Le Mans Series: Pity the poor Peugeot. The LMP1 908 HDI diesel coupe had everything going for it in 2008. Fast, newfound reliability, driving talent, a virtually unlimited budget. The team cars finished first in all but the last round of the Le Mans Series endurance races based on the rules for the les 24 heures as written by the ACO. However, none of that mattered. In the big one that counts, Peugeot lost out to the Audi R10 TDI at Le Mans and the Le Mans Series championship also went by way of Ingolstadt to the tandem of Rockenfeller and Premat, who didn't win a single race but collected enough points for Audi to get the laurels. Somebody has to be the fall guy, so in my e-mail inbox, the following communiqu via the Lion: Following a period of three years of fruitful cooperation together, and by common accord, Paolo Catone and Peugeot Sport have decided not to extend the contract between them which extended until the end of 2008. Indeed, Paolo Catone wishes to give a new direction to his career.
Still want to be a chief engineer for a major manufacturer that wants to go racing?-KM