Guillaume Moreau 2009 season preview

Guillaume Moreau's high hopes Guillaume Moreau, the reigning Le Mans Series LM GT1 champion, is setting himself new challenges for the 2009 season. The Frenchman will share the Luc Alphand Adventures team's Corvette C6.R with Dutchman Xavier ...

Guillaume Moreau's high hopes

Guillaume Moreau, the reigning Le Mans Series LM GT1 champion, is setting himself new challenges for the 2009 season. The Frenchman will share the Luc Alphand Adventures team's Corvette C6.R with Dutchman Xavier Maassen in the FIAT GT Championship. He will also race in his third Le Mans 24 Hours in the Sarthe-based team's Corvette.

Over the past two seasons Moreau was involved in two programmes, one in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and the other in the Le Mans Series, in both of which he scored victories. 2009 marks a turning point in his career as he is dedicating himself 100% to endurance racing in the year in which he celebrates his twenty-sixth birthday. "I've shown what I can do in single-seaters. I raced with Hamilton, Vettel and Sutil and I was on the rostrum with them. Despite that, I would only be fooling myself if I go on thinking that the doors of Formula 1 will open to me one day. Everybody has his own destiny. Today, I feel that my future lies in endurance and I'm convinced that it's the form of racing that will predominate in the years to come. The programmes announced in the last few months have only reinforced my conviction."

After making his prototype debut in 2007, Moreau joined the Luc Alphand Adventures team last year to drive a Corvette C6.R. "I've learned a lot from the team. I did my apprenticeship in GTs and I'm proud that I finished my first season in the category without making any mistakes. We had rostrum finishes in all the races and our two wins helped us to the Le Mans Series title. Today, I want to set myself new aims."

The Frenchman's ambition is to move even higher up the ladder, and he will race in the FIA-GT Championship as well as the Le Mans 24 Hours at the wheel of the Luc Alphand Adventures team's Corvette C6.R. "It's a logical follow-on. After out title in the Le Mans Series in our first season I wanted to aim higher. The FIA-GT Championship, which will become an official FIA World Championship next season, is a fantastic challenge. Despite the difficult economic climate we've managed to set up an ambitious programme, and the Le Mans 24 Hours will be the high point of the season for us. Last year we were very quick finishing just behind three works cars. This year we can upset the applecart in GT1 with Luc Alphand Adventures. We've also got high hopes for the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours, which is a crucial race in FIA GT, due to its fame and the points allocation."

Moreau is a rookie in a championship that is very different to the Le Mans Series, and he will share his car with Xavier Maassen, a former rival from Formula Renault 2.0 and then Formula Renault 3.5. "Xavier has already got some experience in the FIA GT Championship, in which he drove in 2008 in a Corvette winning a race. He's a quick, consistent and professional driver.

"It's a very motivating programme," Guillaume continues. "Unlike last season we'll be battling for overall victory in FIA GT. I know that the team, the car and us drivers are capable of winning. This being said my sole aim is victory, finishing in the first three, why not the title! During our first test on the Portimao circuit we were already as quick as the Maseratis. I've got no worries about the car's reliability, which is one of the team's strong points, or our top speed. I know that I've still got a lot of work to do on driver changes, which shouldn't take more than fifteen seconds. I'm going to spend time training with Xavier. Pacing the FIA GT races, which are two-hour sprints, will also be crucial and we're counting on Xavier's experience in this area."

Guillaume presented his 2009 programme a few days ago in Limoges in the Clos des Cedres. During an evening attended by Luc Alphand, Philippe Poincloux and Xavier Maassen, the two hundred guests got their first glimpse of the Corvette C6.R and sat in the driver's seat of this prestigious GT car.

-credit: gm

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Series Le Mans , Road racing
Drivers Luc Alphand , Xavier Maassen , Guillaume Moreau