Sebring : Victory of the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
With the Peugeot no.8 taking third and the no.7 car finishing eighth, both Team Peugeot Total cars completed this demanding edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring. The entire team was therefore able to pursue preparations for the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, already displaying both good levels of performance, especially seen in taking pole position, and reliability.
On Saturday morning, in front of a very noisy, passionate Sebring crowd, the two Peugeot 908s dominated proceedings at the start of the race. Onboard the no.8 car, Franck Montagny made the most of his pole position to head into the first turn in front, while Marc Genéwasted no time taking his no.7 car from third on the grid into second place. Although the two official Peugeots appeared at this stage to the quickest on the track, a series of safety car periods prevented them from building up any sort of real lead.
The no.7 car’s chances of victory evaporated when Marc Gené and Dindo Capello, then fighting it out for second position, came together during a restart just before the race’s five-hour mark. The car was forced to come in to the pits to change the front left half-axle and the clutch, losing the driver team of Marc Gené, Anthony Davidson and Alexander Wurz around twenty laps in the process. “I was level with Dindo Capello”, commented Marc Gené. “I braked fairly late, and we ended up turning into the corner at the same time and coming together. It was a real shame because our car was handling very well”.
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