In slightly worrying news, Peugeot Sport have admitted that their participation in the Sebring 12 Hours is simply a test for Le Mans 24 Hours later in the year. It’s not unusual for teams to use the race as a practice run for Le Mans, but to be so open about it isn’t a good sign, really.
It may be that they are simply playing down the prospect of a win, as team boss Olivier Quesnel says: “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.”
Franck is teaming up with Sarrazin and Bourdais in the #8 car for the event, which takes place next Saturday, 21st March.
It’s also worth mentioning that we will be live commenting the event over on sidepodcast.com, if you’re interested in following the conversation. More details coming soon – it’s very exciting!