Guillaume's rostrum finish brings the title a step nearer! Last weekend the Le Mans Series restarted at the Nurburgring after a 3-month break. Luc Alphand Adventures' team had a fairly hectic fourth round, and thanks to the work of the mechanics...
Guillaume's rostrum finish brings the title a step nearer!
Last weekend the Le Mans Series restarted at the Nurburgring after a 3-month break. Luc Alphand Adventures' team had a fairly hectic fourth round, and thanks to the work of the mechanics Guillaume Moreau, Patrice Goueslard and Luc himself finished second in the LM GT1 category in their Corvette C6.R.
Since the start of the 2008 season, Guillaume Moreau and his team-mates have dominated the GT1 category in the Le Mans Series with a couple of victories in Barcelona and at Spa-Francorchamps plus a second place at Monza. Luc Alphand Adventures team's objective was to continue to rack up the points so that they could tackle the final round at Silverstone in a calm state of mind. The Le Mans-based squad decided to take no risks and entrusted the no.73 Corvette to Olivier Beretta and Jerome Policand, while the usual trio of Moreau-Goueslard-Alphand were in no.72.
In free practice Guillaume got down to the job of fine-tuning the set-up to improve his car's driveability. In qualifying the team decided there was no sense in battling for pole and put medium tyres on both Corvettes. Its rival, Aston Martin shod slicks and set the quickest time in the category. Guillaume was happy with his performance: "Olivier Beretta and I set very similar times with only 5/100s between us. I'm very satisfied with my performance as he's one of the top Corvette drivers."
On Sunday, Guillaume again did the first stint of the 1000-km event. After only 20 minutes an incident occurred that was to have serious consequences for no.72's race. 'One of the prototypes tagged me in a tight bend. I didn't really understand what the driver was up to but his front splitter punctured one of my rear tyres. As we touched in the fourth corner I had to do almost a full lap of the track to get back to the pits."
The mechanics did a quick repair job and Guillaume rejoined for a double stint. He pulled back around 15 places before handing over to Patrice Goueslard. Unfortunately, the C6.R was stuck in its pit for a long time. "The refuelling system was damaged when the prototype hit me and we lost fuel. It took the team almost an hour to repair the damage. But they did it!"
It was the start of a new race for no.72. "We had to cover at least 70% of the 195 laps to be classified and score points. Patrice and Luc managed to do so, and we finished second taking advantage of the Lamborghini's retirement. It was an almost undreamed of result given the problems we ran into, and the technical crew deserves the credit for it, as they showed all their skills in what was a very stressful situation."
Thanks to this second place Guillaume can tackle the end of the season in an optimistic frame of mind. "We just need to score one point at Silverstone to win the Drivers' and Teams' titles, which means that all we have to do is finish. But there's no way we're going to relax. This weekend showed just how easily a race can be won or lost!"