Posted by : Muzaffar Friday, June 12, 2009

You know its that time of the year again. The Le Mans 24 Hour race is about to begin tomorrow, with 55 cars from 4 classes racing around the Circuit de la Sarthe is going to be awesome.....

As always in Le Mans these couple of years it will be the battle of the diesel powered LMP1 cars of Audi vs. Peugeot at the forefront of the field, and odds are Audi might win this one just as they did many years before. But with Peugeot in their third year with the 908 as well as a change of team personnel this could be the year Peugeot could snatch the winning streak away from Audi. With their performance in Sebring anything to go by, it could very well be an even battle with the Audi. Hopefully they did sort out some of the minor problems they had at the start of the year and have a reliable package with them this weekend. Another worthy mention is also that Aston Martin Racing has entered 3 cars into the LMP1 class to celebrate their 50th anniversary of their Le Mans win back in 1959. Although not as fast as the Audi or Peugeot, they are pretty much the "best of the rest" in the petrol powered cars. But who knows, anything can happen in the race so we all just have to see and find out.

Don't think I have to mentioned the other classes as much since they are not as highly anticipated as the LMP1 class but it is sad to see the GT1 class only having 6 cars in race, as compared to previous years before. Who knows what GT1 will be like next year, as most of the manufacturers has moved to either to the LMP class or GT2, GT3 and even GT4 this could mean the end of the GT1 class as we know it now. Not sure what the major changes are gonna happen in GT1, or maybe they will bump up the GT2 cars into GT1 and GT3 into GT2 and so forth, or change the GT class completely.

As for qualifying, it was the combination of Stéphane Sarrazin, Sébastien Bourdais and Franck Montagny that brought the #8 Peugeot home in first position, followed by the #1 Audi and the #7 Peugeot. You can view all the qualifying positions for all the classes here

For any more info or coverage you can always visit these sites for the latest news:
Official Le Mans site
Radio Le Mans
Speedhunters Coverage of Le Mans

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