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Di Resta part of Peugeot Hypercar driver swap

- GARY WATKINS

Paul di Resta has swapped cars as part of a reshuffle of Peugeot’s World Endurance Championsh­ip line-up for 2024. The Scot is moving over to the share the #94 car with Loic Duval and Stoffel Vandoorne.

Ex-force India and Williams Formula 1 driver di Resta has effectivel­y exchanged places in the Hypercar class squad with Nico Muller. Last season the Swiss was teamed with Duval and Gustavo Menezes in #94, and this time will line up alongside Jean-eric Vergne and Mikkel Jensen in #93.

Peugeot Sport technical director Olivier Jansonnie described the driver crews as “an important part of the jigsaw.” He explained that the swap around was part of a drive

“to improve everywhere we can”.

“We are lucky to have six highly talented drivers, so we decided to optimise each car by grouping together the drivers in terms of their set-up preference­s, the aim being to deliver improved performanc­e,” explained Jansonnie. “The standard in the WEC is such that you cannot afford to neglect any aspect.”

Peugeot has yet to officially launch its 2024 WEC programme and reveal the extent of the upgrades to its avant-garde Le Mans Hypercar.

Di Resta is going to have a busy 2024. Already part of the United Autosports IMSA Sportscar Championsh­ip assault, he will now also contest the European Le Mans Series in one of the Anglo-american team’s ORECA-GIBSON 07s. He has been brought in to replace Filipe Albuquerqu­e, who will be concentrat­ing on his IMSA GTP campaign with Wtrandrett­i. Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Fabio Scherer has already been announced for the #23 entry that di Resta will pilot, but the spot for the silver-rated driver has yet to be filled.

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