Guillaume Moreau finishes second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans! In only his fourth participation, the Limousin driver finds the podium. After an eventful race from start to finish, reminiscent of a Formula 1 Grand Prix, the OAK Racing Team Mazda ...
Guillaume Moreau finishes second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans!
In only his fourth participation, the Limousin driver finds the podium. After an eventful race from start to finish, reminiscent of a Formula 1 Grand Prix, the OAK Racing Team Mazda France Pescarolo Judd No. 35 crossed the finish line at 3 p.m. on Sunday in second place in the LMP2 category, known for being extremely competitive. "This second place is like a win to me because under normal conditions, winning was impossible," said Guillaume as he returned from the podium ceremonies. "I'm very happy with this result. The whole OAK Racing team did a fantastic job and we have been rewarded. On paper, we couldn't have hoped for a better result than fouth place, as the three Honda-powered prototypes were untouchable in pure speed."
However, it wasn't an ideal start to the week for the OAK Racing driver as he fought flu-like symptoms before the start of the practice sessions Wednesday evening. In the end, the Pescarolo-Judd shared by Matthieu Lahaye, Jan Charouz and Guillaume Moreau clocked the fifth fastest time of the category, as conditions were not optimal with rain during the qualifying sessions. The team, managed by Francois Sicard, therefore changed their focus to the race by making the car as easy to drive as possible. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, Guillaume started the race with a double stint that saw him keep his place in the top five. His teammates would continue the march forward during night fall without encountering the slightest mechanical problem, stopping in the pits only for fuel and tyres. The Limousin driver took over the controls of the Pescarolo-Judd in the night hours for a quadruple stint, staying in the car for more than three consecutive hours. As he got out, the lead OAK Racing car was now in third place. It wasn't until the early morning that the first and only problem was encountered, as the car pitted for seven minutes to change an electrical box. This problem didn't keep the No. 35 from maintaining its place among the top positions, as Guillaume rejoined the race just after 6 a.m. for a triple stint.
The three drivers only needed to bring the car home, with a double stint for Guillaume at around noon. It was Jan Charouz who crossed the finish line giving second place to OAK Racing, proof of a job well done. "Our strategy was perfect with no mistakes during this twice round the clock race in La Sarthe. Although we don't have the highest top speed, our chassis is by far the best as our cornering speed is incredible. It's the third podium in three years for Jacques Nicolet's team, which shows the professionalism on the part of everyone."
"I'm delighted for the numerous partners and fans who supported me during the entire weekend. This podium is a good showing for the Limousin region and I hope it makes up for CSP Limoges' loss in the Pro B finals in basketball." All told, Guillaume spent almost 10:30 hours in the car and signed the car's fastest lap of the race. Once again, OAK Racing was able to combine speed with fuel economy with a fourth place in the Michelin Green X Challenge and third place for the sister car, which finished the race just outside the class podium.
After a second place finish at the Castellet and third at Spa-Francorchamp, in the Le Mans Series, this superb performance allows Guillaume to tackle the rest of the season with a relaxed focus. The next race will be the 1000km of Algarve in Portugal.