Satisfactory qualifying for Team Oreca

Satisfactory qualifying for PlayStation Team ORECA at Le Mans. PlayStation team ORECA has qualified its two Dallara Judd Le Mans Prototypes in sixth and seventh positions overall on the provisional grid, with another four hours of qualifying...

Satisfactory qualifying for PlayStation Team ORECA at Le Mans.

PlayStation team ORECA has qualified its two Dallara Judd Le Mans Prototypes in sixth and seventh positions overall on the provisional grid, with another four hours of qualifying still to come on Thursday evening. The team's FFSA Chrysler Viper GTS R/T is provisionally third in the GTS category, with a sub-four minute time set by Jean-Philippe Belloc.

Says PlayStation Team ORECA principal Hugues de Chaunac: " We lost some time in the first session (7 - 9 pm) in setting up the two Dallaras, as we did not at first find the same set-up as we reached during the test day last month. Everything was fine for the second session (10 pm to midnight) and the best times were set by Stephane Sarrazin and Olivier Beretta. Our Chrysler Viper is working very well, and we have our sights on our fourth victory in the GTS category."

Stephane Sarrazin, who share the number 14 Dallara with Franck Montagny and Nicolas Minassian, comments: "This is a very quick car, and we have worked hard on reaching the ideal race set-up."

The two Dallaras, in fact, set the fastest straight-line speeds overall, Olivier Beretta's timed at 320 km/h before the first chicane and Sarrazin's at 318 km/h. Erik Comas, who drives with Beretta and Pedro Lamy, makes his PlayStation Team ORECA debut in the Dallara, and revels in the experience of handling the open Le Mans Prototype. "There is a bit of buffetting at top speed, but the car feels very stable. When I first tested the car at Dijon I did not have my own seat, but now I am perfectly comfortable in the car, and everything is working the way I like."

Jean-Philippe Belloc drives the FFSA Chrysler Viper with Jonathan Cochet and Benoit Treluyer, set the third quickest time in the GTS class. "We did not set out to set the fastest time in class, but to find an ideal race set-up."

Treluyer is making his Le Mans debut and is driving a Chrysler Viper for the fist time. "It is a steep learning curve, especially when I made my first laps in the dark, but I am learning quickly and I feel comfortable in the car", said the Frenchman, who makes a major conversion from the Formula Nippon series.

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Jonathan Cochet , Franck Montagny , Nicolas Minassian , Stéphane Sarrazin , Pedro Lamy , Benoit Tréluyer , Jean-Philippe Belloc , Erik Comas , Olivier Beretta , Hugues de Chaunac