Further proof that Peugeot's racing program is truly winding down came on Monday when OAK Racing announced Olivier Quesnel joined the board of owner Jaques Nicolet's JN Holding Group.
Quesnel most recently managed Citroen Racing and Peugeot Sport racing activities for the French automakers.
In his new role as competition activities director, Quesnel will take charge of OAK Racing's international expansion, working with existing and future worldwide endurance series including the World Endurance Championship.
He'll also be responsible for the diversification of the team's motorsports activities, with the support of Sebastien Philippe, who remains as OAK Racing's general manager.
Quesnel's work experience includes media and publishing entities; he spent several years as head of the Hommell Press Group and this expertise will assist JN Holding Group's DPPI Media subsidiary.
Speaking of his time with Citroen Racing and Peugeot Sport Quesnel said, "The past four years have been magnificent as I was able to win almost everything on offer as part of a prestigious organization. The page has now been turned and a new, equally interesting challenge has been presented to me," he admitted. "I look forward to giving this ambitious young group--who have already produced great results--the benefit of my experience. I have no doubt [we will] be successful and that this group can become one of the major forces in endurance racing."
Jacques Nicolet realized the great opportunity he had when Quesnel became available. "His experience and knowledge of the industry will open up new horizons and allow us to grow into other sectors where our activities can flourish. Olivier's recent work with and knowledge of the working practices of a major car manufacturer also represents a tremendous asset--not least in view of our desire to forge new partnerships with automotive companies."
OAK Racing has diversified and expanded its holdings over the years, moving from campaigning prototype cars to forming Onroak Automotive, which partners with Conquest Endurance Racing's American Le Mans Series effort, now the sole importer for the OAK-Pescarolo LMP2 prototype in the USA. It also enticed Morgan to join endurance competition; OAK Racing has extensive experience in prototype development through the years.
"What's more," Nicolet added, "Olivier's background in publishing and his knowledge of the media industry make him the ideal candidate to help us provide DPPI Media with fresh impetus. His international expertise in all of these fields directly meets the criteria we were looking for to help drive our group forward."