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    Peugeot “within the combine” now with WEC Hypercar after Bahrain finale

    Olivier Jansonnie, technical director of the programme, believes that the tempo within the opening phases of the eight-hour race earlier than each automobiles hit issues proves the 9X8 was rather more of a aggressive proposition on its newest outing within the WEC.

    “We have been rather more within the combine right here in Bahrain, as we demonstrated throughout the early a part of the race,” he mentioned following the third race begin for the automotive after Monza in July and Fuji in September.

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    “We have been fairly glad originally.

    “After two stints after we began having points, so the tempo doesn’t say loads anymore.

    “However the first two stints have been fairly good in that respect.”

    The development for Peugeot final weekend adopted a 12kg discount within the minimal weight of the automotive underneath the Steadiness of Efficiency in addition to a small energy discount for Toyota.

    Jansonnie admitted that Peugeot nonetheless has work to do over lengthy runs and double stints on the tyres.

    “It’s in all probability one thing we have to work on, engineering-wise,” he mentioned.

    Paul di Resta transformed his entrance row beginning place into second place at first within the #93 Peugeot and was by no means greater than 5 seconds behind race chief Sebastien Buemi’s Toyota GR010 HYBRID previous to the primary spherical of pitstops.

    He dropped to 3rd place behind the second Toyota throughout the stops and was simply over 20s in arrears of Buemi when the automotive stopped out on monitor with a gearshift difficulty shortly earlier than the top of the second hour.

    #93 Peugeot Totalenergies Peugeot 9X8: Paul Di Resta, Mikkel Jensen, Jean-Eric Vergne

    #93 Peugeot Totalenergies Peugeot 9X8: Paul Di Resta, Mikkel Jensen, Jean-Eric Vergne

    Photograph by: JEP / Motorsport Pictures

    Di Resta, who shared the #93 automotive with Jean-Eric Vergne and Mikkel Jensen, was capable of get going and after a four-minute keep within the storage Vergne returned to the monitor and set quickest lap of the race.

    The #93 Peugeot subsequently retired within the sixth hour when the automotive misplaced fourth gear.

    Jansonnie acknowledged that he believed the 2 transmission issues have been associated however recommended that additional evaluation was required to make sure.

    The second Peugeot additionally stopped on monitor with group newcomer Nico Muller on the wheel simply three laps after di Resta.

    This drawback encountered by the automotive Muller shared with Loic Duval and Gustavo Menezes was unrelated to that suffered by #93, in keeping with Jansonnie.

    The gasoline pump was subsequently modified with the lack of eight minutes when Duval stopped late within the fourth hour.

    The #93 Peugeot ended up ending fourth, six laps in arrears of the profitable Toyota.

    Jansonnie believes that the 9X8 continues to be on upward development when it comes to reliability regardless of the issues encountered in Bahrain.

    “The automotive continues to be very younger and now we have some new issues,” he mentioned.

    “Fuji [in September] was fairly optimistic, this race a bit much less.

    “However typically I feel the development continues to be the identical: you may have some ups and downs.”

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