September 22, 2000 Â Dodge Viper Team ORECA will take on the toughest challenge of the American Le Mans Series this year when the team enters three cars for the Petit Le Mans 1000-mile race next weekend (September 30). The team recorded a...
September 22, 2000 Dodge Viper Team ORECA will take on the toughest challenge of the American Le Mans Series this year when the team enters three cars for the Petit Le Mans 1000-mile race next weekend (September 30). The team recorded a dominant 1-2-3 finish at the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit in Georgia last year and will be aiming to repeat their victorious performance.
Last year's Petit Le Mans winners Olivier Beretta, Karl Wendlinger and Belgian Marc Duez will once again share the number 91 Dodge Viper GTS R/T. Tommy Archer, second in class last year, will share with Dutchman Patrick Huisman and Frenchman Boris Derichebourg. David Donohue, Jean-Philippe Belloc and Dominique Dupuy, the Frenchman who, with Wendlinger and Beretta won Daytona and Le Mans this year, will share the third Dodge Viper.
Six of this weekend's nine Viper Team ORECA drivers occupy top ten positions in the GTS class championship for drivers. Beretta currently leads with 206 points, one ahead of Wendlinger after recording one more fastest lap than his Austrian co-driver. Donohue and Archer are equal third on 170 points, while Duez is ninth with 56 and Belloc tenth on 44. DaimlerChrysler leads the GTS Manufacturers table with 206 points ahead of Porsche on 158 and Chevrolet on 66. Viper Team ORECA also leads the GTS classification for teams with 206 points, compared to Roock Motorsport NA on 148 and Corvette Racing on 66.
Viper Team ORECA will be out to avenge their only defeat since it entered the championship at Mosport in July 1999 when it faces the Corvette for the first time since Dallas at the start of the month. Then, in exceptional circumstances, the Viper team placed two podium positions, second and third.
"This race is going to be a real challenge for us," said ORECA director Hugues de Chaunac. "Long distance endurance races are always a challenge in themselves, and this weekend we have very strong competition. We have faced the Corvette before and beaten them, we know the reasons why we did not win in Dallas and they had nothing to do with the performance of the car or our drivers. We are confident that we will be competitive and we are looking forward to this challenge."