Laguna Seca: Harold Primat race report

Primat and Creation take LMP1 podium at Laguna For the second time in just two weeks, Harold Primat and the Creation team stepped up onto the LMP1 podium -- this time at the challenging Laguna Seca circuit in California. After experiencing no ...

Primat and Creation take LMP1 podium at Laguna

For the second time in just two weeks, Harold Primat and the Creation team stepped up onto the LMP1 podium -- this time at the challenging Laguna Seca circuit in California. After experiencing no major problems throughout the four-hour race, apart from some difficulty in getting the tyres back up to temperature after the five full course caution periods, the Creation finished 9th overall. The Creation CA07-Judd's two drivers, Jamie Campbell-Walter and Harold Primat, joined overall race winners, Allan McNish and Dindo Capello, and their team mates, Marco Werner and Mike Rockenfeller, all of Audi Sport North America, on the podium after taking third place in class.

Team Principal Ian Bickerton was delighted with the result. "I love America! I think two trophies from two races in the American Le Mans Series, we can't ask for more than that. The competition is well stiff out here at the moment and we need to up our game to match theirs. I think we know how to now. We have learnt a lot in the last three weeks out here and hopefully we can pull together a deal to go to Interlagos and finish the season off there. I think we've done a great job, and look forward to being back here next year."

Harold Primat, who started the race for the Creation team and completed almost two hours in the car, was equally pleased with his two-race stay in the United States. "It feels really good to be back on the podium here at Laguna Seca, and to finish the season on a high. It's been a lot of work to get through this race; it's obviously a very competitive series and it's really difficult to compete with Manufacturers now. We have been working hard and trying out best and luckily our best today made the podium in the P1 class. We have been very fortunate and I'm delighted to have had two podiums in the two ALMS races. They seem to know my face a little bit as every time I come here I've been on the podium, and with Creation, so it's a really good ratio. Hopefully I can keep it up. I have one more race to go in Brazil, this time with Pescarolo, and hopefully I can end up with a similar result. I've been very happy with the time with Creation and have enjoyed spending the time driving with Jamie as well. It's been a very good campaign, like last year."

Jamie Campbell-Walter was in awe of the elevated level of competition here in the American Le Mans Series. "What is incredible is that last year P1 and P2 on the grid was the Zytek and the Creation and that, after four hours of racing, Darren Manning (#10 Zytek) and I were still racing hard again this year. But the pace of the manufacturers such as the Acuras, the Porsche Spyders and Audi is incredible. While we improved by seven or eight tenths from last year, they've moved on by about three seconds. But all credit to the team; we've come here and got two podiums from two races and well done to all the sponsors, the team and the Dunlop tyres.

"We had a bit of a problem getting our tyres up to temperature after the safety car periods. While everyone suffered from this a bit, us and Zytek seemed to suffer more than most. In the last stint, we had to stop under green and the Zytek had got in front of us, we were lucky because we put a new set of tyres on just at the crucial moment. Mine came in quicker than his, as a new tyre, and I was able to overtake him in a do or die move at the Corkscrew. I hadn't come all this way to finish 4th -- I wasn't really into that! I'm really pleased."

-credit: www.haroldprimat.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Darren Manning , Allan McNish , Jamie Campbell-Walter , Harold Primat , Marco Werner , Mike Rockenfeller , Dindo Capello