Sebring 12 Hours
Sebring, H+2 : Team ORECA-Matmut in the top 3
After a good start, the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP of Nicolas Lapierre, Loic Duval and Olivier Panis is maintaining position in the top 5.
In the Floridian heat, the Team ORECA-Matmut made a good start to the 12 Hours of Sebring. Two hours into the race and after several full-course yellow flags, the No. 10 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP is currently in third place, behind the No. 8 Peugeot 908 and the No. 2 Audi R15, with Loic Duval driving..
It was Nicolas Lapierre who took the start: “Everything went well. No problems. There was nothing I could do against the Audis. We tried to follow their rhythm and we were close even if I didn’t have much success in traffic. After our first pit-stop, with new tyres, I was able to come back. The car was really good. For the moment we aren’t taking many risks: the goal is to stay on the same lap as the leaders. The track is very dirty, but the car is handling like it did during practice.”
Race Action :
Fifth at the start, Nicolas Lapierre has a good start and keeps his position in the top 5 . As the two factory Peugeot 908 lead, he follows the No. 1 Audi while widening the gap to the Highcroft Honda. Twenty minutes into the race, the safety car is deployed for an incident. Following a misunderstanding, the Team ORECA-Matmut Peugeot 908 HDi FAP dives into pitlane but is stopped at the red light. The team completes its pitstop two laps later, rejoining the race in 15th place. Nicolas pushes to make his way to 4th position as the second hour begins. He has regained advantage over the Honda while the No.1 Audi experiences two flat tyres. After 90 minutes, just before the second yellow flag period, Loic Duval takes over at the controls taking the restart in 3rd place after the No. 2 pits. As he defends his position against the Honda, the yellow flag is shown once again with the safety car on the track after an incident in GT2..
-source: team oreca-matmut