Le Mans 24 Hour: Peugeot Outclassed Audi

Mustafa SariContributor IJune 14, 2009

LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 13:  The Peugeot Sport Total 908 HDi FAP of Alex Wurz of Austria, David Brabham of Great Britain and Marc Gene of Spain drives during the 77th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans on June 13, 2009 in Le Mans, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Today, Le Mans ended with misery for Audi and Porsche. After the Sebring 12 hour race, I hoped to see that Audi has the edge on 908's. The No. 3 and No. 2 Audi's had accidents and mechanical problems all day.

But reality was different without any weather effects or faults. 908's was faster than the new Audi R15's. Also, Aston did an astonishing job, finishing fourth.

I think, Bourdais should stop making mistakes, as he did like in F1. In LMP1, Oreca and Pescorolo wanted to be in touch with leaders but luck was never with them. Only No. 11 Oreca did a good fight with the luckless No. 7 Peugeot.

In LMP2, the Porsche RS Spyder's had the edge on Lolas and others, so there is no surprise for Team Essex win. But surprise came with the number five RS Spyder crash on Mulsanne.

In GT1, Corvettes were the only ones with the real possibility of winning the race. The race ended with only the surprise retirement of the No. 64 Corvette and No. 73, Luch Alphand Corvette and Jetalliance DBR9 get on podium. Also, this is a result of only six cars being raced in GT1. And GT1 lambo again had only one lap on Le Mans with a interesting result.

In GT2, Porsche was faster than Ferrari when the circuit got darker but, with mechanical misfortunes and driver faults, Ferrari's life was made easier with a similar pace. 430's had better stints than 997's in the night. In the end, Risi's 82 and 83 car ended the car on podium. But the most interesting things were, in top ten, there were nine Ferrari's with a Spyder.

And there is no Porsche 997 GT3 RSR to finish the race, so it must be a shocking result for Porsche after the 2008 race.

In Conclusion, It was an enjoyable race and results were unpredictable in one point. But This is Le Mans, it is a heaven and a hell of Racing, glory, endurance, and pain.