Oreca follows its game plan... After yesterday's wet practice sessions Team ORECA-Matmut-AIM concentrated on preparing for the race during qualifying. Hugues de Chaunac's message was loud and clear: the priorities in qualifying were to ...
Oreca follows its game plan...
After yesterday's wet practice sessions Team ORECA-Matmut-AIM concentrated on preparing for the race during qualifying.
Hugues de Chaunac's message was loud and clear: the priorities in qualifying were to establish the best race set up for the cars and not to chase after a fast time. The two ORECA 01 drivers followed his recommendations and transformed the qualifying session into a profitable work session.
After Wednesday's wet practice sessions that were greatly affected by the variable weather conditions, the two prototypes developed at Singes have put a lot of kilometres on the clock. Stephane Ortelli in car No.10 set the car up. Le Mans winner in 1998, Stephane has benefited from his past experience here in Le Mans: " In a relatively short period of time we have been able to develop a very competitive car for the race. ORECA 01 is stable, a pleasure to drive and is easy on the tyres. These three elements are extremely important in Le Mans. We still have a few more details to improve but have progressed continuously. It has been very beneficial session for us. His team mates Bruno Senna and Tiago Monteiro continued to discover the circuit in the LMP1 class, rolling out very fast laps.
In No.11 Olivier Panis concentrated on improving the car's set up. "ORECA 01 is well balanced" confirmed the former F1 driver. " But we still have small difficulties with the grip" His impressions were shared by Soheil Ayari and Nicolas Lapierre who drove the majority of the second half: " There is not a lot of grip when the track is fresh. We became more and more performant as the track became more used. We also need to optimise the traction, but the car is handling really well. We are quite good in the fast corners and we have progressed in Vmax. "
At the end of qualifying, ORECA 01 sits on the 8th line on the starting grid, Hugues de Chaunac, Group ORECA President, explained: " We were not seeking performance, but to have a comfortable car for the race.. Our position on the grid is really not important: and as predicted the " Diesel " are well ahead and the Aston Martin's have taken advantage of the rules. We are going to keep to our strategy: to race our race, relying on the cars reliability. We are going to spend the least amount of time in the stands and be there at the finish line with our two prototypes. "