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ELMS Drivers’ reactions after the 4 Hours of Le Castellet

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Pubblicato da in NEWS MOTORSPORT · 17 Aprile 2019
Martin Hippe, #13 Inter Europol Competition: “The start was very difficult in all the traffic. I lost a lot of places as I was pushed onto the run off area. After the first two laps my stint was quite ok. The car was very difficult to drive, but I adapted myself to it. In the middle of my second stint I suffered a slow puncture, my front right tyre lost air. But I could continue till the tyre collapsed completely and then came in and handed the car to Nigel. Nigel pushed really hard and got us on the podium.”
Nigel Moore, #13 Inter Europol Competition: “It was hard and not easy. But that is ok by me, so I just pushed. I started from the back of the LMP3 field and pushed my way to the front. I just needed one more lap to move up to second place, but I just ran out of time.”
Colin Noble, #7 Nielsen Racing “It was quite a trick race from P6 at the start and we held that initially and then started to pick them off. It was tough as we were a little down on top end speed on the straight and pretty quick in sectors one and two due to the setup we had, so this made passing a little tricky in traffic. Once in clear air though, we were the quickest car on track though and hunting the leaders down. The car was great; it’s been a good weekend for us in both ELMS and the Michelin Le Mans Cup.”
Bruno Senna, #43 RLR MSport: “It was a very good race and a particularly effective learning experience for the entire RLR MSport team. In fact, the result is better than expected, given that everything came together so last minute. My teammates, John (Farano) and Arjun (Maini), did a great job, the pit stops were all on point and the level of car preparation was high, so the potential is there. This being the team’s first LMP2 race weekend, it was always going to be very difficult to achieve a big result, but eighth is a fair outcome and we will only do better the next time out when we will have more scope to push harder.”
Alexandre Coigny, #37 Cool Racing: “As all the Bronze drivers that make their LMP2 debuts I lost time in the traffic, but I’m quite happy. We are starting to reap the fruit of our efforts. This is a year of learning and I need to improve myself especially facing such competition.”
Antonin Borga, #37 Cool Racing: “The best thing is that we are always improving the car. We found a good setup and a good balance. During my first stint I was missing power but for the second, before handing the car to Nico (Lapierre), it was perfect and consistent. For a first race this is great. The mechanics worked really well.”
Nicolas Lapierre, #37 Cool Racing: “The development of the car all week long since the Official Tests was really satisfying, and I wish I could aim the first row during the qualifications. Of course, the season is just starting and we should not under estimate our opponents that are very strong at all levels.”
Will Stevens #23 Panis Barthez Competition: “With our new tyre manufacturer, we have to learn everything again. During the tests, we struggled to find the good balance. I think most of our problems were track-related. We know where we start from and we will find out how to make progress. Starting from Monza. “
Timothé Buret #24 Panis Barthez Competition: “I had a great start where I gained three places. Unfortunately, the lack of grip arose too quickly. Driving the car was very tricky, as losing control was a constant threat. We knew it would be difficult and despite all the hard work we did during the tests, we haven’t found all the solutions yet. But I am confident for Monza.”



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