Peugeot remain on top in warm-up

Peugeot continued to hold sway in morning warm-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Sebastien Bourdais setting a lap time of 4:00.830 to lead the field in the No. 8 908 HDI FAP

Peugeot remain on top in warm-up

Allan McNish was second fastest with a 4:03.460 for Audi, but the times were hardly representative on a wet but drying circuit.

Overnight rain spilled into the morning, but the 13.629km track dried quickly, leaving drivers with the chance to set times at the end of the session, though still more than half a minute slower than the qualifying times.

On his last lap, Marco Werner improved the lap time of the No. 1 R10 TDI to 4:04.809 ahead of Emmanuel Collard's Pescarolo, the third Audi, Jan Lammers' Dome, the Charouz Racing Lola and the second Pescarolo. Nicolas Minassian was ninth fastest in the number 7 Peugeot, ahead of the Creation driven by Jamie Campbell-Walter.

Michael Vergers set the pace in the LMP2 class, the Barazi Epsilon Zytek chassis continuing its impressive debut at Le Mans, but it was Tommy Erdos who was second fastest in the RML MG Lola, ahead of the second Barazi car of Adrian Fernandez.

Corvette led Aston Martin in the GT1 class, Oliver Gavin completing much of the session. The British driver set a time of 4:26.278 to head the Aston Martin of Tomas Enge and the Team ORECA Saleen of Jean-Philippe Belloc.

With a time of 4:37.768, Patrick Long, in the IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche, led the GT2 class for the first time.

The JLOC Lamborghini, which left the circuit on Thursday morning on the back of a flat bed lorry and covered in a grey plastic sheet, returned to the circuit in the hands of Atsushi Yogo. Though the times were not competitive, it was a remarkable achievement by the team to have repaired the car at all.

Fastest through the speed traps was the number two Audi of McNish, who broke the beam at 319km/h, ahead of the No. 1 Audi of Marco Werner at 314km/h in the warm up. The No. 8 Peugeot, the Charouz Racing Lola and the leading Pescarolo all also topped 300km/h.

Warm-up results:

