Monday, August 20, 2007

Sarrazin, Lamy take Spa win for Peugeot

Perfection in qualifying is a wonderful thing, but it really doesn't count for much on race day, as Nicolas Minassian and Marc Gene found out again in today's 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps, the fourth round of the Le Mans Series. Having started from pole in each race thus far, the pair came up empty again in today's classic endurance race, felled an hour into the race by a failed wheel bearing.
Instead, the victory went to their Peugeot Sport teammates, Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy, who took a comfortable two-lap victory in today's six-hour race, consolidating their championship lead. Sarrazin and Lamy now have three victories to Minassian's and Gene's singular one.
Second overall, but easily a second per lap slower than the Peugeots, were Jean-Christophe Boullion and Emmanuel Collard in the #16 Pescarolo Sport. The Pescarolo-Judd doesn't have the pace of the diesel-powered Peugeots, but the team has reliability figured out, and to finish first, one must first finish, as the old adage goes.


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