Gautier Bouteiller, car engineer of the #93 Peugeot 9X8, driven by Vergne-Jensen-Di Resta, reports on the first two FIA World Endurance Championship races for the Team Peugeot TotalEnergies. This is an essential start before the team’s official yearly commitment in 2023 and its performance objectives against the competition in the Le Mans Hypercar class.
Gautier Bouteiller will won’t forget any time soon the first drive of the PEUGEOT 9X8 at La Ferté-Vidame, forty kilometres from Paris, a little less than a year ago. A native of Dieppe and a motorsport enthusiast since childhood, without any member of his family being directly involved in these disciplines, the car engineer assigned to the brand new Le Mans Hypercar Hybrid, bearing the number 93, is as surprised by the behaviour of this prototype without a rear wing as he is by the attitude of the thirty or so engineers facing him: “From the outset, I realised that the biggest challenge awaiting me would be to get all these people to communicate with each other. It’s a complex car, the most complex I’ve ever had to make run, and it requires a lot of skills that need to be connected and work in harmony. It’s a great challenge,” says Gautier Bouteiller. His student and professional careers have taken him through Boutsen Racing, Citroën Racing, Hexis, Oak, Oreca and Rebellion, with one conviction: he loves the track, and lives competition. Thanks to these experiences, the Frenchman knows all the subtleties of endurance racing. “I have competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the European Le Mans Series, the Asian Le Mans Series, IMSA, in various categories, both GT and LMP….” An expertise that proves invaluable for Peugeot’s return to endurance racing, after its last experience between 2007 and 2011 with the 908 HDI.