At this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Peugeot 908 HDi finally broke Audi’s decade long stranglehold on the endurance classic. For the past two years, Peugeot had clearly had the speed advantage over the Audi R10 TDI but the team failed to keep the cars running reliably enough to beat the more reliable and fuel-efficient Germans. This year, Audi – expecting Peugeot to up their game – introduced an all-new and faster car, the R15 TDI that won at Sebring in March. Unfortunately, the R15 hasn’t run in a race since then, and when they arrived in France they didn’t have either the speed of the Peugeots or the trouble-free run of past years. One of the three Audi’s crashed early in the race while the others both had difficulties during the remaining 24 hours. The #9 908 of Marc Gene, David Brabham & Alexander Wurz ran largely trouble free all day and night to take the victory a lap ahead of the #8 Peugeot of Sébastien Bourdais, Franck Montagny & Stéphane Sarrazin. The lone competitive Audi of last years winners, McNish, Capello and Kristensen was 6 laps down in third place. The third Peugeot finished 6th overall and followed its sister cars across the line on Sunday afternoon.
Diesels finish 1,2,3 again at 24 Hours of Le Mans! originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Mon, 15 Jun 2009 08:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.