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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