For the past three years, Peugeot has had what has generally been considered to be the fastest Le Mans Prototype in the world, if not always the most reliable. The diesel-powered 908 HDi has consistently won pole positions and races until finally capturing the 24 of Le Mans this year. Throughout that time, the cars have been campaigned by the factory-run Peugeot Sport team.
Private teams have expressed interest in running the 908 for 2010 and Peugeot has decided that Team Oreca will have the first crack at it. Oreca has had nearly twenty years of success running in GT, Touring cars and prototypes including several Le Mans victories. Oreca ran the Dodge Vipers that won the GT2 class in the late 1990s and this year ran an Audi R8 LMS. Hugues de Chaunac's team will run an updated 908 in the full Le Mans Series as well as at the 24 hours in 2010. The team and automaker have not announced whether they will challenge Audi for the inaugural Le Mans Intercontinental Cup.
Peugeot Sport chooses team Oreca Matmut
After taking time to consult the various teams which expressed an interest in running a Peugeot 908 HDi FAP in 2010, Peugeot Sport has finally decided to provide Team ORECA MATMUT with a car. The motor sport record of the Hugues de Chaunac-directed operation provides clear evidence of the team's skill and professionalism, while the team has provided assurances of its ability to source the necessary funding to enter a 2010-specification 908 HDi FAP in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the Le Mans Series.
"ORECA and its director Hugues De Chaunac have a proven winning record in several motor sport disciplines over the years," says Peugeot Sport Director Olivier Quesnel. "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 in 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."