Creation Autosportif, making their debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, today finished the toughest of all endurance races in 15th place overall and 7th in class. The Bicester-based team battled against technical problems, intense heat and a race of attrition to take the chequered flag at 4pm - at times against the odds.
Team Founder, Michael Jankowski: "I'm glad it's over! It's the first time for us at Le Mans and it's so emotional, even for people like me who've been here before. It's a very special deal to compete though. Naturally I'm disappointed we didn't do better but in reality we finished which not that many did. We showed great pace and great team work. The team were fabulous and really stuck it out which, we know from other 24 Hour races we've done, you never give up."
Team Principal, Ian Bickerton: "Fantastic. About two o'clock this morning I was going to pack it in and run off but fortunately our crew kept the car out and we are going to come back next year and do better. Let's go and get drunk!!"
Jamie Campbell-Walter: "To finish the race is an experience, a first for me. Something I've wanted to do for a long time and one thing to strike off the list. I suppose the next thing to do is finish on the podium and then after that to win the race! I've got to say our reliability record hasn't been the best in the last few years and here we are finishing Le Mans, which is a good thing for the rest of the season. Everyone has done a fantastic job and I can't thank Mike, Bicks and the whole team enough. Andy and Nic have done a fantastic job too and I just feel a bit guilty about my error but that's racing. All in all, it's up there with one of the best days in my life."
Nicolas Minassian: "Today was not what we thought we would do, but you don't often end up doing what you think you will do, especially at Le Mans. You always want to do better and I know I am often very selfish or greedy. If I'm second, I'm not happy as I want to be first. We finished the race and are very happy but we would have liked a podium and then, when I'm on a podium, I like to win the race. The team were fantastic, Michelin came up with a helluva good set of tyres and the Judd engine survived for the whole race. Everyone did a good job and although we had lots of little bits and pieces of problems, I'm sure the team's going to work on them and this will make us come back even stronger. All this experience will make Creation a force to be reckoned with."
Andy Wallace: "It was a tough one, and I'm happy for the team to get the car to the end. It was one of those races where things kept going wrong and we didn't give up. The whole race was one of attrition, and very, very hot - the hottest for quite a few years - and you could tell. The car count at the end was quite small."