Team Peugeot TotalEnergies Leads the Way in Qatar Ahead of the New FIA WEC Season by 1812km


Team Peugeot TotalEnergies is gearing up to kick off the 2024 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Prologue on 24-25 February at Lusail, Qatar, followed by the race on 2 March. The team is set to compete with two 2023 versions of its PEUGEOT 9X8 as they aim to build on the lessons learned from the previous season and make the most of their current model before transitioning to the 2024 version.

### Preparing for an Exciting New Season
With the start of the new season, Team Peugeot TotalEnergies is looking forward to competing in what promises to be a thrilling year in the FIA WEC. The field features a high level of competition with nine manufacturers and 19 Hypercar entries, making it one of the most competitive seasons yet.

### Challenging Race Conditions at Lusail
The opening round at Lusail International Circuit is set to present a significant challenge for the team, with around ten hours of racing scheduled on the 5.38-kilometre track. This endurance event is second in length only to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans, testing both drivers and machinery to the limits. The hot conditions expected during the race will add an extra layer of complexity, making strategy and reliability key factors for success.

### Preparations and Development for Success
During the off-season, Team Peugeot TotalEnergies focused on developing both the current 2023 PEUGEOT 9X8 and preparing for the upcoming 2024 model. The team had to balance the ongoing improvements to the current car with the development roadmap for the new model, ensuring they are ready for the transition by the next round at Imola in April. This meticulous planning and preparation reflect the team’s determination to achieve the best possible results on the track.

### Driving Strategy and Optimizing Performance
According to Olivier Jansonnie, Peugeot Sport Technical Director, reliability will be crucial for the team in Qatar. Building on the experience gained in previous races, the team is ready to deliver a flawless performance with the support of new tools and technologies. By focusing on error-free driving, reliability, and strategic planning, Team Peugeot TotalEnergies aims to maximize their results on the track and compete at the highest level.

### Adapting to New Challenges
While the track at Lusail will be unfamiliar to many competitors, the Prologue provides an opportunity for teams to familiarize themselves before the race. Team members have been using simulators to prepare for the new season, allowing drivers to learn the nuances of the track and the PEUGEOT 9X8. Engineers have been working on fine-tuning the setup of the car and preparing for different race scenarios to ensure the team is ready to respond quickly during the event.

### Balancing Performance and Competition
One final variable for the team to consider is the Balance of Performance (BoP) adjustments that will be made before the opening round. Jean-Marc Finot, Senior VP of Stellantis Motorsport, noted that the PEUGEOT 9X8 will be positioned closer to the performance of its top competitors, setting the stage for exciting competition on the track. The team’s goal is to compete for leading positions and showcase their determination and drive at the start of the new season.

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