Since we are newcomers to blogging, we’ll start out with a newcomer to the American Le Mans Series. The French motor company, Peugeot (that’s pronounced ‘poo-joh’ for us yankees), will be debuting in America at the 56th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring race on March 12-15. The driving line-up will include: ex-F1 driver Pedro Lamy, Nic Minassian and Stephane Sarrazin.
Why is this exciting news? Besides the fact that the 908 lapped a blazing 2 seconds faster than last year’s Audi R10 (piloted by Marco Werner) with a 1:42.80 lap time set by Sarrazzin, Peugeot had only started testing their twin-turbo V12 diesel prototype in December 2006 in preparation of the 2007 24 Heures du Mans. With very strong results, Peugeot surely wanted to take another shot at Audi before the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Finally, Audi has some true competition in the LMP1 class. Could it be as exciting as last year’s GT2 class finish between Jorg Bergmeister (Flying Lizard Porsche 997 GT3-RSR) and Jaime Melo (Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT)? I bet it will be.