The French producer is able to hearken to privateers who would possibly need to run a number of 9X8s, Peugeot Sport boss Jean-Marc Finot revealed on the debut of the automotive on the Monza WEC spherical final weekend.
“If we now have the chance to have extra Peugeots on the grid we’d be fairly blissful,” stated Finot, who additionally heads up motorsport throughout the Stellantis group of which Peugeot is a component.
He defined that might contain a sponsor desirous to again an extra automotive on the Le Mans 24 Hours or an unbiased staff seeking to run one within the full season.
“It’s a manufacturing unit programme and we’re focussed on that, nevertheless it doesn’t imply that if a buyer is we wouldn’t research the case,” he stated.
“However we now have to make sure the assist that will be mandatory for the client wouldn’t hurt the efficiency of the manufacturing unit staff or the manufacturing unit programme. Every little thing is feasible.”
Finot’s feedback signify a change in rhetoric from Peugeot, which has all the time billed the 9X8 as a strictly manufacturing unit programme.
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He harassed that thus far there had been no discussions about including to the Peugeot roster and laid down no timescale for when the availability of buyer vehicles could be attainable.
A 3rd full-factory automotive at Le Mans subsequent yr was dominated out by Finot except there’s a tie-up with an out of doors sponsor.
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Peugeot does have historical past of supplying buyer vehicles throughout its earlier top-flight sportscar marketing campaign with two generations of the 908 turbodiesel LMP1.
It loaned a 908 HDi to Pescarolo Sport for Le Mans in 2009 and subsequently to ORECA in 2010 and ’11.
ORECA competed at Le Mans and within the Le Mans Sequence in 2010, profitable one race, after which a combined programme of occasions the next season.
The French staff claimed victory within the Sebring 12 Hours in 2011 with its V12-powered automotive when the 2 second-generation 908s with a V8 engine encountered issues on their race debuts.
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