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Peugeot sets the pace in warm-up

Franck Montagny, Peugeot 908Peugeot set the pace in the morning warm-up ahead of today's start of the Le Mans 24 Hours, while Audi suffered a few dramas.

Franck Montagny set the fastest lap of the session in the pole position-winning #8 908, just three tenths of a second quicker than Alexander Wurz in the #9 sister car. Pedro Lamy completed the top three for the French manufacturer, just another four tenths back from Wurz.

Alexandre Premat was the quickest Audi driver this morning, in the only R15 not to have a problem of some kind. But Premat's time in the #3 car was more than two seconds slower than the lead Peugeot.

Mike Rockenfeller was a couple of tenths behind Premat in fifth, after Marco Werner had spun the car at the Ford Chicane while lapping Patrick Dempsey's GT2 Ferrari 430.

The #1 Audi was only seventh quickest in the warm-up and lost significant track time when Tom Kristensen bounced across the gravel at the Dunlop Curve and crawled back to the pits. Allan McNish brought the car back out at the end of the session and lapped within four seconds of Montagny's time.

There was more drama for the #007 Lola Aston Martin this morning. The car was repaired yesterday following Jan Charouz's crash at the second Mulsanne Chicane, but it was in the wars again in the warm-up when it collided with the LMP2 RML Lola in the pitlane and sustained minor damage to the front left bodywork.

The pole-sitters also set the pace in the other three classes, with Casper Elgaard keeping the Team Essex Porsche at the head of the LMP2 times, once again edging out Team Goh's RS Spyder.

The #63 Chevrolet Corvette of Jan Magnussen, Johnny O'Connell and Antonio Garcia continued to out-pace the #64 car of Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Marcel Fassler, with one second between them in the morning run.

The Felbermayr Porsche also continued to set the pace in GT2, running a couple of seconds faster than the AF Corse Ferrari and the IMSA Porsche.

