Points for Primat and Tinseau at Le Mans Series opener
Harold Primat and Christophe Tinseau enjoyed a solid start to the 2008 Le Mans Series, finishing 7th overall and 6th in the LMP1 class at the season opener in Barcelona.
This year, the burgeoning series contains two works Peugeots, two works Audis, 3 semi-works Porsche Spyders and an Aston Martin powered Lola and, with the standard of competition at an unprecedented level, such a strong start to the season is hugely encouraging for both drivers and the team.
Geneva-based Primat and his French co-driver drove strongly throughout the 1000km race, posting consistent lap times during six hours of racing, while their Pescarolo Sport team provided a bullet proof chassis; the pair's Pescarolo-Judd 01 suffering no mechanical problems during the race.
Starting from 13th on the 48-car grid, Tinseau progressed steadily through the field. Despite losing places during the race's only Safety Car period, Tinseau battled to 9th before handing over to Primat after two hours of racing. Harold continued Christophe's progress, climbing to 7th overall at the end of his two-hour stint.
In the closing couple of hours, Tinseau fought a prolonged battle with the Porsche RS Spyder of ex-F1 star Jos Verstappen, and then with the Audi R10 of Allan McNish, before bringing the car home to score some crucial championship points.
Meanwhile, team-mates Jean Christophe Boullion and Emmanuel Collard finished fourth overall to complete a good weekend for Pescarolo Sport,
Primat said: "We're very happy. 7th overall, 6th in class and the 4th best-placed petrol car is a good result for us. Before the race I would have been happy with a top eight finish considering the hugely improved quality of machinery out there, so a top six is very pleasing. The Pescarolo has shown its reliability with trouble-free races for both cars, so a big thank you to Henri and the team for a superb job ."
Tinseau said: "It's a strong start to the season for us. Harold and I made no mistakes and it's a positive result because the car was only finished on Thursday morning. The team have done a great job here in Barcelona and we're delighted to have finished the race without a single problem."
Henri Pescarolo added: "I'm pleased for Harold and Christophe. There are a lot of quick cars on the grid this year, with the diesel-powered Peugeots and Audis and the Lola powered by the GT Aston Martin engine, so 6th in class is a strong result. We had some problems with the 17 car last year, mainly due to issues arising from one of our suppliers, but here we have proved our reliability, so it's a good start to the season."