FIA GT and the Le Mans 24 Hours for Guillaume Moreau
Guillaume Moreau's first season with the Luc Alphand Adventures team yielded a Le Mans Series title in LM GT1, and they have renewed their collaboration for 2009. The man from the Limousin region will drive the French team's Corvette C6.R and has a double objective: fighting for the FIA GT title and taking the battle to the works teams in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
In his first season at the wheel of a GT, Guillaume Moreau showed that he had nothing to envy the top drivers in the category. His Le Mans Series title and his fabulous drive during the night in the Le Mans 24 Hours have left their mark. Guillaume's aim is to build on this experience, and that is why he has chosen to continue his collaboration with the Luc Alphand Adventures team.
Even so, his 2009 season won't be a carbon copy of the previous one. He will tackle a new challenge: the FIA GT Championship. "By entering this championship we're taking on a huge challenge in the form of very experienced teams and drivers. Unlike the Le Mans Series races, there'll be ten cars fighting for victory instead of just two or three! The FIA GT Championship is different from several points of view including the duration of the races. It's based around a sprint formula with seven two-hour rounds and the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours. This mythic race is the key to the season's outcome, as it awards twice as many points as the normal rounds. It'll be very interesting to fight for outright victory. As all the cars on the track are GTs coping with traffic should be easier."
Guillaume will team up with an old friend, Yann Clairy. "We were team-mates in Formula Renault 2.0 and we get on well. I know he's quick and I think we'll form a homogenous pairing. Our aim is to fight for victory in FIA GT. It won't be easy as we'll be up against Maserati MC12s, Aston Martins and the Saleen S7Rs, but I reckon we've got the right weapon with the Corvette C6.R."
The Luc Alphand Adventures team has begun rebuilding Guillaume's Corvette completely to give him the best possible chances in 2009. "Our second year of collaboration has enabled us to get a head's start on the preparation. Pierre-Yves Genon, our engineer, is working on a whole host of details that could make the difference on the track!"
The other part of Guillaume's programme is the Le Mans 24 Hours. "It'll be my third time out in the Sarthe, and I'm as enthusiastic as ever at the prospect of competing in the greatest endurance race in the world. We did a good job in 2008, but next year we're aiming to be on the same pace as the works teams."
While awaiting the first test sessions in January Guillaume isn't letting go of his games console. "Konami, my new partner, has given me the role of ambassador for the mythic GTi+ Club game, which has just been adapted for PlayStation 3. I'm training like crazy to be able to meet the challenges I'll have to face!"