This busy programme kept the team on its toes as the #93 and #94 Peugeot 9X8s clocked up 93 and 91 laps respectively during the three free-practice sessions, the first of which saw the two cars top the timesheets. The #93 car continued to set the pace in FP2 as the two Hypercars ran different strategies in order to harvest as much information as possible about the circuit’s unique characteristics, as well as data associated with running in the heat of day and in the relative coolness of night-time. One of the keys to success on Saturday will no doubt be the optimisation of tyre-degradation management in the hot weather on the abrasive surface.
In qualifying, Team Peugeot TotalEnergies provided further evidence of the progress it has made by claiming a place on the front row of Saturday’s grid thanks to Paul Di Resta’s time of 1m47.610s in the #93 car. Gustavo Menezes (#94, 1m48.334s) qualified on the second row. The same two drivers will line up for tomorrow’s start in their respective cars.
The 8 Hours of Bahrain starts at 2pm local time on Saturday, November 12, and live coverage of the race from onboard cameras fitted to the two PEUGEOT 9X8s will be available on Peugeot Sport’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/peugeotsportofficial).
For information, Sunday’s Rookie Test will see Team Peugeot TotalEnergies give Maximilian Günther, Malthe Jakobsen and Yann Ehrlacher an opportunity to sample the 9X8. Stoffel Vandoorne’s planned participation has been ruled out by a bout of appendicitis, however. Maximilian Günther will share the #93 car with Mikkel Jensen with the intention of completing a double stint, while Nico Müller, Malthe Jakobsen and Yann Ehrlacher will line up in the #94 prototype.