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2010 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Fastest Lap:
Duval, 3m19.074
2010 season:

On Saturday night at the Circuit de la Sarthe thousands of Brits turned away from the motor race in front of them to watch England's World Cup campaign get off to a faltering start against the USA. Victory was theirs for the taking, but they failed to deliver. Then as the fans switched their attention back to the motor race they witnessed another national team implosion. How Peugeot missed this open goal will haunt the manufacturer for years.

The four 908 HDi FAPs three run by the factory, one by crack privateer Team ORECA looked set to repeat the back-to-back victories trick Peugeot last pulled off at Le Mans in 1992-93. Qualifying had been easy, Pedro Lamy's pole time of 3min 19.711sec heading a French lock-out on the front two rows. For pace, this was domination on a scale we only used to see from Peugeot's arch-rival, Audi.