Guillaume Moreau once again on the podium in England! After two results outside of the podium, Guillaume Moreau was counting on the Silverstone 1000km, site of the last round of the Le Mans Series, to return to previous form. This final race of...
Guillaume Moreau once again on the podium in England!
After two results outside of the podium, Guillaume Moreau was counting on the Silverstone 1000km, site of the last round of the Le Mans Series, to return to previous form. This final race of the series also marked the debut of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, a championship recently created in the spirit of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. At the end, the drivers' efforts in the No. 35 OAK Racing Team Mazda France Pescarolo-Judd were rewarded with a third place finish. However, things weren't very easy right from the start with a problem during practice. "We were doing well in the first practice session that I saw us in second place, showing that the car was competitive." Unfortunately, an electrical problem disrupted the team's work in the second session, allowing for very little track time. The Limousin native returned to the track in the final minutes and was still able to notch off a good time.
The bad luck seemed to continue for the Moreau/Hein pair as the technicians found a leak in the fuel tank, preventing the team from running at all in the last session, but worse still, Guillaume was unable to take part in qualifying. "The mechanics worked hard to do the repairs but we knew that we'd have to start in the back of the pack just like at the Castellet. It's too bad because the potential was there, but I am someone who likes a challenge and I was ready to fight my way to the top of the field."
Lady luck continued to give the OAK Racing team problems, as the sister car would be forced to start at the back as well after a tyre change at the end of qualifying. After taking the start from further than 40th place, it would take Guillaume only seven quick laps to find himself in the top 20, and seventh in LMP2. Ten laps later and the masked crusader was already in fourth due to a blazing fast double stint.
At the two-hour mark, the No. 35 Pescarolo-Judd was leading its class after a flawless comeback. Richard Hein then took over the controls to continue the work that had already been done. Now in third place, Guillaume returned to the cockpit to take the car to the end and was able to finish in the same lap as the top two. "We never gave up and the car was very good during the whole race, especially in the quick sections of the track." The Limousin-native finishes the season with another podium, the third in five races. "I'm pleased to finish on a positive note and I will be able to fully concentrate on preparing for 2011." The duo Moreau/Hein finished fourth in the championship, just one point behind the No. 24. "With our second place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Michelin Green X Challenge victory of Jacques (Nicolet) and Matthieu (Lahaye), OAK Racing now has two automatic bids for the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours."