Harold Primat: Le Mans Series, Barcelona 1000kms preview A fourth season of the Le Mans Series beckons for Harold Primat this weekend as the Barcelona 1000kms marks the first race of the 2008 sportscar championship's season. The Geneva-based ...
Harold Primat: Le Mans Series, Barcelona 1000kms preview
A fourth season of the Le Mans Series beckons for Harold Primat this weekend as the Barcelona 1000kms marks the first race of the 2008 sportscar championship's season. The Geneva-based driver returns for his second year with illustrious French squad Pescarolo Sport, partnering Christophe Tinseau in the team's no 17 Pescarolo 01-Judd.
Harold on the LMS -- "The championship has grown steadily every year since its creation in 2004, but this year it has really exploded! To have attracted the works Audis and Peugeots and three Porsche Spyders shows that the LMS is going in the right direction. There are also lots of exciting new prototypes and packages in both LMP classes and the existing cars and teams seem to have made some real steps forward. It's going to be a very exciting year for everyone."
--on Pescarolo Sport --
"With the advantages of the diesel engine and the might of factory support, I think it's safe to say that Audi Sport Team Joest and Peugeot Sport are the favourites to be fighting at the front, but the competition in the petrol class will be just as fierce. Lola-Aston Martin, Creation and Courage Oreca all have good packages and have shown excellent testing pace, so the challenge for us at Pescarolo is to finish as the top petrol-powered cars. Last season the team showed just what they are capable of by fighting Peugeot for the championship until the final round, and although a repeat of that is unlikely with Audis arrival, we're determined to fight the other teams all year long."
--on the Circuit de Catalunya --
"I think it's a track that will favour the LMP2 cars and I wouldn't be surprised to see some of them qualify ahead of the LMP1s. There is one long straight that will benefit those of us in P1 machinery, but the slower final section, from La Caixa to the final turn, is definitely geared more towards the lighter, more nimble P2s. Personally I'm disappointed that they changed the approach to the last two corners. You used to be able to go flat through there but now, with the addition of the turn 14/15 chicane on the approach, which is a second and first gear corner, it makes it far less challenging. The long sweeping right hander at turn 3 is still good fun though and definitely my favourite part of the revised lay out. We carry a lot of speed through there and it's a real thrill."
--on the Barcelona 1000kms --
"The race will be tough as this is the most physically demanding circuit on the calendar, for both the drivers and the cars. This is situation is magnified as this is the first race of the season. Many drivers haven't raced since the end of last season and nearly all of the teams are dealing with new cars or technical packages. The key to the race will be to manage the tyres. Barcelona is notorious for its rapid tyre degradation, particularly on the rears, so the teams and drivers that look after their tyres the best will do well. In a series such as the LMS, with very few events, it's crucial to score points at every round, so that has to be the target for Christophe and I this weekend."
The Barcelona 1000kms will be screened LIVE on Motors TV and Eurosport on Sunday 06 April. For listings information visit www.motorstv.com and www.eurosport.com.