Circuit de la Sarthe
24 Hours of Le Mans, H+12 Team ORECA-Matmut toe to toe…
At the halfway point, Alexandre Prémat, Dominik Kraihamer and David Hallyday are in the top 3 in LMP2.
After an electrical problem, the #48 ORECA 03 rejoined the action.
In the Sarthe night, Team ORECA-Matmut is maintaining its place in the lead group of the LMP2 class. The #48 ORECA 03 was leading until the middle of the 11th hour : the team encountered an electrical problem, fixed by the technical team in three minutes. Alexandre Prémat, Dominik Kraihamer and David Hallyday have since rejoined the action in search for the leader.
Alexandre Prémat, who drove most of the portion between the third way point and halfway point, experienced a unique stint. « After three or four laps, the race was neutralised due to the Audi accident, » he explains. « The main thing is that the driver (Mike Rockenfeller) is unhurt. It wasn’t easy behind the safety car. You have to stay concentrated and it’s very cold. I lost a little feeling in my feet, but despite our issue, we are still in the fight, and the car is still very good. »
After starting from third position in LMP2, Alexandre Prémat gains a position on the first lap. He passes the class leader before the end of the first hour and a first long safety car period. After five consecutive stints, he is replaced by Dominik Kraihamer with a two minute lead over second place. The young Austrian drives at a good pace before giving the car to David Hallyday. The hard work by the three drivers pays off since they now have a lap over their competition.
A short while after Alex Prémat’s return to the controls, the safety car is deployed for 2 hours 20 minutes. At the restart, the #48 maintains the lead. After changing a telemetry antenna, the car pits again at 1 :12 a.m. due to an electrical problem. Three minutes later, the ORECA 03 rejoins the action in second place in the LMP2 class, less than two laps behind the leader. Dominik Kraihamer took to the track at the end of the 11th hour to start a triple stint. He has reduced the gap to 50 seconds.
-source: team oreca-matmut