ARCHIE TESTS FORMULA LE MANS LMP2 ORECA CAR AT MAGNY COURS
Archie took another massive leap in his Le Mans career by getting behind the wheel of a prototype sportscar for the first time today when he tested a Formula Le Mans LMP2 Oreca car.
The 19 year old from Basingstoke is looking for the best career move for 2011. Formula Le Mans was by the created by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), organisers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as part of a ladder system for young and upcoming drivers in endurance racing, so was a logical choice for Archie to explore.
Team Hope Polevision Racing ran the Oreca 6.2 litre V8 protoype at Magny Cours today and Archie took the wheel for 30 laps. The Formula Le Mans Cup runs in the main Le Mans Series races and is designed as a low cost introduction class.
"I'm very lucky to have several options for series to race in next year. Formula Le Mans looked a good choice bearing in mind that my goal is Le Mans. I was very hopeful that it would feel right but it was more than that -- it was amazing! The car felt very strong and powerful but the braking was fantastic and it all just worked brilliantly. I know I have a lot to learn and this felt like an ideal place to push myself and learn without going too far. It's now a case of finding the budget to secure a seat with Hope Polevision Racing or one of the other top teams. Racing in the Le Mans Series itself would be a dream and a big step closer to my dream of winning Le Mans itself."
Stuart Hall, driver coach
"Archie did a very good job today. He had a relatively short time in the car to take in a lot of information. He was given a brief and he fulfilled it very proficiently. He was consistent and learning lap after lap. The team was very pleased with his attitude, feedback and the way he worked with the engineers, which shows he's not just got the pace but the intelligence to be a successful endurance racer. From what I saw today Formula Le Mans is definitely a good place for Archie to be aiming."