Donington Chrysler LMP race report

Donington Park, 14 April 2001 - The Chrysler LMP starred in the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Donington Park. The new car started fourth and even made a challenge for third before a throttle problem and an accident dropped the...

Donington Park, 14 April 2001 - The Chrysler LMP starred in the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Donington Park. The new car started fourth and even made a challenge for third before a throttle problem and an accident dropped the car back at the flag. It was the first race of the new LMP and only the second time that the car had run with a revised engine.

The team will take the knowledge gained from the debut of the new car to Le Mans next month on May 6. "It was a good first race and we used it as a test. After two laps we had an accelerator cable problem," said Hugues de Chaunac, Director of Team ORECA. "Olivier had to drive carefully until this pit stop because of this problem. We had to change the system on the engine that cost a lot of time in the pits. We are pleased with the overall weekend."

Driver Olivier Beretta started the race and challenged for third position overall. "At the beginning I tried to get a good start, and was steady behind Biela. I was surprised to stay with the Audis but as soon as I tried to push we had a problem with the throttle and I was glad to make it to the end of my stint. I had to be very careful not to crash because the first goal of this weekend was to get to the end of the race."

Yannick Dalmas took over the car but again suffered from the same problem as Olivier. He had an unfortunate accident with another car and pitted to resolve the accelerator problem and finished the race as Beretta had started, on the pace of the Audis.

"It is easier to make a fast car reliable than a reliable car fast," concluded Hugues de Chaunac.

-Chrysler Motorsports

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Series ALMS
Drivers Yannick Dalmas , Olivier Beretta , Hugues de Chaunac