Peugeot has everything under control
Peugeot continues to control the tempo at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Even though the remaining three vehicles have to act much more cautiously, the Audi can be kept at a distance. After 98 rounds the previous year's winners around Alexander Wurz lie directly in front of their team colleagues in position 2. The sister car from the Oreca team follows in third position.
Audi, however, has other worries: in the fifth hour of racing there was a fierce war of words between BMW team boss Charly Lamm and Audi motorsport chief Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. This followed a near-collision between Andy Priaulx and Tom Kristensen, in which above all the Audi number 7 with the Le Mans record winner was particularly affected.
So what had happened? Andy Priaulx was slowly rolling in the direction of pit lane with a front left puncture, keeping well to the left, when the Audi shot up from the rear. Kristensen landed in the gravel, span and drove into the tyre barrier. Fortunately the Dane could be freed from his predicament and the repair stop was not particularly long. But a lot of time was lost anyway – a whole three rounds.
The best Audi is start number 9 with Mike Rockenfeller at the wheel, in fourth position. After six hours the Joest squad is already a lap behind, but nothing has yet been lost. With the R15 number 8, which is only a few seconds behind, Audi has another candidate for a good result in the race.
Really tense is the situation in the smallest class, the LMGT2 category. Pierre Kaffer is dueling in his Ferrari with Emmanuel Collard in the number 64 Corvette, the two experienced drivers have been fighting over many laps for the class lead. The duel is far from decided - after six hours the two cars are only 0,5 seconds apart. </ P>
An even hotter moment was experienced by the Swiss Natacha Gachnang, who started in the Ford GT number 61 with her countrywomen Rahel Frey and Cyndie Alleman. On lap 59 she had to park her car with a burning rear end, but parked it so unfavourably against the guardrail that, initially, she could not get out. Things are running better for their male team colleagues in the number 60 - they are leading the GT1 class with ease.
Overall after 6 of 24 hours:
1st Peugeot #1 (Wurz/Gene/Davidson), 98 laps,
2nd Peugeot #2 (Minassian/Sarrazin/Montagny)
3rd Peugeot #4 (Panis/Lapierre/Pagenaud),
4th Audi #9 (Rockenfeller/Bernhard/Dumas),
5th Audi #8 (Lotterer/Fässler/Treluyer),
6th Aston Martin #007 (Primat/Mücke/Fernandez)
LMP2 after 6 of 24 hours:
1st Strakka #42 (Leventis/Watts/Kane),
2nd Highcroft #26 (Brabham/Franchitti/Werner),
3rd Quifel ASM #40 (Amaral/Pla/Hughes),
4th OAK Racing #35 (Lahaye/Moreau/Charouz),
5th RML #25 (Newton/Erdos/Wallace),
6th Team Bruichladdich #41 (Ojjeh/Greaves/Chalandon)
LMGT1 after 6 of 24 hours:
1st Ford #60 (Mutsch/Grosjean/Hirschi),
2nd Corvette #73 (Jousse/Massen/Goueslard),
3rd Corvette #72 (Gregoire/Policand/Hart),
4th Saleen #50 (Berville/Canal/Gardel),
5th Aston Martin #52 (Nygaard/Enge/Kox),
6th Ford #61(Gachnang/Frey/Allemann)
LMGT2 after 6 of 24 hours:
1st Ferrari #82 (Melo/Bruni/Kaffer),
2nd Corvette #64 (Gavin/Beretta/Collard),
3rd Porsche #77 (Lieb/Lietz/Henzler),
4th Corvette #63 (Magnussen/O'Connell/Garcia),
5th Ferrari #95 (Fisichella/Alesi/Vilander),
6th Porsche #76 (Narac/Pilet/Long)