Peugeot 908 wins on debut at Monza

Marc Gene and Nicolas Minassian took victory for Peugeot in the first race for the diesel-powered 908 at Monza on Sunday

Peugeot 908 wins on debut at Monza

The pair won by more than a lap ahead of reigning Le Mans Series champions Emmanuel Collard and Jean-Christophe Boullion in the new Pescarolo, while Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy were third in the second Peugeot.

The 908s were the class of the field in the early stages of the race as they ran first and second, but Sarrazin and Lamy lost valuable time due to problems with one of the doors on the closed-top LMP1 machine in the first half of the race.

The problems started when Sarrazin took over the car from Lamy, and he was forced to return to the pits as one of the doors opened on track.

The car was affected by more problems after that, as Sarrazin was forced come in again when the door came ajar shortly after the initial problem.

Sarrazin and Lamy then showed the potential of the new car as they charged back up the leaderboard, and their best lap was more than two seconds faster than the best Pescarolo effort.

The Horag Racing Lola took LMP2 honours ahead of reigning class champions RML, who led the race in the early stages.

GT1 honours went to the Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R which finished in ninth place overall, while the GPC Sport team led a Ferrari 1-2-3 in GT2.

Results:

Pos Cl  Driver                          Car                Time
 1. P1  Gene/Minassian                  Peugeot 908        4h 59:20.735
 2. P1  Collard/Boullion                Pescarolo Judd     +      1 lap
 3. P1  Lamy/Sarrazin                   Peugeot 908        +     2 laps
 4. P1  Primat/Tinseau                  Pescarolo Judd     +     3 laps
 5. P1  Gounon/Moreau                   Courage LC70 AER   +     5 laps
 6. P2  Lienhard/Theys/Van De Poele     Lola B05/40 Judd   +     8 laps
 7. P1  Barbosa/Keen/Hall               Pescarolo Judd     +    10 laps
 8. P2  Erdos/Newton                    MG Lola EX264 AER  +    12 laps
 9. GT1 Alphand/Policand/Goueslard      Corvette C6.R      +    13 laps
10. GT1 Bouchut/Gardel/Gollin           Aston Martin DBR9  +    14 laps
11. GT1 Blanchemain/Dumez/Vosse         Corvette C5-R      +    14 laps
12. GT1 Garcia/Halliday                 Aston Martin DBR9  +    15 laps
13. GT1 Perazzini/Cioci/Tavano          Saeleen S7-R       +    18 laps
14. GT2 De Simone/Hernandez/Bonetti     Ferrari F430 GT    +    19 laps
15. GT2 Caffi/Zardo                     Ferrari F430 GT    +    19 laps
16. GT2 Bell/Simonsen                   Ferrari F430 GT    +    19 laps
17. GT2 Kimber-Smith/Watts              Panoz Esperante    +    20 laps
18. GT2 Drudi/Rosa/Mowlem               Ferrari F430 GT    +    21 laps
19. GT2 Narac/Lietz                     Porsche 997 GT3    +    21 laps
20. GT2 Belicchi/Chiesa/Kane            Spyker C8 Spyder   +    22 laps
21. GT2 Lieb/Pompidou                   Porsche 997 GT3    +    22 laps
22. P1  Frei/Cochet                     Courage LC70 AER   +    23 laps
23. P2  Binnie/Timpany/Buncombe         Lola B05/40 Zytek  +    23 laps
24. GT2 Hesnault/Smith/Beltoise         Porsche 997 GT3    +    24 laps
25. P1  Lammers/Hart/Bleekemolen        Dome S101.5 Judd   +    27 laps
26. GT2 Werner/Ehret/Nielsen            Porsche 997 GT3    +    29 laps
27. P2  Nicolet/Filhol/Jouanny          Courage LC75 AER   +    30 laps
28. GT2 Felbermayr/Ried/Collin          Porsche 996 GT3    +    30 laps
29. P2  Burgess/De Pourtales/Siedler    Pescarolo Judd     +    34 laps
30. P1  Charouz/Mucke                   Lola B07/17 Judd   +    35 laps
31. GT2 Hartshorne/Mcinermey/Mcinerney  Panoz Esperante    +    39 laps
32. GT2 Basso/Mccormick/Daoudi          Ferrari F430 GT    +    40 laps
33. P2  Rostan/Bruneau/Pullan           Pilbeam MP93 Judd  +    48 laps

Not classified

    GT2 Kox/Janis                       Spyker C8 Spyder       125 laps
    P1  Evans/Berridge/Owen             Lola B06/10 AER        123 laps
    GT2 Ried/Felbermayr/Gruber          Porsche 997 GT3         94 laps
    P2  Amaral/De Castro/Burgeno        Lola B05/40 AER         90 laps
    P1  Lavaggi/Puglisi                 Lavaggi LS01 Ford       57 laps
    GT1 Ortelli/Ayari                   Saleen S7-R             52 laps
    P2  Hughes/Cunningham               Radical SR9 Judd        49 laps
    GT2 Daniels/Cox/Camatias            Porsche 997 GT3 RSR     45 laps
    GT2 Lasserre/Dean                   Panoz Esperante GTLM    38 laps
    GT2 Thiim/Thyrring/Sorensen         Corvette C6 Z06         29 laps
    GT2 Lambert/Lefort/Bouvy            Ferrari F430 GT         25 laps
    GT1 Fisken/Zacchia/Franchi          Aston Martin DBR9       17 laps
    P2  Greaves/Moseley                 Radical SR9 AER          3 laps
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