VAN DER GARDE HOLDS OFF CARBONE TO WIN AT LE MANS Giedo Van der Garde took a thrilling victory for P1 Motorsport at Le Mans, despite a fierce mid-race challenge from Ultimate-Signature's Fabio Carbone. The Dutchman's fifth win of the year see's...
VAN DER GARDE HOLDS OFF CARBONE TO WIN AT LE MANS
Giedo Van der Garde took a thrilling victory for P1 Motorsport at Le Mans, despite a fierce mid-race challenge from Ultimate-Signature's Fabio Carbone. The Dutchman's fifth win of the year see's him remain in control of the championship, with the title now firmly in his grasp.
Van der Garde got a fantastic launch off the line and from second on the grid he managed to inch ahead of pole-sitter Esteban Guerrieri (Ultimate- Signature). Taking the lead into the first corner, the P1 Motorsport car pulled away from the field and by the end of lap one had a clear gap to the second placed car of Carbone. By lap four, Van der Garde was almost two seconds ahead and had just set the fastest lap of the race, however Carbone responded and began quickly to close the gap.
Carbone then pitted, followed on the proceeding lap by Van der Garde - with the P1 Motorsport team executing their tyre change with precision. The No.21 car re-joined back in 10th position, and importantly ahead of Carbone.
Traffic ahead was yet to pit and Van der Garde again began to lose time to Carbone. By the time the cars in front had peeled off into the pitlane for their mandatory stop, the Brazilian was just 0.3 seconds behind the race leader with ten laps to go. Carbone fought hard but to no avail, with Van der Garde putting in an impressive performance under pressure. The Dutchman crossed the line in first place to take 15 more championship points, and a well deserved victory for the P1 Motorsport team.
Van der Garde spoke about the weekend: "Yesterday we had a clutch failure before the race and there was no time to fix it, so a very disappointing day for the team. Today I got a great start and we took the lead. After we had changed the front tyres in the pitstop, the car was suffering from bad oversteer, and Fabio (Carbone) was pushing us for the lead. We managed to stay ahead and about six laps from the end the tyres wore off enough to improve the balance of the car. The team worked really hard over the summer break - we knew some of the other teams were starting to catch us and P1 have again done a fantastic job this weekend."