Second straight podium finish for Guillaume Moreau in the Le Mans Series! Guillaume Moreau, Le Mans Series, 1000 km de Spa-Francorchamps, 09 mai 2010 Guillaume Moreau et Richard Hein sur le podium des 1000 km de Spa - credit photo : Clement ...
Second straight podium finish for Guillaume Moreau in the Le Mans Series!
Guillaume Moreau, Le Mans Series, 1000 km de Spa-Francorchamps, 09 mai 2010
Guillaume Moreau et Richard Hein sur le podium des 1000 km de Spa - credit photo : Clement Marin ONESHOT Second straight podium finish for Guillaume Moreau in the Le Mans Series!
After last month's second place finish at the Castellet, Guillaume Moreau continued his good form with another podium at the 1000km of Spa-Francorchamps, the second round of the Le Mans Series. The OAK Racing Pescarolo-Judd No. 35 never lost touch of the top positions in category to finish third with no mechanical worries.
Starting with the practice sessions, Guillaume showed the potential of the car with encouraging lap times. The qualifying session, however, was another story with a seventh place starting position. The OAK Racing driver could not reach a better grid position after a suspension problem caused by contact with a competitor during the last practice session. "I took a morale hit when I was unable to take any chances during qualifying even though I know we couldn't have done much against a much faster Acura in LMP2."
However, Guillaume didn't give up and as is becoming a routine, he ignited the fire right from the green flag, running in fourth place by the time the field had reached the famed Radillon and Eau Rouge sections of the Spa track. "After a good start, the safety car hindered my progress to the front. I was hoping to use the start to get to the front of the running order". Unfortunately a loose wheel then forced the Limousin driver to come by the pits. Teammate Richard Hein took over the controls and maintained position in the top three.
Then a rare occurrence happened. The race was stopped for about a half hour, just before the two-hour mark when the electricity went out in the entire region, making timing and scoring impossible. At the restart, Guillaume was in fourth place and took off for a double stint after which he handed the car back to his teammate in second place, notwithstanding a slight scare: "On my last lap, I almost ran out of gas! So I had to lift, and come back to the pits slowly. We lost some time and Richard had to rejoin the race with the pedal to the metal." At the halfway point, the Moreau/Hein duo was knocking on the podium door, before the safety car was dispatched due to an incident. To top it off, the rain returned to certain parts of the track. Richard takes advantage of this yellow period to pit. "With the rain, the team preferred to have me get back in the car to finish the race. The rain quickly stopped, but with rain tyres, the last laps were difficult due to the drying track."
At the finish, Guillaume crossed the line in third place, good enough for a second straight podium. "Our recent tests in Hungary were worth it. For us, this is a good result because we are taking home major points in the championship. Our weekend was a good one before the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We still need to make a few improvements before the classic endurance race, but this podium is looking good for Le Mans" . The two OAK Racing Pescarolo-Judd No. 35 drivers also leave the Belgian Ardennes forest with a victory in the Michelin Green X Challenge, proof that Guillaume and Richard were able to marry speed with fuel economy. In the championship, Moreau/Hein are in second place with only a point behind the leaders. The Le Mans Series calendar sees a long break before Portugal in July, but in the meantime, the mythical 24 Hours of Le Mans awaits the team in mid-June.