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2009 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 13, 2009
Fastest Lap:
Minassian, 3m24.352
2009 season:

Third time lucky for Peugeot, then. For the French team this was ‘La Belle Victoire’ at its third attempt with a diesel. Its cars were faster than the Audis last year but somehow they conspired to lose the Le Mans 24 Hours. This June, as well as the superior speed of the 908 HDI over the new Audi R15, Peugeot had that element of luck you need to win at La Sarthe.

The weather was consistently warm and dry, the winning car ran faultlessly and Audi chose this year to have the weekend from hell. Not only were the new cars unreliable – in Audi terms anyway – but they weren’t fast enough. And one of them crashed early on. All this fell into the hands of Peugeot, which made the most of a chance to land the killer punch when Audi was on the ropes.