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11/06/10
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All Peugeot front row in Zhuhai
The final outing of the 908 HDi looks very promising with the two fastest times during their successful qualifying session this Saturday in front of the Audi driven by Tom Kristensen. In GT1, the fastest time was made by the Japanese Sekiguchi driving a Lamborghini.

At the start of the 1,000 km of Zhuhai, which will start tomorrow, Sunday, 7th November at noon local time (5:00 in France/4:00 in UK) the Chinese public will see only blue at the front of the grid. For their final race in the 908, Peugeot's drivers set the bar high early in the qualifying session held this Saturday, despite the difficult track condition following heavy rain that has been falling since Thursday.

The prize for this effort was for Stéphane Sarrazin to snatch pole position (1'21''868) in car #2 - on intermediate tires. ". We feared the arrival of rain,", explained the French driver at a press conference, “we drove quickly from the start of the session. There was a very short window. I pushed hard straight away, I did a good lap with no mistakes. It was not so easy with the damp, I stayed on the good line and it was a very fast lap.” Simon Pagenaud, who did the second fastest lap had chosen the same Michelin tires as his team-mate and was equally pleased to be in front of Audi. Like all whole French team, the drivers know how important it is to win in China, which now constitutes the largest global automotive market.

Shortly before this qualifying session, Olivier Quesnel recalled the major economic challenge posed by the coming of the ILMC to China. "Every time we run, we're trying to win," explained the boss of Team Peugeot Total, “and especially in China because Peugeot has high ambitions in this market. So first win the race. This will be perfect for the championship and whatever happens, there will be a great fight. "

With 37 points ahead in the standings (*) now unless there is no Peugeot at the finish and Audi score a 1-2. the French team will capture the first title for ILMC manufacturers in the LM P1 class.

The task will be difficult for the German automaker Audi, but they intend to win on Chinese soil, where the brand currently sells the majority of its production cars.

Yesterday, however, its drivers had to settle for third and fourth places (for 1'23''152 7; 1'24''589 for 8). The fastest of his team, Tom Kristensen even made a small off track excursion at three minutes from the end of the session destroying all chances. "During all practice sessions,'' 'Mr. Le Mans' explained, '' they (Peugeot) were quicker than us. So it had to be a very aggressive hunt for pole position at the wheel as in set-up. After my lap on intermediate tires as the track dried, I returned to the pits to fit slicks. But it was still raining a little and you had to be very careful especially when braking at Turn 11. And finally, I made a mistake in turning 9 when the rain came. "

In the prototype category, the fifth fastest time was achieved by the Lola-Judd # 11 Drayson Racing (1'28''916) shared Paul Drayson and Jonny Cocker.

The GTs did not lag behind in qualifying either, five manufacturers successively occupied the top of the table: Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Audi, but it is ultimately the Lamborghini Murcielago GT1 Japanese Yuhi Sekiguchi with the fastest time (1'33''516). Just behind the Porsche 997 GT3 R Hybrid (1'33''789) that took second place. The third was occupied by the amazing Alex Yoong in 1'34''959. The former F1 driver placed his Audi R8 GTC ahead of all the cars in the category.

Whether in the context of the battle for race victory or the manufacturers' title in GT, only nine points separate Ferrari and Porsche. The 1 000 km from Zhuhai will finish the 2010 season in great style.

Results

Pos No Cl Team Drivers / Car Ses.1 Gap
1 *2 LMP1 Team Peugeot Total MONTAGNY Franck/SARRAZIN Stephane Peugeot 908 HDi -FAP 1:21.868 0.000
2 *1 LMP1 Team Peugeot Total BOURDAIS Sebastien/PAGENAUD Simon Peugeot 908 HDi -FAP 1:22.953 0:01.085
3 *7 LMP1 Audi Sport Team Joest KRISTENSEN Tom/McNISH Allan Audi R15 TDI 1:23.152 0:01.284
4 *8 LMP1 Audi Sport Team Joest CAPELLO Rinaldo/DUMAS Romain Audi R15 TDI 1:24.589 0:02.72
5 *11 LMP1 Drayson Racing DRAYSON Paul/COCKER Jonny Lola Coupé Judd 1:28.916 0:07.048
6 23 LMP1 Tokai Univ. YGK Power WAKISAKA Shigekazu/MITSUYAMA Shogo Courage Oreca YGK 1:30.869 0:09.001
7 *35 LMP2 OAK Racing NICOLET Jacques/DA ROCHA Frederic/LAFARGUE Pa Pescarolo -Judd 1:32.936 0:11.068
8 47 FLM Hope Polevision Racing ZACCHIA Steve/ZHANG Shan Qi/LEE Jeffrey FLM -Oreca -09 1:33.227 0:11.359
9 69 LMGT1 JLOC IIRI Hiroyuki/SEKIGUCHI Yuhi/YUYA Sakamoto Lamborghini Murcielago 1:33.516 0:11.648
10 92 LMGTH Porsche AG BERGMEISTER Jorg/LONG Patrick Porsche GT3 HYBRID 1:33.789 0:11.921
11 98 LMGTC KK Performance LEE Marchy/YOONG Alex/MARSH Matfhew Audi R8 LMS 1:34.959 0:13.091
12 *50 LMGT1 Larbre Competition BORNHAUSER Patrick/GROPPI Laurent/LAMY Pedro Saleen S7 -R 1:35.217 0:13.349
13 96 LMGTC United Autosports WATTS Danny/MEINS Richard/YU Frank Audi R8 LMS 1:35.682 0:13.814
14 *95 LMGT2 AF Corse BRUNI Gianmaria/VILANDER Toni/MELO Jaime Ferrari F430 GT 1:35.810 0:13.942
15 *77 LMGT2 Team Felbermayr Proton LIEB Marc/LIETZ Richard Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 1:36.114 0:14.246
16 *78 LMGT2 BMW Team Schnitzer MULLER Jorg/WERNER Dirk BMW M3 1:36.166 0:14.298
17 *90 LMGT2 CRS Racing EHRET Pierre/QUAIFE Phil/KIRKALDY Andrew Ferrari F430 GT 1:36.210 0:14.342
18 *75 LMGT2 Prospeed Competition WESTBROOK Richard/O YOUNG Darryl Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 1:36.300 0:14.432
19 *88 LMGT2 Team Felbermayr Proton RAGGINGER Martin/RIED Christian/RODA Gianluca Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 1:36.527 0:14.659
20 81 LMGT2 Jaguar RSR GOOSSENS Marc/GENTILOZZI Paul Jaguar XK RS 1:37.379 0:15.511
21 91 LMGTC Team Hong Kong Racing MA Philippe/BECHE Mathias Aston Marting DBRS9 1:37.800 0:15.932
22 97 LMGTC United Autosports RICHARD Henri/LI Allan Audi R8 LMS 1:37.888 0:16.020
23 *99 LMGT2 Gulf Team First GIROIX Fabien/GOETHE Roald Lamborghini LP560 3:17.517 1:55.649

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