Moreau back in a prototype
Guillaume Moreau will start his third Le Mans 24 Hours in one of the Oak Racing Team Mazda France LM P2 Pescarolos. It is a great opportunity for the Frenchman after the Luc Alphand Adventures team decided to end what had been a fruitful collaboration.
"On Friday, when I learned that the Luc Alphand Adventures team manager had decided to end our collaboration, my world caved in," explains Guillaume Moreau. "It's particularly disappointing after what we've achieved since the start of the 2008 season. We were GT1 champions in last year's Le Mans Series, and we were lying third in the FIA-GT Championship after only two races. I'll always have fond memories of the technical squad and my friendship with Luc Alphand remains intact, as he's not directly involved in this decision. I realise that the team has to cope with economic constraints because of its situation, but to find myself without a drive ten days before Le Mans was a huge letdown."
Guillaume and his team immediately began looking for an alternative solution. "Among the opportunities we found, the one from the Oak Racing Team Mazda France was the most attractive. We finalised our agreement on Monday, and I particularly want to thank Jacques Nicolet and Francois Sicard for putting their trust in me."
Guillaume will share the no.35 Pescarolo-Mazda with Mattieu Lahaye and Karim Ajlani. The Magny-Cours-based team was on the podium in the Sarthe last year, and is hoping to repeat this feat with its trio of young drivers.
"It was no secret for anybody that I wanted to drive a proto again one day or another. It's happened rather quicker than expected and overall I'm delighted," smiles the man from the Limousin region. "I feel very motivated at the start of my collaboration with this very professional team. We've already begun working to prepare for the race properly and we're going to intensify our efforts. I'll have my first outing in the car on Thursday."
The Le Mans 24-Hours week starts next Monday with the traditional scrutineering ceremony in the centre of the town. The whole of Wednesday evening (10th June) will be devoted to free practice, and the various pole positions will be decided in Thursday's session. After the Drivers' Parade on Friday afternoon the race will start on Saturday 13th June at 15h00.