12 Hours Of Sebring : Peugeot On The Le Mans Trail

By Auto News Log • March 25th, 2010

For the third year running, Team Peugeot Total will be travelling to the United States to use the punishing 12 Hours of Sebring as part of its preparations for its main objective in 2010: a repeat of last June’s win in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The American classic provided an exciting, drama-packed show in 2009 when the Peugeots and Audis were never split by more than a handful of seconds. With three hours remaining, the N°8 908 HDi FAP was challenging hard for the lead when it was forced to pit after picking up a slow puncture. When the chequered flag came down, it missed out onfirst place by a mere 22 seconds… after 12 hours of racing!

This year, Audis has chosen not to attend the event, but the new regulations promise to make the petrol – powered cars– including the Aston Martins – a far more competitive threat.

Peugeot Sport’s Technical Director Bruno Famin recalls that Team Peugeot Total’s mission in Sebring will above all be of a technicalnature: “Contesting the 12 Hours of Sebring has three major advantages for us. To begin with, the temperature is likely to be between 25 and 30°C, which is very similar to what we can expect at Le Mans in June. Sebring serves as first class training, too, with regard to race strategy. […] Sebring provides us with an opportunity to explore the limits of certain mechanical components. […] If what we see calls for modifications, we will have sufficient time to make amends before Le Mans… where we have no intention of taking any risks at all!”

Source: Peugeot


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