Peugeot Confirm Sebring 12-Hour Entry

James BroomheadAnalyst IFebruary 9, 2009

With the American Le Mans Series (and serious sportscar) curtain raiser at Sebring still over a month away, a stellar field appears to be assembling for the 57th running of the once-around-the-clock race.

The latest team to add their name to the list is Peugeot, who will bring two newly overhauled, newly liveried diesel 908s to the race.

The French car maker will now line up along side the new P1 Acuras run by the Patron-Highcroft and De Ferran teams, as well as the new Audi R15. Both cars will make their competitive debuts at the race.

It is also rumoured that the race will see the debut of the new Aston Martin P1 car. However, this is unconfirmed by anyone, but should they make the trip across to Sebring, the race has all the ingredients of a classic.

In the same Press Release, Peugeot confirmed their drivers for the upcoming season. The two Sebring cars will driven by returning Peugeot pilots Nic Minassian, Pedro Lamy, Christian Klien, Franck Montagny and Stephane Sarrazin. They will be joined by new signing Sebastien Bourdais, who will also join the team for Le Mans.

Also confirmed with the French squad was David Brabham. Brabham became a Le Mans free agent as Aston Martin moved from GT1 to P1, not taking the Australian with them. His move would also seem to end any chance of an Acura P1 car at Le Mans this year.

Brabham will join the six Sebring drivers and Marc Gene at the June race, leaving one seat (occupied by Alexander Wurz last year) still open, as both Ricardo Zonta and Jacques Villeneuve are confirmed as having left the team.

Peugeot will also contest the Spa 1000km, a round of the European Le Mans Series in May, with a full three-car team.