TDS Racing finishes the season on a high with LMP2 overall best performance

TDS Racing finishes the season on a high with LMP2 overall best performance

20.11.2017: The Bahrain International circuit was inaugurated in 2004 and is situated in Manama, the capital city of Bahrain. Made of 15 turns (9 rights

The Bahrain International circuit was inaugurated in 2004 and is situated in Manama, the capital city of Bahrain. Made of 15 turns (9 rights and 6 lefts), the 5.412 km track is a well appreciated venue for the WEC contenders, as for the finale of the season everyone meets in a warm and summery atmosphere, where the race finishes under the spotlights of this magnificent circuit.



The TDS Racing French trio Matthieu Vaxivière, Emmanuel Collard and François Perrodo concluded a great learning season in the World Endurance Championship after a full year of discoveries.


 
  The three free practice sessions were the time to finalize the car set-ups and the team placed the #28 ORECA07 6th of both FP1 and FP2, while they finished 5th LMP2 in FP3. During qualifying, Matthieu and François set an average lap in 1:48:386, but Matthieu completed the overall LMP2 best chrono of the weekend in 1:47:000.




 A great performance for the young Frenchman, which will stay the LMP2 reference to beat. #28 TDS Racing started the race from 6th row (7th LMP2) to conclude its first WEC season 8th LMP2.


 

  Xavier Combet, Team Manager: “After a correct start, Manu took the car back in 6th LMP2 position. Matthieu had a contact with one of the Jackie Chan DC Racing car which of course made us lose some time, François did his first stint with the qualifying tyres, so he had to deal with the strong tyre wear. It was not our best race, but none of the driver did any mistake and François continued to improved in his prototype driving.



Competitiveness in the LMP2 field was very high, as three teams were fighting for the title (Signatech Alpine, Rebellion Vaillante and Jackie Chan DC Racing) and all of them were determined to win. When Matthieu was in his last stints, we also had that ACO antenna problem which made us lose again some time, as the race direction imposes the repair.



That what we want to remember from our first WEC season is that we learnt a lot. Going from GT to LMP2 driving for François was a huge step forward and he did it very well. Matthieu, coming from single seater racing also bettered his performances race after race, as he showed setting the overall LMP2 best lap time of the weekend here in Bahrain, and Manu shared his knowledge and experience with his teammates in the best way to give them additional competitiveness.



 I would like to congratulate the season LMP2 champions Rebellion Valliante as well as vice-champions Jackie Chan DC Racing, because there performed very well this season and offered great race show all season long.




But also Signatech Alpine who was still in the pace for the title in the last race. It was a great season for the TDS Racing team, in which we accumulated a lot of positive experience in the World Championship. This will now give us additional knowledge to prepare for the future.”




François Perrodo (Bronze):
“We have to admit that this result is not the one we were aiming for, for our last WEC race this season, we would have liked to show some good performances as we did at the beginning of the year in Silverstone. But my own work was still paying off session after session, and I did my best qualifying session this year, without even having new tyres on the car. So this is positive.



During my first stint I did not have great tyres, so it gave me a hard time with the car balance. But looking at the full season, I am very happy about all the time we spend together, the great ambiance in the team. It's a really good crew working very well together and not forgetting fun. And we have to remember that we did show some good competitiveness.



For me driving an LMP2 was totally new, after the GT it was not easy but I had great pleasure in learning and progressing race after race. There was true improvement each time and this is very positive. So, yes, I would like to continue. Let's see if we can do it next year, and this time I will not start from scratch. It was a great learning season.”




Emmanuel Collard (Platinum
): “We did not have much to fight for in the last race of the season, but we were still motivated to do well to end our first season in WEC. I like this circuit because there is  quite some relief and nice curbs. It's an interesting race track. Finishing the race in the night is also nice, even though the strong lightning makes us feel as if it was daytime, so it's nothing like Le Mans of course.



The nice part is that racing in the night is that it is easier and cooler, because of the high temperatures during the day. I did not drive a lot during free practice but I started the race this last event, this was nice. During qualifying Matt did a great job and François was faster than David Cheng. This shows how much he has improved since the beginning of the season back in March.  This is really good for him.



I had a little contact with Brundle at the beginning of the race which made me lose some places, but I still handed the car back to Matthieu in P6. The car did not feel quite right this weekend and all of us had some troubles with the balance. We hoped for a better final race, but the overall picture of our first LMP2 season is really good.”




Matthieu Vaxivière (Gold):
“We finished the race last LMP2, so of course this is not a great result. We had some oversteer problems with the car, but I am not unhappy about my own performance this weekend. I am very happy to have set the overall LMP2 best lap time (all sessions together), that was good fun.



During the race I also was pushed by #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing which made me lose quite some time, but it's a race fact... that can happen. In addition, at the end of my last stint, I had to come back to the box for the antenna problem.



 So we do not end our season on a high note for sure, but this will help us to get prepared for the winter tests and come back stronger in 2018.”




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