys. The alloy
burst into white-hot flames, sending searing embers onto the track and into
the crowd. Rescue workers, totally unfamiliar with how to attack a
magnesium fire, poured water on the inferno -- greatly intensifying the
fire. As a result, the car burned for several hours. Official accounts put
the death total at 84 (83 spectators plus Levegh), either by flying debris
or from the fire, with a further 120 injured. Other observers estimated the
toll to be much higher.
Fangio, driving behind Levegh, narrowly escaped the heavily damaged
Austin-Healey, which was now skidding to the right of the track, across his
path. Macklin then hit the pit wall and bounced back to the left, crossing
the track again. He struck the barrier near the location of the now burning
300 SLR, causing the death of another single spectator, although Macklin
survived the incident without serious injury.
The race was continued, officially in order to prevent departing spectators
from crowding the roads and slowing down ambulances. An emergency meeting
of the Daimler-Benz board of directors was convened by midnight at the
request of John Fitch. Mindful of sensitivities involving German cars in
a French race just 10 years after the end of World War II, they decided to
pull out as a sign of respect to the victims. Eight hours after the
accident, while leading the race, the Mercedes team withdrew the cars of
Juan Manuel Fangio/Stirling Moss and Karl Kling/André Simon. Mercedes
invited Jaguar to also retire, but they declined.
Mike Hawthorn and the Jaguar team, led by motorsport manager Lofty England,
kept racing. Hawthorn won the race with teammate Bueb.
Audi R15: Failure at Le Mans 2009
ENGLISH: This video shows Audi at the 2009 Le Mans and their failure to
secure a 1st position podium. All of the lock ups and crashes from Audi. As
much as Audi was disappointed they manged a 3rd place podium finish ahead
of one of the Peugeot teams.
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DEUTSCH: Dieses Video zeigt Audi bei der Le Mans 2009 und ihr Scheitern an
der 1. Position ein Podium zu sichern. Alle des Schlosses ups und Abstürze
von Audi. So viel wie Audi war enttäuscht, sie manged einen 3. Platz
Podiumsplatz vor einer der Peugeot-Teams.
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2009 Sebring 12 hours-Peugeot 908 HDI FAP
2009 Sebring 12 hours-Peugeot 908 HDI FAP
Team Peugeot Total announced before the start that its objective at Sebring
was to validate the evolutions introduced for 2009 and to see how it
compared with its rivals as part of its build-up to this years Le Mans 24
Hours. The 12 Hours of Sebring enabled the French squad to learn a number
of lessons after a busy race which saw just one of the two 908 HDi FAPs
reach the finish, in second place. The Bourdais/Montagny/Sarrazin car
crossed the line 22.279s after the N°2 Audi, which is equivalent to the
time lost as a result of a slow puncture.
There is clearly no time to lose between now and Junes Le Mans 24 Hours,
with plenty of ground to cover if this weekends visit to Sebring is
anything to judge by. Peugeot made the trip out to the USA with an entry of
two 908 HDi FAPs and returns to France with mixed fortunes to show for its
efforts. Good tactical work enabled the squad to pull clear on several
occasions thanks to some slick pit work and a strategy which saw it cover
an additional lap compared with its opponents during certain duels. It
turned out to be a thrilling contest, with plenty of drama and some
exciting racing, with Peugeot and its main rival never split by more than a
handful of seconds.
At the same time, however, Peugeot Sports run was hampered by a number of
problems. The N°08 car was prevented from taking part in the warm-up
session by a hydraulic problem which was only resolved shortly before the
start, compelling Franck Montagny to start from the pit-lane. After handing
over to Stéphane Sarrazin, and then to Sébastien Bourdais, the all-French
car managed to fight its way back up the order. Helped by a safety car
period, it was up to fourth place after half an hour of racing, while the
other Peugeot in the hands of Pedro Lamy (shared with Minassian and Klien)
topped the leaderboard, but under constant pressure from the teams rivals.
Despite this pressure, the two Peugeots succeeded in running first and
second, before the N°07 car - with Christian Klien at the helm - was
forced to pit with an air conditioning problem that cost it nine laps. All
hopes of victory then rested on the crew of the N°08 car which traded top
spot with the two Audis before having to pit three hours from the finish
after picking up a rear-left slow puncture. The crews gritty determination
saw it claim the fastest race lap (Sébastien Bourdais, in 1m 43.274s),
before ultimately taking the flag in second place after 12 hours of racing.
However, further disappointment was in store for the N°07 car which was
sidelined with gearbox failure 25 minutes from home.
Bruno FAMIN (Technical Director): "Our mission here was to test the 2009
version of the 908 HDi FAP, and notably its air conditioning system.
Despite the problem suffered by the N°07 car, we still managed to complete
practically 12 hours with both cars. We have made spectacular, encouraging
progress, and other new features like the aerodynamics and engine settings
functioned well. Even so, thats enough of coming second!"
Franck MONTAGNY: "Im disappointed with the weekends result, but I am still
pleased with the work we managed to put in here at Sebring. This is a tough
circuit, and 12 hours here is equivalent to 24 hours at Le Mans! The new
Audi was beatable round this circuit which wasnt ideal for the 908, which
is a very lively car. The team has worked well over the winter and I feel
optimistic for the rest of the programme."
Sébastien BOURDAIS: "Our tyres dont like it whenever we pick up a little
dust or rubber. We had trouble being consistent over a full stint and that
explains my spin. Thats a specific feature of this venue and we will be
better off at Le Mans. We put in a strong run and, in the end, it was a
puncture that cost us victory."
Pedro LAMY: "Its a shame because our car had two big problems, first of all
with the air conditioning, then with the gearbox. We need to keep on
working, especially since the new Audi seems to be both quick and
Christian KLIEN: "I have to say that our car handled well and was very
fast. Like Nicolas and Pedro, I am disappointed; it hasnt been a good day."
1, Audi 2, 383 laps in 12h 0m 38.638s
2, PEUGEOT 08 (Bourdais/Montagny/Sarrazin), +22.279s
3, Audi 1, +2 laps
4, Acura (LMP2), +23 laps
5, PEUGEOT 07 (Klien/Minassian/Lamy), +27 laps
Fastest race lap: S. Bourdais (Peugeot), 1m 43.274s
TRUTH IN 24 II - Every Second Counts
The Le Mans 24 Hours are a legend. They are mentioned in the same breath as
the Rallye Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500.
Since 1923, hundreds of thousands of motorsport enthusiasts have been
flocking to La Sarthe year by year to experience the one-day race. To watch
the protagonists in their sports cars battle for each place and each meter
of tarmac with bated breath. The drivers cover 4,800 kilometers in 24 hours
- almost as many as the Formula One racers in a whole year. Every Le Mans
winner has gone down in history. The three Audi drivers Andr‚Äö
Lotterer, Beno≈ít Tr‚Äöluyer and Marcel F‚Äûssler did so in a
special way with the triumph they achieved in 2011. The film TRUTH IN 24 II
documents the tenth and arguably most emotional triumph of the brand with
the four rings at this sports car classic. After two Audi R18 TDI cars have
retired following spectacular accidents, the remaining Audi fights a
dramatic battle for overall victory with the three Peugeot 908 cars ? which
the Audi trio ultimately decides in its favor with a narrow margin of 13
seconds. The film captures the entire drama of the fourth-narrowest running
of the Le Mans 24 Hours ? with intimate insights into the team of Audi
Sport and breath-taking pictures.
Follow the link to read more about Le Mans: http://audi.us/PixOng