Harold Primat hour six report

Primat, Tinseau and Treluyer climb the order at Le Mans 24 Hours The ...

Primat, Tinseau and Treluyer climb the order at Le Mans 24 Hours

The #17 Pescarolo-Judd 01 of Harold Primat, Christophe Tinseau and Benoit Treluyer has climbed to seventh overall and second in the unofficial petrol-class after just over six hours of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

For the first time in his fourth visit to La Sarthe, Primat took the start and did a fine job during his double stint. After holding his 11th place off the line, he fought hard with the Courage-Oreca of ex-Monaco GP winner Olivier Panis and stayed ahead during the opening stages.

Strong triple stints from co-drivers Christophe Tinseau and Benoit Treluyer followed, and the #17 car began to steadily climb the order as others hit trouble. They gained positions after problems for the #8 Peugeot 908 HDi and #10 Lola Aston Martin dropped them down the order. They also enjoyed a fight with, and passed, the Dome Judd S102.

Importantly, the Pescarolo-Judd has once again showed excellent reliability with no problems for the #17 car so far.

Harold said: "I made sure I had no problems at the start as the last thing you want in a 24 hour race is contact off the grid! From then on I pushed, but safely and within my limits. I enjoyed the fight with Panis and I was able to keep him behind me for a long time. He used the draft and was faster in certain parts of the track, while I was faster in others. Eventually he got past through the Dunlop Chicane as my car was a bit twitchy and I thought it was better to let him go as he was very close behind.

"After my first pit stop, the traffic was a lot worse and there were a lot of GT cars fighting each other which meant it was difficult to pass them. I had to go offline to get past and as a result got my tyres dirty which affected my lap times a little.

"But to be seventh after more than six hours is excellent news. We have a very consistent pace and everything is going according to plan at the moment. There is still a long way to go though and it's hugely important we stay focused on the race."

-credit: haroldprimat.com

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