Which begs the question - will main rivals and fellow dieselists, Audi, bother to turn up? Its motorsports spokesman refused to comment on the company’s 2012 entry, but did say: “We’re sad with the news - Audi’s had some great duels with Peugeot. Our plans will be announced on February 2 - I would hope we will [turn up].”
So, if Audi does make it to La Sarthe, which manufacturers are going to make life interesting in the fastest-in-field LMP1 class? It’s not looking good… Toyota’s in the throes of developing its 2012 LMP1 program, though it’s not competing in the whole campaign. Then there’s Porsche, which is planning a return to the 24-hour race. But it won’t have its car ready until 2014. Oh dear.
Until we hear what Audi’s cooking up, click on for a look back at the legendary racers from the French company.