Great performance and race win for TDS Racing at Le Mans 24 Hours

Great performance and race win for TDS Racing at Le Mans 24 Hours

18.06.2018: The G-Drive Racing win is a wonderful reward for Xavier Combet and Jacques Morello’s mechanics who have been working on this car for the last two seasons. The second true satisfaction can be seen in the great performance of #28 Oreca

The G-Drive Racing win is a wonderful reward for Xavier Combet and Jacques Morello’s mechanics who have been working on this car for the last two seasons. The second true satisfaction can be seen in the great performance of #28 Oreca LMP2 which finishes just under the podium at the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours.



Xavier Combet
: “ I am really very proud of all my team, the driver, the mechanics as well as the complete staff of TDS Racing, as we could not have succeed that way without them.”



Truly decided to be part of the top teams, the TDS Racing team set the third fastest time of the first qualifying session, before setting the overall LMP2 best qualification lap on Thursday evening. Loïc Duval completed the quickest lap around the Le Mans racetrack (3’24’’816), just a few hundredth of a second quicker than the #48 IDEC Sport car (3’24’’842).



This record was nevertheless cancelled by the race direction because Loïc, like some other drivers, did not see the scrutineering panel early enough to stop at the right moment. The #28 Oreca 07 therefore started the race from 4th LMP2 place, to finish under the podium thanks to the wonderful job done by Loïc Duval and Matthieu Vaxivière and the reliability of François Perrodo.



The team is rewarded by the LMP2 second place WEC points, as two teams ahead of him (Graff Racing and G-Drive Racing) are not WEC all season entries and therefore do not score points.



 François Perrodo FRA Bronze driver, completed three series of stints, 95 laps and set his fastest race time in 3:35.945



"Le Mans really is a tough one… you can be lucky and unlucky with the ‘slowzone’, we had both in the race today. At the end, when Loïc was at the wheel, he really had us dream of a podium finish… The gap between him and the Graff Racing car was getting smaller lap after lap and in the end we finish 2.5 second behind them at the chequered flag…



 But that’s exactly what’s so wonderful about Le Mans: to be 2.5 second from our rival after 24 hours of racing is incredible, and believe it, I will never forget it. Even though we were a little disappointed of course, we experienced a great event, it was a week were we shared so much all together, with my team mates but also with the whole team of mechanics and engineers.



In the end it’s a good thing for the WEC championship as we score the point of second place. On my side, I have learned a lot again, and I know I can do well as I did during warm up with good lap times, but in the race I am still afraid of the mistakes I could do. It’s my second Le Mans at the wheel of a sport prototype, last year we did not finish because of an accident that destroyed the car, this year we are very very close to the podium finish, so it’s just a wonderful evolution of our team.



Also, we ware 4th out of 20 LMP2, that’s really not bad. In addition, we are the first team with a real gentleman/bronze driver. So all together we can be happy with today’s result, and it shows that Loïc and Matthieu are really very fast drivers. I did my best to not make any mistake, and did not look up enough for true performance… Now I know I will have to work on that.”_




 Loïc Duval FRA Platinium driver raced for over ten hours, completing 154 lap and set the overall fastest LMP2 lap time in qualifying (3’24’’816).


“Of course, the end of the race was very frustrating, because we know we could have gained a hundred time these two little seconds if we have known we would need them. But you never know in advance that you will need them.


The podium finish would have been the best ever reward for TDS racing, because this team is the exact reflect of what LMP2 is supposed to be, with one Platinium driver, one Gold and one Bronze. We tried to make it happen all along the 24-hour race, without taking any inconsiderate risks and podium was just there.



 Our car was great and towards the end we should have changed the break discs. We decided to not do it, in order to try to step on the podium, unfortunately it was not enough. It’s a pity because I really think we deserved it. Anyway I am really proud of my team for all what they have done during the whole Le Mans week, and also I am happy to have shown that I am still in the pace and in the fight even if I did not do Le Mans last year.



The new LMP2 are really strong car, they are fast and we have a great team of mechanics and engineers. Also my team mates are really good at what they do. For example our mechanics were warming up before each tyre change, and they did well in doing that because they worked well all with oneanother, are powerful all together and teaming up like that gives them additional team power.



