Silverstone: Saulnier Racing preview

Saulnier Racing striving to end season on a high at Silverstone Saulnier Racing are ready to defend third position in the Le Mans Series LMP2 teams' overall standings when the 2008 championship draws to a close at Silverstone this weekend. The...

Saulnier Racing striving to end season on a high at Silverstone

Saulnier Racing are ready to defend third position in the Le Mans Series LMP2 teams' overall standings when the 2008 championship draws to a close at Silverstone this weekend.

The French team, who secured a memorable class podium at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June and finished second in the LMP2 category in the last round of the LMS at the Nurburgring, are the only squad to split the three teams running Porsche RS Spyders in the title standings. They currently lie third overall, seven points behind Team Essex and four ahead of Horag Racing, after a string of impressive results with their new-for-2008 Judd-powered Pescarolo LMP2 chassis.

"We've improved with every single race and the reliability of both the car and our young drivers has been superb," said team manager Francois Sicard. "After such a good season all the team head to Silverstone determined to end the year by holding on to our third position. It would be a superb way to finish and would give everyone a huge boost of confidence as we prepare for 2009."

The team have enjoyed a two-day test at Magny-Cours since the last round in Germany and though neither of the drivers Pierre Ragues or Matthieu Lahaye have ever driven at Silverstone before, Sicard doesn't expect them to be fazed by the challenging circuit.

"Both Matthieu and Pierre have had fantastic seasons and they're still on a high after their excellent performance at the Nurburgring," he said. "The test went really well and we even had some changeable conditions between the dry and the wet. That could prove to be useful preparation for a race in the UK!"

The team's LMP1 car meanwhile will again be driven by gentlemen drivers Jacques Nicolet and Richard Hein, who are targeting a top-ten finish.

"We've learned a lot this year and made some real progress," explained Nicolet. "I've raced at Silverstone before and I know the Grand Prix circuit is difficult. It is very fast and has lots of blind corners so it will be a real challenge for all the drivers. However, I'm confident that, if the car is reliable and we don't make any mistakes, then a strong result is possible."

Pescarolo Automobiles, of which Nicolet is a joint founder, also currently lie third in the manufacturers' standings in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes.

-credit: sr

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Pierre Ragues , Matthieu Lahaye , Richard Hein