As customer cars become even more popular in the realm of Le Mans, ORECA have announced today that they will now run with the Peugeot 908 for the 2010 season.
ORECA who typically run their own car in a variety of motorsport disciplines, have teamed with Peugeot to create the French manufacturers second customer team behind Pescarolo. The 908 is currently at the end of its development phase is a proven winner that won both the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the Petit Le Mans here in the U.S. An impressive stat considering Audi’s stranglehold on the marquee races. When discussing the matter to the public, Peugeot’s Director of Motorsport Olivier Quesnel had this to say:
“ORECA and Hugues have a proven winning record in several motorsport disciplines over the years, we have consequently chosen this team which we believe is the best qualified to defend Peugeot’s colours. Team ORECA Matmut will run a 908 HDi FAP in the 2010 Le Mans Series, as well as the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours, where its support will be invaluable. I am convinced that our collaboration will be a fruitful one, and that there is every chance it can be extended in the future with the supply of Peugeot engines in 2011.”
That quote coming from Autosport this morning. This adds a bit of a headache for the Audi boys as yet another dominant Peugeot comes to the grid. We are still awaiting Peugeot’s plans for the future, as Audi have ramped up operations for the 2010 season. Will there be an ORECA and Total Peugeot lineup in the International Cup? The R15 is a dominant car, but is awaiting official regulations announcements to determine its legality in competition.