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Peugeot prepares for clash with Audi


Peugeot Sport boss Olivier Quesnel says his team’s objective in this Saturday’s Sebring 12 Hour race in Florida, USA is to give its diesel sports racers a thorough shakedown for June’s Le Mans 24 Hours

“Our objective is to prepare for Le Mans. We won't be out to start from pole or set the fastest race lap at all costs by taking unconsidered risks.

“We need to progress on the technical, human and strategic fronts. That said, we won't refuse victory if it comes our way."

Peugeot’s diesel coupes go up against Audi’s new R15 roadster diesel which is also aimed at securing a Le Mans win. Pundits are suggesting the French cars will have the upper hand in Florida.

Peugeot Sport's technical director, Bruno Famin, says that as a circuit, Sebring “is representative of what we will find at Le Mans.

“(Aside from Le Mans), it is the longest race of the calendar, which makes it a first class chance to see how a car stands up to the grime and punishment over a long period of time.

“We should be able to collect a large amount of data because we have entered two cars, compared with just one last year.

“We will be able to put the air conditioning system and the new aerodynamics dictated by the 2009 regulations through their paces.”

Ex-Formula 1 drivers, Nicolas Minassian/Pedro Lamy/Christian Klien, will share one car and Stephane Sarrazin/Sebastien Bourdais/Franck Montagny will drive the other 908 HDi FAP.


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