Audi / Peugeot Rivalry 2010 at an End? Word Is R15 vs. 908 Battles Could Be Over.
by, 06-15-2010 at 09:32 AM (9590 Views)
As we packed up our gear to head out of the Le Mans circuit on Sunday following Audi's awesome 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans in the wake of continued engine failures from the speed dominating Peugeots we found ourselves amidst a really interesting conversation with a person "in-the-know" with Peugeot and what he told us, if true, is quite significant.
Not surprisingly, Peugeot was not pleased with the trouncing they received at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With such a blistering pace at their disposal, the race was seemingly their to lose. In the end, reliability reigned supreme and that strategy helped Audi win the race. Clearly three of the four Peugeots going out with similar problems the car clearly needs additional development to assure a successful continuation of the season.
According to our source, this won't happen. All resources will go toward development of the all-new 2011 Peugeot prototype that is expected to compete against the upcoming Audi R18. The 908 is "one for the museum" we were told, and that Peugeot Sport will not return to face Audi at key Intercontinental Cup races like Petit Le Mans this year. We neglected to ask about a continuation in the Le Mans Series in Europe where Peugeot is a staple and where 908s racing on Sunday directly help sell road-going Peugeots on Monday. Dropping Petit isn't all that critical on the sales side so is perhaps a more likely scenario. Granted, our source was not on the official record but his statements seem logical.