· Paul Di Resta and Loïc Duval took the start of the first race of the Team PEUGEOT TotalEnergies 2023 season
· A result that does not reflects the team’s hard work
· Evolutions will be made to the 9X8 for the European races and the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Paul Di Resta, at the wheel of the #93 PEUGEOT 9X8 and Loïc Duval at the wheel of the #94 took the start of the 1000 miles of Sebring, given by Lyn Saint James, a famous American driver. The two Peugeot Sport drivers started from the 4th and 5th line on the grid, in the middle of a highly-competitive field with six other manufacturers.
Both Peugeot 9X8 had gear box issues in the early hours of the race. Those problems were identified and will be fixed for the next race.
The #93 9X8, returned to the track after repairs and was able to put in some laps until the last hour of the race where it had an ignition problem, that was taken care of quickly, and the car was able to finish the race.
The #94 PEUGEOT 9X8 was stopped following an incident on its hybrid system. The team followed the FIA process and took all the necessary safety measures. The car went back on track after being analysed, and after a complete resolution of the issue and with the guarantee that the car was safe to return on track.
Even if it was hard for the PEUGEOT 9X8 to catch up the field, the drivers did all they could to overcome part of the level of performance of the car while dealing with the track conditions that were not in favour of the two PEUGEOT 9X8.
Both cars could finally be back in the rhythm that was expected for this race weekend and they both crossed the finish line of the Sebring International raceway. This is not the result the Team Peugeot TotalEnergies came for and the team is disappointed that the race does not reflect all the work done on the cars. From tomorrow onward, we will go back to work to add those learnings to the list of improvements that we have to do until June, for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We also wish to offer our congratulations to Toyota Gazoo Racing for their first win of the season.
The team will be back together in a few days in Le Castellet for some testing in order to have a better level of performance in Portimão for the second round of the FIA WEC, the 15th and 16th of April.