Why Peugeot's pull-out was a bombshell

Why Peugeot's pull-out was a bombshell

The world of sportscar racing was stunned by the news of Peugeot's decision to withdraw from Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship this week. Our sportscar guru Gary Watkins explains the ramifications of this massive blow to the sport

As far as bombshells go, this was a 12,000-pounder of an announcement.

Sure, there had been whisperings about cutbacks at Peugeot Sport, but for every rumour suggesting that it would run just two cars at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, there was another hinting at four. Few of us doubted that the French manufacturer was going to build on its 2011 successes with the second-generation 908 and once again lock horns with Audi in the new FIA World Endurance Championship.

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