Thiriet by TDS Racing, so close to its goal !

Thiriet by TDS Racing, so close to its goal !

23.06.2016: After difficult practices due to changing weather conditions, Thiriet by TDS




After difficult practices due to changing weather conditions, Thiriet by TDS Racing behaved very well at the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.


The #46 Oreca 05 was always in the lead but had to withdraw early morning.


 

IN THE TOP TEN AT THE PRACTICES

 

 At the free practice held on Wednesday from 4 pm to 8 pm, the three drivers drove in order to get used to a track which is not accessible the rest of the year.


Mathias Beche set the 5th fastest time of the category. After a two hour-break, the Swiss driver started the session to set the time to beat.


Very quickly, he set a 3:39.375 and put the car in the 5th place in the LM P2 category. The team went on running the three drivers and then Mathias got back in the car. He couldn’t improve his laptime, the car ended 7th.


 On Thursday, the team wished to run on a dry track but a storm decided otherwise.


Worse, a red flag stopped the second qualifying session for more than one hour. The team did not want to take any risk and the car would start for the 4th row of the grid.



 
A RACE AMONG THE FRONT RUNNERS


 
The start is given under safety car procedure because the track was too wet. On a drying track, the team decided to call Matthias back to the pit to change tires.


The speed and the good strategy of the team allowed the #46 Oreca 05 to be 2nd. For many race hours, the car did not leave this position.


Mathias Beche, Pierre Thiriet and Ryo Hirakawa enchained the stints at an infernal rate and the three of them were really fast. The members of Thiriet By TDS Racing team clearly showed their ambitions. Nothing seemed to stop them !


Suddenly, at 1 am, the Oreca 05 Nissan had an issue. In his stint, Mathias lost the power steering. As Jacques Morello did not want to take any risk, he called the driver back to the pit.


The mechanics were so quick that two minutes were enough to repair it. The car went back on track, still 2nd . Alternating the two first places with the future winner, Thiriet by TDS Racing could believe in victory.


Unfortunately, at 7.35 am, Pierre went out of the track at Mulsanne Corner. He hit the tires wall but managed to go back to the pits.


 After quick fixings and a change of the front hood and suspension, Matthias quickly noticed the steering was damaged. The car had to withdraw.


The 24 Hours of Le Mans are a tough race. The three drivers were remarkable: Mathias was very quick and knew once again how to lead the team in the right direction, Ryo did an amazing job and Pierre set the fastest laptime of the car.


As far as the team is concerned, the members were as usual very efficient.


Now, the team is going to focus on the next European Le Mans Series round, at Red Bull Ring, in Austria (July 17th ).



 
INSIGHTS FROM THE TEAM
 


Pierre Thiriet
: «It was a super race for my teammates and the whole team. We usually race to win. We managed the race well. As far as I'm concerned, I don't know what happened.


I lost the car at the end of my third stint braking at high speed. As soon as I lost it, I knew it was irreversible. I tried to limit the damage and managed to restart.


Unfortunately, the damage was too extensive to go again and we decided to withdraw. I want to thank the entire Thiriet by TDS Racing team because this race requires a great deal.


Everyone did great work, the team raises the bar every year. They are one of the top teams. We are going to go after the title in the ELMS for them!»


Mathias Beche :
«The sessions Wednesday and Thursday were very difficult. We changed our set-up for the warm-up on Saturday morning with Jacques.


The car was one of the strongest of the race. We had a good start and a fantastic strategy. We climbed two spots and all the drivers did great stints.


We were comfortably in the lead when we experienced a power steering problem which cost us a minute. Meanwhile we were still contenders for victory. It's nice to return to LM P2 since there is a great battle in this class.


As for Pierre, sometimes things happen when you play to win and push as much as you can to score the victory. I want to thank the entire Thiriet by TDS Racing team for its work.»


Xavier Combet
: «This new edition was not the best for us. However, I would like to congratulate the team which did a great job. This race requires a great preparation; we expect it with so much impatience and want to have a good result.


Unfortunately, we did not win but the result is there: once again, Thiriet By TDS Racing clearly showed its sport level and its technical qualities by leading the race ahead of very strong teams.


We must not forget that Thiriet By TDS Racing only participated five times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing at the 2nd place of the LM P2 category twice and being each time part of the most serious competitors and able to win the race.


Our determination remains the same: we will be back and stronger at Le Mans...».




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