Spa: Harold Primat race report

Podium for Primat and Tinseau at Spa 1000kms Pescarolo Sport's Harold Primat celebrated his first podium of the 2007 Le Mans Series season, with a fine third place LMP1-class finish at the Spa 1000kms. Having qualified in ninth position...

Podium for Primat and Tinseau at Spa 1000kms

Pescarolo Sport's Harold Primat celebrated his first podium of the 2007 Le Mans Series season, with a fine third place LMP1-class finish at the Spa 1000kms.

Having qualified in ninth position overall, Primat's co-driver Christophe Tinseau took the start in the pair's Pescarolo-Judd, avoiding a first corner collision between Jonathan Cochet (Courage) and Stefan Mucke (Charouz Lola) to take sixth at the end of the first lap.

After a strong double-stint, Tinseau handed the car over to Primat in fourth position overall. The Geneva-based driver moved up to third early in his double-stint, overhauling the Rollcentre Pescarolo of Stuart Hall and Joao Barbosa, and handed back to Tinseau well clear of the field behind him.

However, in a race punctuated by four safety car periods, the no.17 Pescarolo was unlucky twice, losing a lap to the RML MG Lola on each occasion due to its track position in relation to the leading Peugeot. That, coupled with a late problem with an oil leak, saw Tinseau drop to fourth overall, but still claim that crucial class podium.

A delighted Primat said "This is my first podium with Pescarolo Sport and it's a really, really great feeling. When I joined this team it was with the aim of getting good results, but unfortunately every time we have been running well this season we've had an issue with the car. So whilst this result has been a long time coming, it feels fantastic because all our hard work has finally paid off. I'd like to thank Henri and the entire team for making this result possible."

However Harold admitted that his double-stint in the middle of the race hadn't been without its challenges. "There were a lot of crashes and most of them seemed to be right in front of me! A few times my reactions had to be quick to avoid cars spinning ahead. However the data shows my lap times were consistent throughout and that is very pleasing."

Tinseau added: "At the end I was a little bit worried because, when we had the oil leak, the warning light on my dashboard was exactly the same as when we retired at the Nurburgring during the last round. Thankfully we were able to finish the race and, although I would have preferred to have been third overall, we had no luck with the safety car. In the end I'm very happy to have been on the LMP1 podium".

Team Principal Henri Pescarolo, who saw his Pescarolo Sport cars finish second and third for the first time this season said: "Harold and Christophe were unlucky twice under the safety car to be on the wrong side of the leading Peugeot and that cost them a couple of laps to the RML Lola which finished third overall. We also had a small problem with an oil leak, but overall I am really happy for the drivers to have taken a superb podium."

-credit: www.haroldprimat.com

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Jonathan Cochet , Henri Pescarolo , Christophe Tinseau , Harold Primat , Joao Barbosa , Stuart Hall