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."