Team Oreca hour 18 update

PlayStation Team ORECA has two cars in the top six after 16 hours of racing and is the highest-placed private entrant at the 70th edition of the Le Mans 24 hours. Both cars have had to undergo gearbox changes during the night, but the number 14...

PlayStation Team ORECA has two cars in the top six after 16 hours of racing and is the highest-placed private entrant at the 70th edition of the Le Mans 24 hours.

Both cars have had to undergo gearbox changes during the night, but the number 14 ORECA Dallara Judd of Stephane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny and Nicolas Minassian lies fifth overall, one place ahead of Pedro Lamy, Olivier Beretta and Erik Comas. The ORECA-run FFSA Chrysler Viper GTS R/T of Jonathan Cochet, Jean-Philippe Belloc and Benoit Treluyer currently lies third in the GTS class after a trouble-free run over the first 16 hours.

"I cannot say that I am pleased with our position, but I can say that always around 8 o'clock in the morning many things can happen," said ORECA's team director Hugues de Chaunac. "We are coming from the night into the day, and at that point the reliability of the cars starts to become a problem.

"We don't have reliability problems with the cars apart from the gearbox which we have changed quickly, but I am very conscious that we still have eight hours of racing left! We started with two cars, not really fast enough, but reliable. Our target was to finish behind the Audis, but I am staying realistic. I would like to fight in the future with Audi - I am not happy to be the best private team, I want to be the best overall."

Montagny, who has enjoyed a total of 45 minutes of sleep since Saturday morning, was happy with his position, fifth overall. "For the moment it is quite good because the Cadillacs have had a problem so we have made up some places," said the Frenchman.

"We have had our own problems, we had gearbox problems, but we have changed them, and our car looks good, the engine very strong. Yesterday during the day there was a lot of debris on the track, but during the night there was a lot more grip on the racing line. The sunshine will be bad today, because that is harder on the cars. We thought it would rain, but it will be hot, so there is more chance of engine problems, but we will have to wait and see."

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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 , Hugues de Chaunac