Sunday, June 14, 2009

Peugeot Diesel wins at Le Mans

With an impressive performance Peugeot won the 24 hours of Le Mans yesterday. Again it's Diesel power coming in first, second and third (Peugeot, Peugeot and Audi). The Aston-Martin Lola became forth and was best the best gasoline car. Audi had built a very innovative car for this year's event, but it wasn't reliable enough. No real surprises though, but still good racing dynamics and a few incidents.
But was it really a good event? Public interest seems to fade away. Compared to the Sixties or Seventies when Le Mans was probably one of the most important motorsports event of the year other events have overtaking Le Mans. Newspaper journals show little or no coverage of the event and TV/Radio took little notice too. It's a pity! Remember the times where Porsche (908, 917, 956) raced against Ferrari (P4, 312, 512) or Matra. Or the good years when Jaguar, Aston, Cobra or Ford tried to win the race.
By the way, of course, all the 60ies and 70ies cars ran on gasoline, not on diesel. But I wouldn't look here for a reason of the declining public interest.

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