The Peugeot Sport team did not start last Saturday’s 1000km race at Spa-Francorchamps as favourites given the bad qualifying performances from all three of their factory-entered 908 cars, write Colin and James Beckett.
But in one race, the French manufacturer turned the tide to race to a near perfect 1-2 finish and now head to Le Mans next month confident of further endurance success.
A red flag during qualifying prevented any of the three Peugeot cars from making an attack on pole position, leaving the lead car 13th on the grid.
However, the result did not seem to be a problem for the number 7 908 of Marc Gene, Anthony Davidson and Alexander Wurz.
The trio of former F1 stars were quickly into contention, with Wurz up to second after just twenty minutes.
Another twenty and the Austrian was in the lead – a position the car would not surrender.
Wurz handed the car over to Brackley’s Davidson who, as always, drove a fast stint in the car.
Collecting valuable data ahead of Le Mans, Davidson said, “The track was very busy and we had to work hard to drive fast.
“The car ran perfectly and it is very encouraging for us as Le Mans is the next race.”
Marc Gene drove the car in the final section of the race, and he said, “It was a great result for us although quite unexpected.
“This was the fifth time Peugeot has won the Spa 1000km race, and now we look to Le Mans.”
The lead Audi of Dindo Capello\Tom Kristensen\Allan McNish took third position after the number 9 Peugeot skidded off the track with one hour to go after holding the podium position.
> Whittlebury’s Strakka Racing finished third in the LMP2 category with their HPD car.
Thornborough’s Danny Watts, Jonny Kane and Nick Leventis drove the Relentless-backed car, with Watts saying, “We weren’t in a position to challenge for victory but everything felt quite good.
“We are really looking forward to Le Mans now.
“We won the class last year and that is the aim again next month.”