DUQUEINE Engineering ended P5 at the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
Leader of the race for a long time, Team DUQUEINE finally finished the penultimate race of the European Le Mans Series season in fifth position of the LMP2 category.
The French team was keen to catch up with Silverstone's last complicated race, which was ended by an accident.
After the two free practice sessions, Nicolas Jamin got the best result in qualifying session of the season with the third fastest time overall (2:01.770).
Pierre Ragues started the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in third position. From the first corner, he passed P2, and after only thirty minutes of racing, Ragues was only 1.2 seconds behind the leader United Autosports N. 22.
The first stop of the Team came under Safety Car and the car left P2 behind the new leader G-Drive Racing. Having not yet made a pit stop, DUQUEINE Engineering took the lead in the 40 minute race. After 48 minutes on the track, the green flag was finally back. The driver was attacked by a former Team driver: Antonin Borga at the wheel of the Cool Racing car N. 37. The Team finally kept its position thanks to a good resistance from Ragues.
Richard Bradley took the wheel P3 after 1:30 on the track. Ten minutes later, the British driver took over his competitor IDEC Sport and passed P2. Shortly before the half-way point, DUQUEINE Engineering was back leader of the general classification. Despite a good resistance from Richard Bradley, the car found P2 after being overtaken by Nicolas Lapierre at the wheel of the Cool Racing car N. 37.
A last Full Racing Yellow session came to stop the enthusiasm of the Team. Nicolas Jamin took the wheel at 1:10 of the checkered flag in seventh position. He kept pushing to get as far as possible in the standings. A final pit stop came in 35 minutes from the end of the race. The car came out P5 and crossed the finish line at the same position.
Team DUQUEINE is waiting for your support for the sixth and last race of the European Le Mans Series season on October 27 in Portimão!
“It’s a really disappointing end to what could have been a victory for our team today. I pushed really hard and was pleased to take the race lead in the first hour. The Oreca 07 and Michelin tires were outstanding, and the strategy from the Team would have been spot on without the detrimental FCY in the final hour. It undid all our hard work and put us out of contention. I was pleased with my own stints, which had moved us from third into the lead, but it seems our rivals had more fortunate timing on their side today. We can take away some positives from the competitiveness of our package, a confident performance from all three of us drivers, and a professional display from the Team. We know what could have been possible but, for reasons out of our control, it didn’t happen. Let’s look ahead with optimism to the season finale at the end of next month.”
"Overall I am very happy with the performance of the whole Team this weekend. The test day on Wednesday helped us a lot and allowed us to test many things about the car. We made a real step forward in terms of the performance of the car this weekend, especially during the qualifying session. I was really happy with the car. In the race I felt that we were making a perfect race but unfortunately we are not rewarded... This is part of motorsport, but we can be proud of our performance and now focus on Portimão."
“It was a good race for us today. We went with a strategy and I think that the whole Team did a very good job. I was looking for a podium and maybe the win. Unfortunately, we got completely screwed by the Full Course Yellow and finished P5 which is very frustrating. Sometimes you are the wrong side of it and sometimes you are on the good side of it. We can be very happy with our progress this weekend and we are now looking forward to Portimão.”
Results and chronos
Free practice 1 - P7 (2:03.661)
Free practice 2 - P10 (2:03.624)
Qualifying session - P3 (2:01.770)
Race - P5 (2:05.382)
Classification - 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
Classification LMP2 category