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Jakobsen Named Peugeot Junior Driver

Rising star Malthe Jakobsen signs with Peugeot as a Junior Driver…

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Peugeot has signed Malthe Jakobsen as a Junior Driver for its FIA World Endurance Championship effort.

The 19-year-old Dane, a rising star in prototype racing, will perform simulator work for the French manufacturer and take part in test sessions and race preparation.

Jakobsen previously drove the Peugeot 9X8 during the Rookie Test at the Bahrain International Circuit last November.

“I’m super happy and proud to be able to be part of the Peugeot family who gave me the first opportunity to drive a Hypercar last year in Bahrain,” said Jakobsen.

“Peugeot is a main actor of the automotive industry with heritage and a beautiful history in competition.

“I hope that we will be able to build something really strong together and have a good relationship in the future.

“Hopefully we will reach some of our goals together within the sport.”

Jakobsen will combine his new Peugeot commitments with his European Le Mans Series program with Cool Racing, which will see him make a debut appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans next month.

“When Jean-Marc Finot and Olivier Jansonnie told me about Malthe for the Rookie Test I immediately said yes and I’m glad to have him now in our junior programme,” said Peugeot CEO Linda Jackson.

“Peugeot is forward-looking and the detection of young drivers and rising stars has always been a priority for us for many years. `

“Malthe Jakobsen proved to be a quick young driver with all the required skills and qualities, and we have ambitious plans for him for the future.”

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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