Hungaroring: Team ORECA-Matmut qualifying report

Team ORECA-Matmut : Concentrated on the race... The no.4 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP will start the Hungaroring 1000 kms from the second row of the grid. Olivier Panis, Nicolas Lapierre and Stephane Sarrazin are aiming for victory in a car that has ...

Team ORECA-Matmut : Concentrated on the race...

The no.4 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP will start the Hungaroring 1000 kms from the second row of the grid.

Olivier Panis, Nicolas Lapierre and Stephane Sarrazin are aiming for victory in a car that has proved quick in race set-up.

At 16h00, the Team ORECA-Matmut Peugeot 908 HDi FAP will start the race from fourth place on the grid on this very twisty circuit. Like many of the Le Mans Series teams, the French squad had its first taste of the Hungarian track yesterday in the three free practice sessions. The drivers got down to the job of finding the best set-up for the 908 on a circuit on which it had never run before. Olivier Panis, Nicolas Lapierre and Stephane Sarrazin steadily improved the car, dominated the first two sessions and ended the day pleased with their work. Rather than going for out-and-out performance, they concentrated on optimizing the race setup, and carried out long runs with a full tank on worn tyres, a very important parameter given the very hot conditions.

Qualifying confirmed the speed of the LM P2s, which are in their element on this type of layout. Even if the Team ORECA-Matmut is starting from row 2, their aim is the same a second victory on the trot after Portimao..

"We decided to go out at the start of the session and I ran into a lot of traffic," explained Panis. "Unfortunately, I was baulked by another car during my three quickest laps. It's a bit frustrating as I was pleased to be entrusted with the job of qualifying. We were hoping for better even if we knew it would be difficult on this layout. But I'm not worried about the race. I know our level of performance and the car's consistency. It's handling well and the race will be long, especially here as traffic management is going to be a big challenge."

"On such a twisty circuit, we were a bit afraid that we wouldn't be the quickest over a lap," added Hugues de Chaunac. "So we worked on the race setup. We'd have preferred to be on the front row: the race will be more intense, more difficult. On the other hand, it'll be good experience for us, which is another of our aims here at the Hungaroring. We'll have to put on an intelligent performance both in the pits and out on the track. Our mission is the same the topmost step of the podium!"

The Hungaroring 1000 kms starts at 16h00. Stephane Sarrazin will do the first stint followed by Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Panis. Rendez-vous on ORECA-Racing.com, Twitter and Facebook to follow all the race action!

-source: oreca

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Olivier Panis , Stéphane Sarrazin , Nicolas Lapierre , Hugues de Chaunac