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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A day of records at Le Mans

Peugeot stunned Audi in the first day of qualifying for the Le Mans 24 hour race, storming to the front at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans as Stephane Sarrazin set a record with a lap of 3:18.513 (153.578 mph).

The three diesel-powered Peugeot 908s topped the sheets, while Audi's three R10 TDIs were third through sixth. Allan McNish led the best of the Audis with a time of 3:24.105 (149.370 mph).

Audi said it was focusing on race pace and not overall speed, the official race Web site reports.

In LMP2 Porsche’s Sascha Maassen was fastest with a time of 3:33.441 (142.836 mph) in the Team Essex Porsche RS Spyder, another record on a day of shattered records.

Corvette Racing's two C6.Rs were 1-2 in GT1, while in GT2, Jörg Bergmeister set the provisional pole time with a class record time of 4:00.106 (126.974 mph) in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

Nearly 45,000 fans came out to view the action. With talk of rain for tomorrow’s second day of qualifying, those fans may have seen the laps that count today.

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