24 Hours of Le Mans, H+4: Team ORECA-Matmut leading LMP2 !
Four hours into the race, the #48 ORECA 03 driven by Alexandre Prémat, Dominik Kraihamer and David Hallyday are leading the LMP2 class.
Five stints in a row for Alexandre Prémat and nearly four hours behind the wheel!
In its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Team ORECA-Matmut ORECA 03 is dominating the LMP2 category after four hours of racing. Starting in second position the Prémat/Kraihamer/Hallyday trio got faster as the laps ticked by. Leading after forty minutes, Alexandre Prémat would only lose the top position during the normal pit rotations. The French driver, who spent 3 hours 58 minutes at the controls, gapped the closes rival by more than 2 minutes.
“Everything went very well,” confides Alexandre after getting out of the car. “The Honda/Strakka missed his start a bit, so I was able to take second place. Once in the lead, I didn’t worry about the gap. I didn’t look to attack any more than necessary. I conserved a safety margin and followed my own pace. The car is excellent and really nice to drive. Four hours on track is exhausting, but physically I feel very good (smiles)!”
After qualifying third in LMP2, Alexandre Prémat gets a good start and takes over second position quickly, running between the Signatech ORECA 03 and #49 OAK. As the race continues, he reaches the leader: the gap is less than two seconds after 20 minutes of racing. As the first pitstops happen, the Team ORECA-Matmut ORECA 03 takes over the lead. Alex’ continues on, starting a second stint and begins extending the gap when the safety car is deployed (#3 Audi accident). The team shifts its strategy: the #48 pits again and Alexandre begins another double stint. With the return of the green flag, after more than an hour of safety car presence, he has over 40 seconds over his closest opponent. A lead he continues to extend during the third and fourth hours. He concludes a fifth stint with more than 2 minutes’ lead on the competition. Dominik Kraihamer takes over for him and begins his stint.