At the end of an amazing race, Team DUQUEINE Engineering crossed the finish line in third position of the 4 Hours of Le Castellet.
The 2019 European Le Mans Series season started this weekend at the Paul Ricard Circuit a few days after the Official Tests.
Sunday at 12:30 pm, Pierre Ragues was the first to start on the track from the eighth position on the starting grid. From the first laps, the Norman driver put the car P7 and fought for the first positions of the category. Before the first quarter of an hour, the Team was P6 then P5. After 30min of race, the car was leader after several successive overtaking. The first stop came after 40 minutes on the track, the car came out P4. Ten minutes after, Pierre Ragues was back leader. At 1:20 of race, Nicolas Jamin took the wheel, he went out of the pitlane P3. In a few minutes, he put the car back in the lead. The driver did a high class stint, however, a puncture forced him to go back the the pit lane for long seconds. Oreca 07 N. 30 finally left P5. Nicolas took the third position twenty minutes later. Third and last driver to enter the game, Richard Bradley took the wheel P4 at 2:50 of race. Like the first two drivers, the Team DUQUEINE newcomer showed all his talent and managed to take over the precious third place, which means a podium.
At the end of the first race, Team DUQUEINE got the first podium of the European Le Mans Series season.
Next race on May 12th for the 4 Hours of Monza!
"A podium is always a very pleasant moment, even if today we were clearly able to win, but we must also appreciate this third position. The car was excellent and allowed us to do a good job. Starting eighth on the starting grid, I was confident about our potential and I took pleasure including some nice overtaking to quickly take the lead of the race. Unfortunately this slow puncture destroyed much of our efforts, but we did not give up on a beautiful podium that already represents a good result for the opening round of the season. I really enjoyed our preparation for this race, our level of performance was good and I can not wait to be at the next race. I want to thank the whole team for its great work."
"I think the whole team can be proud of our performance! We came at Paul Ricard without having made winter testing, but the professionalism of our team allowed us once again to fight for the victory. We found the right setting with our engineer Max, and our pace in the race was exceptional. The victory seemed to be ours, with about 40 seconds in advance at mid-race but the puncture stopped it. Congratulations to all the DUQUEINE Engineering team, and to my two teammates Pierre and Richard who did a great job on the track. A podium is always good to take points in the championship, now focus on Monza!"
"I’m very happy with the performance showed by the Team this weekend. We were controlling the race, unfortunately, the puncture made us waste time. The whole Team can be proud of this result and I think we can look forward for a very successful 2019!"
"We have an amazing crew, very homogeneous and efficient. The mood of the team is excellent. We could win this weekend but the puncture happened and despite this problem, I am delighted that we finish on the podium. The team did a great job, despite no winter test, the car was very good!"
Yann Belhomme, Team Manager of DUQUEINE Engineering
April 9th - Le Castellet Official Tests
April 14th - 4 Hours of Le Castellet
May 12th - 4 Hours of Monza
July 21st - 4 Hours of Barcelona
August 31st - 4 Hours of Silverstone
September 22nd - 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
October 27th - 4 Hours of Portimão