COOL Racing denied victory in final moments of Michelin Le Mans Cup opener from Le Castellet

COOL Racing denied victory in final moments of Michelin Le Mans Cup opener from Le Castellet

20.07.2020: Michelin Le Mans Cup COOL Racing was denied a maiden Michelin Le Mans Cup victory at Circuit Paul Ricard, after the #69 Ligier JS P320, shared by Ben Barnicoat and Maurice Smith, picked up a puncture while leading the race in the dying moments, d

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COOL Racing was denied a maiden Michelin Le Mans Cup victory at Circuit Paul Ricard, after the #69 Ligier JS P320, shared by Ben Barnicoat and Maurice Smith, picked up a puncture while leading the race in the dying moments, dropping to fifth at the finish.




After qualifying on the front row, the #37 Ligier, driven by Edouard Cauhaupé and Nicolas Maulini, was forced to start from the pit lane due to an engine issue. Maulini was climbing through the field, but was taken out of the race when an LMP3 competitor unsafely rejoined the track and made contact.
 


Ben Barnicoat, #69 COOL Racing driver
: “Maurice did a great job in qualifying to put the car fifth on the grid. He then had a great start in the race, and moved up to third with impressive pace before the driver change. The pit stop went very well and we managed to jump up to second. Our engineer Max did a phenomenal job with the set-up, I was able to post the fastest lap and take the lead, moving 15 seconds clear before the puncture. Maurice was the fastest bronze driver and we were clearly the ones to beat. I am sure COOL Racing will achieve great things this season and I want to thank everyone for the opportunity to race again, it was great to be a part of such a professional outfit.”




Maurice Smith, #69 COOL Racing driver:
“I think we can be very happy with our pace this weekend. We were on for a certain victory before Ben had the unfortunate puncture. The team did a great job with the set-up and race strategy, particularly during the pit stop phase where we managed to jump one of our competitors. It’s a very promising start to the season and now we know that we have the speed to challenge for victories in the future.”



Edouard Cauhaupé, #37 COOL Racing driver:
“What a disappointment! After an engine problem ahead of the race, we had to start from the pit lane. Then my team-mate was making a promising comeback, but after 10 minutes of racing another driver came back on the track and hit him. Nicolas and I had the pace to win, which makes the end result quite frustrating. Thanks to COOL Racing for giving me an awesome car.” 



Nicolas Maulini, #37 COOL Racing driver:
“I am sad, but we can take some positive points from the weekend. We had a fantastic car that gives us confidence, which is easy to drive and at the same time fast. There’s also a great atmosphere within the team, everybody pushes in the same direction, all is well organised and professional. The relationship with Edouard is great, he is very competitive and I think we can make a strong crew. We are up there in terms of performance so it looks like we can challenge for wins. Mechanical issues and accidents are part of the sport, but what we experienced yesterday with the engine issues and the accident are difficult to accept. We now need to rebound and look towards Spa.” 



Patrick Barbier, Team Principal:
“We are obviously disappointed but the team has shown that it had the potential to compete at the front in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. I am sad because both crews had the pace to be on the podium. Maurice was exceptional and delivered a strong stint, handing the car to Ben in third place. Ben did a great job to hold the lead until the penultimate lap. There was also frustration for Nicolas Maulini, who can at least leave Le Castellet happy with his great qualifying performance.”





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