Mexico City and the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was the fifth stage of the WEC calendar and the first overseas competition. The circuit is very bumpy and situated at an altitude of more than 2’000 meters, which is an additional difficulty for the cars as well as for the drivers. After the summer, G-Drive Racing came back with its usual crew made of Roman Rusinov (RUS), Pierre Thiriet (FRA) and Alex Lynn (GBR) on board.
The three free practice sessions were scrupulously completed and Alex and Pierre set the fourth LMP2 fastest time in qualifying session. At the wheel of n°26 G-Drive Oreca 07 Alex started from the 4th row, for a race during which rain was expected but in the end did not appear.
Roman Rusinov took over after 31 laps quickly demonstrating his ability to defend his position very hardly throughout his stint and fighting with other talented drivers to reach a podium finish. Pierre, not really at ease on this complicated track, took over to continue the fight before handing the wheel back to Alex who took the car to the chequered flag 4th of the LMP2 category.
WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT THEIR RACE:
Xavier Combet, Team manager: “The driver level of the WEC championship has been increasing since the beginning of the season, and every race is a new challenge. Alex did a magnificent job in fighting hard from the start, and to the end, and he even set the second fastest average time of the LMP2 drivers in the race. Roman was trapped in traffic when he took over and this hindered him to show all his potential, which really is a pitty. As for Pierre, he was not at ease on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, but it was also the first time he drove in Mexico city.”
Roman Rusinov (RUS): “Unfortunately I spent too much time fighting with Alpine and this cost us both too much time… but anyway the team did a great job and Alex really had a strong pace in the race and over the week-end. Now we are looking toward COTA and we hope for a better result in the USA.”
Alex Lynn (GBR): “It was my first time in Mexico, so I decided to work on the simulator before I came here in order to build up some experience. We did a solid weekend, and the car was performing well, unfortunately, as always in LMP2, the times are very very close. For the first time since the beginning of the season we did not set the fastest time in qualifying, but we still had a good run and we aim to get back to pole position as soon as possible. We will be analysing what we did here to try to come back stronger for the next race. Traffic was quite difficult due to the nature of the circuit and this was a big factor today, but we were still very competitive.”
Pierre Thiriet (FRA): “I had a hard time with the getting to know and understand the track here. I tried to work it out with onboard cameras before I came to Mexico, as well as with datas, but I must admit this track is really specific, and your driving skills are all different than on other circuits we know. That’s why I did not do well enough in qualifying, but it started to get better in the race, because we worked all together to understand what it takes to be faster. I am happy I got to learn more. We know we have the capacity to fight for pole position, but we did not make it this time. Well the race lasts six hours, so we went for it to make the best out of it. The team worked a good strategy out as we made it from 6th the 4th, giving us the opportunity to collect some additional points and that’s good. But we can do better, and we will next race n the USA.”
Source. G-Drive Racing