The issue encountered by the #94 automobile within the opening moments of the Sebring 1000 Miles on Friday after which the #93 early within the second hour was already identified to the staff, Peugeot Sport technical director Olivier Jansonnie defined after the race.
He described it as a difficulty with the actuator, which might be solved with an up to date half in time for the second spherical of the 2023 WEC at Portimao on 16 April.
“We all know we’ve this situation, a weak level on the automobile,” mentioned Jansonnie.
“It’s one thing we’ve labored on, however we couldn’t make it [the update] accessible for this race.
“It doesn’t actually look good, nevertheless it wasn’t such a shock as a result of it’s one thing we find out about. I wouldn’t say that we have been anticipating to have the issue, particularly not so early within the race.”
Jansonnie confused that the actuator glitch was not the identical transmission situation that stricken Peugeot on the 2022 Bahrain WEC spherical, the final of the three occasions it contested final yr, nor on the Prologue pre-season WEC take a look at the weekend forward of the 1000 Miles.
The issue was solved on #94 shared by Loic Duval, Nico Muller and Gustavo Menezes with the lack of 21 minutes, whereas the sister automobile pushed by Paul di Resta, Jean-Eric Vergne and Mikkel Jensen misplaced the identical period of time with a visit again to the storage.
An ignition downside for #93 within the last hour, which additionally value the automobile 20 minutes within the pits, meant it completed thirty first and ninth within the Hypercar class on the finish of the race lasting eight hours.
The #94 automobile was unclassified after spending an extra three hours within the pits with a hybrid system situation.
#94 Peugeot Totalenergies Peugeot 9X8: Loic Duval, Gustavo Menezes, Nico Müller
Picture by: JEP / Motorsport Images
“We had an alarm on the automobile,” defined Jansonnie. “On condition that we had nothing to battle for we wished to determine the issue and be 100% certain the automobile was secure to run on observe with our drivers inside.”
The very best Peugeot time throughout the race was 2.3s off Sebastien Buemi’s quickest race lap within the second-place Toyota GR010 HYBRID.
Jansonnie instructed Peugeot by no means optimised the 9X8 on the bumps of the Sebring Worldwide Raceway, which it skilled for the primary time throughout the Prologue.
“The principle situation was the set-up on the bumps,” he mentioned. “This observe is magnifying some points we’ve had because the starting and we have to work on this.”
Peugeot’s subsequent main take a look at, an endurance run, is scheduled for Paul Ricard in 10 days’ time.