Paul di Resta/Mikkel Jensen/Jean-Eric Vergne Peugeot 9X8, Losail International Circuit, 2024

Peugeot disqualified after running out of fuel on penultimate lap


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The Peugeot which lost second place on the penultimate lap of the season-opening WEC race has been disqualified from the results.

The team confirmed its number 93 car stopped less than two laps away from finishing second because it ran out of fuel.

Although Jean-Eric Vergne was able to use the car’s electric motor to cross the finishing line in seventh place, he was unable to return to parc ferme. The number 93 car, which Vergne shares with Nico Mueller and Mikkel Jensen, was therefore disqualified.

Mueller, who led the early stages of the race at the Losail International Circuit in the 9X8, said it was “just unbelievable to run out of fuel on the final lap.”

“We have to analyse what happened,” he said. “It’s a hard one to take, as we really deserved to finish second today.”

Stellantis motorsport senior vice president Jean-Marc Finot said the team “Showed the potential of the car and the team really delivered a great performance. We were right in the mix.

“Unfortunately, there was a refuelling problem at the last pit stop, something we still need to investigate, but it meant that Jean-Eric had to finish the race with the electric motor.”

Peugeot were on course to score their best result to date with the 9X8 in the series. Their previous best was third at Monza last year.

The car’s disqualification promoted the number 50 Ferrari to seventh place. Alpine’s highest-placed A424, the number 35 machine, was promoted to eighth place on its debut. Toyota’s second GR010 rose to ninth and the Proton-run Porsche 963 was promoted to the final points position.

The team’s second car, shared by Stoffel Vandoorne, Paul di Resta and Loic Duval, was provisionally classified 17th. Di Resta was involved in a first-corner collision and the car later spent half a minute in the pits having its battery replaced.

This was the final appearance for the 9X8 in its 2023 specification before a new version of the car appears at the Six Hours of Imola. The team is expected to depart from its unconventional wing-less design.

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3 comments on “Peugeot disqualified after running out of fuel on penultimate lap”

  1. WHAT?!? They got disqualified for being unble to return to parc ferme?? That’s just awful.
    But how does this regulation work when it’s often the case that even cars that do not finish the race get classified? They obviously don’t reach parc ferme either…

    Anybody understands how this works?

    1. No fuel sample = DSQ.

      If a car breaks down or crashes with laps remaining, they will likely still have fuel in it to check legality. Provided they have completed a set amount of the race (90% in most series) they can still be classified.

    2. CD (@clipperdael)
      3rd March 2024, 13:25

      They breached two regulations actually, the sporting regs and the technical regs.

      The technical regulations state that if you use electric power and your speed exceeds 120 kph (ie, as opposed to merely using the electric motor to limp back to the pits following an issue) you have to pull into your pit stall immediately – they didn’t pit but instead continued across the finish line to take the chequered flag.

      The sporting regs say that once you took the chequered flag you then have to also continue on to parc fermé immediately and under your own power – they didn’t do that either but instead came to a stop behind the finish line.

      The penalty for this is disqualification. It doesn’t apply to non-finishers because those cars never received the chequered flag, meaning the rule simply doesn’t apply to them.

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