FRUSTRATING START OF ELMS SEASON AT PAUL RICARD

Frustrating start to ELMS season for Phil Hanson

Despite starting 17th on the grid, within 15 minutes I’d managed to gain a few places up to 15th before we had contact with another LMP2 car. It was one of those situations where two LMP2 cars were overtaking a GT and I was in the inside, so as far as I was concerned the corner was mine and it was just down to the GT and other LMP2 to figure out who was going to back out.

In my opinion I think the driver in the middle is the only driver with a full view of the entire corner so he’s the one to judge the closing gap and when to pull out. But unfortunately for us he kept his foot in and caused an incident which shouldn’t have really been an incident, all for maybe a few tenths at a corner where he had already lost the position. It confuses me a little bit as to why you would do that when it’s a four hour race.

But on a positive note, pace wise the car felt great and we ultimately finished in 12th position. It’s been pretty good all week apart from yesterday we had a bit of an error in qualifying and in the last practice we went the wrong direction in set up, but we brought it back for the race and it was very good.

For my own driver performance I’m really happy with how I came away, I think I was lapping within a second of the cars, but the crash damaged the exhaust which affected the power, and we also had to run a different engine map in order not to damage the engine. So unfortunately we were losing quite a lot of straight line speed and overall power.

Everything considered our pace was actually incredibly strong, so we can come away knowing that we were definitely up with the front. For sure we would have been one of the quickest Ligier, possibly in the top 5, who knows, it’s easy to say if the crash hadn’t have happened what we’ve have done, but at least we can come out knowing that we were definitely a lot quicker than what we actually showed.

I’m now looking forward to getting back out at Monza. Having another race really because this one felt like a bit of a waste of time. Saying that I’m glad the incident happened in the first race rather than the last race, because at least we know where we stand and can now move forward and keep attacking.

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Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France

17 April 2018

FRUSTRATING START OF ELMS SEASON AT PAUL RICARD
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Apr 13
Here’s my schedule for the #ELMS #LMP2 opener at #4hlecastelletFridayFree Practice 1 / 11:15 - 12:45SaturdayFree Practice 2 / 09:15 - 10:45Qualifying / 14:20Sunday #4hLeCastellet Race / 12:00 - 16:00
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