Peugeot takes controversial win at the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup at Zhuhai

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 7, 2010

Peugeot came out triumphant in the new Intercontinental Le Mans Cup at Zhuhai in China. The drivers of the Peugeot 908 HDi, Franck Montagny and Stephane Sarrazin, won in a very close race against the Audi R15 TDI driven by Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish.

In the 1000km event, Montagny and Sarrazin took the lead after the other Peugeot with Sebastien Bourdais at the wheel seemed to deliberately back up Kristensen while Sarrazin was in the pits for the last time.

It wasn’t clear if Sarrazin would get out of the pits in front of Kristensen; however, a slow lap by the delayed Bourdais with the Audi on his tail was critical in permitting the winning Peugeot to get out of the pits in the lead.

Kristensen remained behind Bourdais until Montagny and Sarrazin were about five seconds ahead on the road. McNish made a comment that the tactics taken by Peugeot were a “bitter pill to take at the end of a great season of racing." In addition, McNish criticized a late-race safety-car period that led to Sarrazin's deficit to the Audi being cut from over half a minute to only 12 seconds.

The odd-on favorite to win the Zhunai race was Bourdais along with teammate Simon Pagenaud until the incident that brought out the safety car. With 44 more laps to go, Bourdais tangled with the Felbermayr-Proton Porsche driven by Martin Ragginger, resulting in rear-end damage that needed three laps to fix.

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