That’s very important to perform well, and they do a wonderful team work. I am proud of them, because Le Mans is hard on cars, on drivers but also and even more on them all, they worked non-stop for three weeks and without them, we are not much…"




 Matthieu Vaxivière FRA Gold driver completed 117 laps with his best lap in the race in 3’27’’902.


"It was our second entry in the Le Mans with the package “LMP2 – François - TDS Racing” and I have to say we started the Le Mans in much better conditions than last year, as we knew more about it all. That is the good news about our Le Mans 2018.



Concerning qualifying, we performed very well, and were disqualified on a regulation point that does not have anything to do with the car, so I did not really care. Pole position is not the most important in Le Mans. We started the race 4th, did a great first stints in the same pace than the G-Drive, after that we had a good night pace as well until we had that problem with the GT.



That’s where we lost our first 5 minutes as the mechanics had to repair the clamp rod. That means that we had to work hard to get that time back, and that’s where I did a mistake, trying to push too hard at the very end of my third stint. 50 meter from the box I had an off road, which made us lose another 5 minutes.



After that Loïc and I worked hard to come back to the podium finish. With a few additional laps it would have worked. Of course I am sad and disappointed, but what needs to be underlined is the wonderful work done by our mechanics who have given us a perfect, reliable car, as we did not encounter any problem.




 That’s very very good. As for the first place finish, we could not have done it without any problem at G-Drive. They did the perfect race and their driver line-up is faster than ours, so there was no way. We hoped for the podium and we miss it for two small seconds… that’s frustrating."
 


Xavier Combet Team manager: “We started our Le Mans adventure in the best possible way this year, with a full WEC program with the #28 TDS Racing car, and a full ELMS program with G-Drive Racing #26. Doing that we worked a lot to get good results in the first races and succeed. So we had all the right things together to meet this great result.



I am very proud of my team, of our mechanics and engineers and every person of our staff who made it all work perfectly. Without each one of them, this final would not have been possible. I want to thank them very sincerely for their work and presence.



When you look at the way the #26 G-Drive Racing in the hands of Romn Rusinov, Andréa Pizzitola and Jean-Eric Vergne, flew over the race with zero problem, you can say we have done a good preparation job.



This is also true for #28 TDS in the car preparation, as well as in the fine set-ups, the quality of the car assembly and also the coordination of the team made of much more people this year. All this needs to work out well if you want to win. And we won. So yes we are very happy about G-Drive Racing’s #26 win and #28’s wonderful result.



Of course I would have loved to see both our cars on the podium, and it was very close thanks to Loïc and Matthieu’s hard work… #28 driver line-up is the first one with a real Bronze driver (François Perrodo) and still it set the overall LMP2 fastest lap in qualifying, performed in the top five places almost all along the race and finish very close to the podium.



It’s a nice reward for our fast driversThe 2018 Le Mans race was therefore an incredibly gratifying. This race is magic and winning it is very particular. We hope we can renew this experience and why not with two cars on the podium…”
 




TDS Racing Race calendar



WEC - Prologue - FRA - 6/7 avril April 2018
ELMS - Test Castellet - FRA - 9/10 avril April
(2nd) ELMS R1 - 4 Hours of Le Castellet - FRA - 14/15 avril April 2018
(4th) WEC R1 - Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps - BEL - 3-5 mai May 2018
(2nd) ELMS R2 - 4 Hours de Monza - ITA - 12/13 mai May 2018
(4th) WEC R2 - 24 Heures du Mans - FRA - 13-16 juin June 2018
ELMS R3 - 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring - AUT - 21/22 juillet July 2018
WEC R3 - 6 Hours of Silvertone - GBR - 17-19 août August 2018
WEC R4 - 6 Hours of Fuji - JPN - 12-14 octobre October 2018
WEC R5 - 6 Hours of Shanghai - CHN - 16-18 novembre November 2018
WEC R6 - 1500 Miles of Sebring - USA - 14-16 mars March 2019
WEC R7 - Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps - BEL - 2-4 mai May 2019
WEC R8 - 24 Heures du Mans - FRA - 12-16 juin June 2019



Marie-Pierre Dupasquier-Damagnez - photos Clement Marin

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