Pos Class Drivers Team Car Time Gap
1. LMP1 Bourdais
Montagny
Sarrazin
Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 3:26.457
2. LMP1 Brabham
Gene
Wurz
Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 3:26.793 0.336
3. LMP1 Minassian
Lamy
Klien
Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 3:27.193 0.736
4. LMP1 Bernhard
Premat
Dumas
Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI 3:28.604 2.147
5. LMP1 Rockenfeller
Werner
Luhr
Audi Sport North America Audi R15 TDI 3:28.865 2.408
6. LMP1 Boullion
Pagenaud
Treluyer
Pescarolo Sport Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 3:29.526 3.069
7. LMP1 Capello
Kristensen
McNish
Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI 3:30.830 4.373
8. LMP1 Albers
Bakkerud
Mondini
Kolles Audi R10 TDI 3:32.521 6.064
9. LMP1 Davidson
Turner
Verstappen
Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 3:33.689 7.232
10. LMP1 Zwolsman Jr
Karthikeyan
Lotterer
Kolles Audi R10 TDI 3:34.224 7.767
11. LMP1 Belicchi
Prost
Jani
Speedy Racing Team Sebah Lola B08/60-Aston Martin 3:36.113 9.656
12. LMP1 Ortelli
Senna
Monteiro
Team Oreca Matmut AIM Oreca 01-AIM 3:36.555 10.098
13. LMP1 Tinseau
Juoanny
Barbosa
Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo 01-Judd 3:36.787 10.330
14. LMP1 Panis
Lapierre
Ayari
Team Oreca Matmut AIM Oreca 01-AIM 3:36.900 10.443
15. LMP1 Charouz
Enge
Mucke
AMR Eastern Europe Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 3:38.765 12.308
16. LMP1 Hardman
Leventis
Watts
Strakka Racing Ginetta-Zytek 09S 3:41.153 14.696
17. LMP1 Tomlinson
Dean
Moore
Team LNT Ginetta-Zytek 09S 3:41.408 14.951
18. LMP2 Elgaard
Poulsen
Collard
Team Essex Porsche RS Spyder 3:41.670 15.213
19. LMP1 Hall
Primat
Kox
Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 3:44.002 17.545
20. LMP1 Ragues
Mailleux
Andre
Signature Plus Courage-Oreca LC70E-Judd 3:44.056 17.599
21. LMP2 Ara
Kunimoto
Maassen
NAVI Team Goh Porsche RS Spyder 3:44.398 17.941
22. LMP2 Piccini
Biagi
Bobbi
Racing Box Lola B08/80-Judd 3:47.887 21.430
23. LMP1 Campbell-Walter
Ickx
Ianetta
Creation Autosportif Creation CA07-Judd 3:48.749 22.292
24. LMP2 Amaral
Pla
Smith
Quifel ASM Team Ginetta-Zytek 09S/2 3:49.394 22.937
25. LMP2 Newton
Erdos
Dyson
Ray Mallock Ltd. Lola B08/86-Mazda 3:49.719 23.262
26. LMP2 Leuenberger
Pompidou
Kane
Speedy Racing Team Sebah Lola B08/80-Judd 3:51.294 24.837
27. LMP2 Barazi
Moseley
Bennett
Team Barazi-Epsilon Zytek 07S/2 3:51.914 25.457
28. GT1 O'Connell
Magnussen
Garcia
Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R 3:55.091 28.634
29. GT1 Gavin
Beretta
Fassler
Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R 3:56.076 29.619
30. LMP2 Ojjeh
Gosselin
Peter
GAC Racing Team Zytek 07S/2 3:56.554 30.097
31. GT1 Alphand
Gregoire
Goueslard
Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R 3:59.080 32.623
32. LMP2 Nicolet
Hein
Yvon
OAK Racing Pescarolo 01-Mazda 3:59.402 32.945
33. LMP2 Laheye
Ajlani
Moreau
OAK Racing Pescarolo 01-Mazda 4:00.983 34.526
34. LMP2 Bruneau
Rostan
Greaves
Bruichladdich Bruneau Team Radical SR9-AER 4:02.334 35.877
35. GT2 Lieb
Henzler
Lietz
Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 4:06.608 40.151
36. GT2 Bruni
Perez Companc
Russo
AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT2 4:08.088 41.631
37. GT2 Pilet
Narac
Long
IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 4:08.597 42.140
38. GT1 Lichtner-Hoyer
Gruber
Muller
Jetalliance Racing Aston Martin DBR9 4:08.734 42.277
39. GT2 Farnbacher
Simonsen
Montanari
Hankook Farnbacher Racing Ferrari F430 GT2 4:09.014 42.557
40. GT2 Melo
Kaffer
Salo
Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT2 4:09.035 42.578
41. GT2 Bell
Kirkaldy
Sugden
JMW Motorsport Ferrari F430 GT2 4:10.217 43.760
42. GT2 Babini
Malucelli
Ruberti
BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari F430 GT2 4:10.295 43.838
43. GT2 Mansell
Ehret
Rusinov
Team Modena Ferrari F430 GT2 4:11.476 45.019
44. GT2 O'Young
Hesnault
Kralev
Endurance Asia Team Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 4:15.165 48.708
45. GT2 McInerney
McInerney
Vergers
Virgo Motorsport Ferrari F430 GT2 4:15.439 48.982
46. GT2 Felbermayr Sr
Felbermayr Jr
Lecourt
IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 4:16.108 49.651
47. GT2 Rodrigues
Lebon
Bouchut
JMB Racing Ferrari F430 GT2 4:16.563 50.106
48. GT2 Drayson
Cocker
Franchitti
Drayson Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 4:20.347 53.890
49. GT2 Bergmeister
Law
Neiman
Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3-RSR 4:23.257 56.800
50. GT2 Dempsey
Kitch Jr
Foster
Team Advanced Engineering Ferrari F430 GT2 4:25.662 59.205
51. GT1 Maassen
Jousse
Clairay
Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R 4:36.387 1:09.930
52. GT2 Coronel
Bleekemolen
Janis
Snoras Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R 11:56.565 8:30.108
53. LMP2 Noda
Marsh
de Pourtales
Kruse-Schiller Motorsport Lola B07/46-Mazda
54. GT1 Yogo
Yamagishi
Apicella
JLOC Isao Noritake Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT
55. GT2 Krohn
van de Poele
Jonsson
Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT2
Daytona Competition
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