Valencia: Harold Primat race report

Points for Primat and Tinseau in 1000km of Valencia Harold Primat and Christophe Tinseau scored crucial Le Mans Series championship points with a comeback performance in the 17 Pescarolo Sport car at the 1000kms of Valencia. Despite starting...

Points for Primat and Tinseau in 1000km of Valencia

Harold Primat and Christophe Tinseau scored crucial Le Mans Series championship points with a comeback performance in the 17 Pescarolo Sport car at the 1000kms of Valencia.

Despite starting at the back of the grid when the car did not fire up for the formation lap, the pair fought back gallantly, with their Pescarolo-Judd 01 showing impressive reliability, closing the gap to the second works Peugeot to just two points in the overall LMP1 standings.

Primat said: "At the start, the mechanics got rushed off the grid before they had the chance to switch on the battery. I did not know what was wrong and I had to wait for the boys to come and help me. That meant we couldn't get away on the warm-up lap and had to start at the back. I was able to work through the GT2 cars fairly quickly, but unfortunately one of the Ferraris didn't see me and we touched very lightly, but in just the wrong place, giving me a puncture. After that though both Christophe and I pushed hard from the back of the field to make a good recovery. After the problem at the start, we would probably have taken sixth place, but the car felt good enough for a podium today so it's a little bit frustrating. In the end it was too difficult to climb back to the top three, but we scored valuable championship points."

Harold's team-mate Christophe Tinseau was satisfied with a top six finish after the maladies of the start, but shared Harold's frustrations. "We had the issue on the formation lap and then a few other small problems during the race which cost us some time. Without these we could have comeback to finish fourth or fifth, but I thought we both drove a good race because we didn't have any incidents working our way up through the traffic, which is a major achievement here!"

Henri Pescarolo felt they had performed well under difficult circumstances. "It's a shame about the start but we forgot to tell Harold that he would need to restart the battery. However the drivers didn't make any mistakes and drove a good race. I thought Harold was better than he had been in practice and that shows he's ideally suited to race conditions."

Race engineer Andre De Cortanze was particularly impressed with a double-stint Harold produce during the race. "It was a very strong double-stint at an important time of the race and that really showed Harold's character after the trouble at the start. He has everything it takes to drive a leading LMP1 car."

-credit: www.haroldprimat.com

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Henri Pescarolo , Christophe Tinseau , Harold Primat