Guillaume and Luc Alphand Aventures champions!
Guillaume Moreau and Luc Alphand Aventures have led the LM GT1 category in the Le Mans Series since the start of the season, and they tackled the final round with the aim of winning both the drivers' and teams' titles. Their rostrum finish meant mission accomplished for the Le Mans-based outfit and the young Frenchman.
After the Nurburgring 1000kms Luc Aventures team had a 10-point lead over the Modena Aston Martin squad. Ten points equals a victory so the aim for the no.72 Corvette C6.R was to finish the race and score at least 1 point.
Practice took place in changeable weather conditions, and then it was brilliantly sunny when qualifying began. Guillaume was held up on his first run by a GT2 on his quickest lap. He pitted before going out for another try. "I set the third-fastest time in GT1 6/10s off pole. It's a good result as we opted for safety putting on medium tyres, which we have to use at the start of the race. I'm happy as I feel that we're quicker than at the Nurburgring. Even if the title is our no.1 aim, we'll go for a third victory if the opportunity arises."
Thanks to a clever strategy Guillaume took the category lead at the start of the race. Unfortunately, his 40-second advantage was reduced to nothing due to a loose wheel. "I felt there was a problem at the rear and I preferred to stop to allow the mechanics to find out what it was. In fact, a wheel was coming loose -- another lap and I'd have lost it! This unscheduled stop cost us a minute. From then on our aim was to reach the finish." After Patrice Goueslard's stint Guillaume got back behind the wheel and drove till the chequered flag. Once again he showed his stamina as he spent 62% of the race in the car.
Luc Alphand Aventures finished third at Silverstone and was on the rostrum to celebrate its title. "It's a great reward as it was far from being a foregone conclusion at the start of the season," Guillaume stated. "We never had the quickest car, but everybody did their bit. Philippe Poincloux was an excellent race strategist; the mechanics did an exceptional job in the pits; I added my turn of speed and my team-mates were always able to keep up the pace. To sum up, nobody made any mistakes this season and that's the key to our titles, which we won in the best endurance tradition. I'd like to thank everybody for this exceptional year and I hope we'll share other successes in the future."