Pos Cl Drivers Team Car Time Gap
1. LMP1 Lamy
Sarrazin
Bourdais
Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 Hdi FAP 4:00.830
2. LMP1 Capello
Kristensen
McNish
Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI 4:03.460 2.630
3. LMP1 Biela
Pirro
Werner
Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI 4:04.809 3.979
4. LMP1 Collard
Boullion
Dumas
Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo Judd 4:09.817 8.987
5. LMP1 Luhr
Rockenfeller
Premat
Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R10 TDI 4:10.304 9.474
6. LMP1 Lammers
Hart
Bleekemolen
Racing For Holland Dome S101.5 Judd 4:11.016 10.186
7. LMP1 Yoong
Mucke
Charouz
Charouz Racing Lola B07/17 Judd 4:12.148 11.318
8. LMP1 Primat
Tinseau
Treluyer
Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo Judd 4:12.480 11.650
9. LMP1 Gene
Minassian
Villeneuve
Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 Hdi FAP 4:13.136 12.306
10. LMP1 Campbell-Walter
Ortiz
Nakano
Creation Autosportif Ltd Creation Judd CA07 4:14.171 13.341
11. LMP2 Binnie
Timpany
Buncombe
Binnie Motorsports Lola B05/40 Zytek 4:17.127 16.297
12. LMP1 Gounon
Moreau
Johansson
Courage Competition Courage LC70 AER 4:17.210 16.380
13. LMP1 Deletraz
Fassler
Alexander
Swiss Spirit Lola Audi B07/10 4:18.331 17.501
14. LMP1 Frei
Cochet
Besson
Courage Competition Courage LC70 AER 4:20.066 19.236
15. LMP2 Petrov
Halliday
Ianetta
Noel Del Bello Courage LC75 AER 4:21.103 20.273
16. LMP2 Barazi
Vergers
Ojjeh
Barazi Epsilon Zytek 07S/2 4:21.804 20.974
17. LMP1 Barbosa
Hall
Short
Rollcentre Racing Pescarolo Judd 4:22.584 21.754
18. LMP2 Greaves
Moseley
Liddell
Bruichladdich Radical Radical SR9 AER 4:23.041 22.211
19. LMGT1 O'connell
Magnussen
Fellows
Corvette Racing Corvette C6R 4:26.278 25.448
20. LMP2 Jouanny
Nicolet
Filhol
Saulnier Racing Courage LC75 AER 4:26.290 25.460
21. LMP2 Rostan
Pickering
Macallister
Pierre Bruneau Pilbeam MP93 Judd 4:27.008 26.178
22. LMGT1 Enge
Herbert
Kox
Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 4:27.689 26.859
23. LMGT1 Apicella
Yogo
Yamanishi
JLOC Isao Noritake Lamborghini Murcielago 4:28.942 28.112
24. LMGT1 Garcia
Menten
Fittipaldi
Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 4:30.389 29.559
25. LMP1 Evans
Berridge
Owen
Chamberlain Synergy Lola B06/10 AER 4:30.801 29.971
26. LMGT1 Vasiliev
Kostka
Persl
Convers Menx Team Ferrari 550 Maranello 4:32.681 31.851
27. LMGT2 Salo
Melo
Mowlem
Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT 4:32.817 31.987
28. LMGT1 Groppi
Prost
Belloc
Team Oreca Saleen S7R 4:33.232 32.402
29. LMGT1 Bouchut
Gollin
Elgaard
AMR Larbre Comp. Aston Martin DBR9 4:33.307 32.477
30. LMGT1 Brabham
Rydell
Turner
Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 4:34.551 33.721
31. LMGT1 Ortelli
Ayari
Lapierre
Team Oreca Saleen S7-R 4:34.891 34.061
32. LMGT1 Smet
Gosselin
Peter
PSI Experience Corvette C6R 4:37.724 36.894
33. LMGT1 Policand
Goueslard
Alphand
Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R 4:37.768 36.938
34. LMP2 Amaral
De Castro
Hughes
Quifel ASM Team Lola B05/40 AER 4:38.768 37.938
35. LMP2 Fernandez
Kurosawa
Kerr
Barazi Epsilon Zytek 07S/2 4:38.770 37.940
36. LMGT2 Narac
Lietz
Long
Imsa Performance Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 4:40.676 39.846
37. LMGT2 Macari
Aucott
Newey
AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT 4:40.983 40.153
38. LMGT2 Marsh
Villarroel
Rosenblad
GPC Sport Ferrari F430 GT 4:41.870 41.040
39. LMGT2 Belicchi
Caffi
Chiesa
Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R 4:41.919 41.089
40. LMGT2 Niarchos
Kirkaldy
Mullen
Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 430 GT 4:42.210 41.380
41. LMGT2 Collin
Felbermayr
Felbermayr Jr
Seikel Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 4:45.459 44.629
42. LMGT2 Nielsen
Simonsen
Ehret
Autorlando Sport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 4:45.604 44.774
43. LMP2 Longechal
Yamagishi
Terada
T2M Motorsport Dome Mader S101-5 4:45.689 44.859
44. LMGT2 Tomlinson
Dean
Bell
Team LNT Panoz Esperante GTLM 4:46.653 45.823
45. LMGT2 Janis
Hezemans
Kane
Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R 4:47.707 46.877
46. LMGT1 Beretta
Gavin
Papis
Corvette Racing Corvette C6R 4:47.811 46.981
47. LMGT1 Blanchemain
Vosse
Andre
Alphand Aventures Corvette C5-R 4:48.949 48.119
48. LMGT2 Kimber-Smith
Watts
Milner
Team LNT Panoz Esperante GTLM 4:52.986 52.156
49. LMGT1 Bornhauser
Berville
Fisken
AMR Larbre Comp. Aston Martin DBR9 4:53.906 53.076
50. LMP2 Erdos
Newton
Wallace
RML Lola B05/40 AER 4:59.842 59.012
51. LMP2 Burgess
De Pourtales
Siedler
Kruse Motorsport Pescarolo Judd 5:02.279 1:01.449
52. LMGT2 Van Overbeek
Bergmeister
Neiman
Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 5:52.584 1:51.754
53. LMGT2 Krohn
Jonsson
Braun
Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT
54. LMGT1 Babini
Davies
Malucelli
Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9
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