The Peugeot-Audi battle has headlined the
International Le Mans Series in recent years

I was fortunate enough to witness the 2010 Autosport 1000km endurance event at Silverstone, featuring the full International Le Mans Series line-up as the English round of the ILMS Championship. The feature field of this event is the Prototype-1, or LMP1, class, which has been dominated in recent times by the two diesel-powered factory teams, Peugeot and Audi.

It has seemed over the past year that LMP1, maligned of late thanks to a shortage of manufacturer interest, was on the path to revival with Toyota returning for the 2012 season, Honda back as an engine provider, a Porsche comeback pencilled in for 2014 and a possible BMW entry for the year or two after that.

But out of the blue, Peugeot declared last month that it is to discontinue its Le Mans programme with immediate effect, leaving a gaping hole in the 2012 entry list.

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