It was mission accomplished for the ORECA 03 entered by Signatech-Nissan for the 14th edition of the Petit Le Mans, with a podium finish that gave them the Teams title Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. After more than 9:30 hours of racing, the trio of Mailleux/Vernay/Ordoñez finished in 3rd place in the LMP2 class, after having led for a good portion.
LMP2. Philippe Sinault : « With the title in hand, the essential work is done »
Arriving at Road Atlanta, Signatech-Nissan could take the Teams title in Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. With a third place, the objective is met, as Team Manager Philippe Sinault (Team Manager) underlined at the finish : « We came here with the goal to win the championship. To do this we had to finish in the points. The team did an excellent job during the week and this is our reward. » At the top of the leaderboards right from the start, the No. 26 ORECA 03 was for a long time in the lead before being held up by a steering rack issue : « Managing the race is complicated here and we are proud not to have committed any errors. We lost time while we were fighting for the win. The performance and potential of the car were there. » During the first half of the race, the trio of Mailleux/Ordoñez/Vernay reigned over the competition, with several lead changes with the Level 5 Motorsports car : « We took turns in the lead and the drivers managed the traffic situation perfectly, which isn’t easy with so many cars on such a small track. Our goal is met now with the ILMC title. »
Lucas Ordoñez was given the task of crossing the finish line at the end : « I wanted to mark the occasion by asking Lucas to finish. His story is wonderful. This result is the icing on the cake for our first year with the ORECA 03. » Only one race remains for Signatech-Nissan before the end of the season : « With the title in the bag, we’re going to do everything we can to finish strong and win in Zhuhai. »