Analysis: Why Peugeot finally triumphed at Le Mans

Analysis: Why Peugeot finally triumphed at Le Mans

Following the 908 HDi's debut in 2007 and the French company's agonising defeat at the hands of Audi last year, Peugeot finally grasped victory at La Sarthe last weekend. Mark Glendenning looks back at how.

A cursory look at the entry list told you what Peugeot was thinking in the lead-up to this year's Le Mans 24 Hours but, two days before the race began, Peugeot Sport chief Olivier Quesnel, his words slightly warped by real-time translation from French, made the point again.

"I have a picture in my mind," he said. "And that is that the #8 will be a sprinting car. The #7 will be sprinters. And the 'warriors' car will be the third one. The team driving the #9 are the warriors - and in fact they are happy to be called that."

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