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Loic Duval - Review FIA WEC 6 Hours of Spa
Posted by: newsla on May 06, 2014 - 03:26 PM
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Loic Duval - Review FIA WEC 6 Hours of Spa


After a difficult race at Silverstone two weeks ago Loïc and his team-mates were back on the podium in Belgium with second place after an impeccable run.

 

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Loïc how would you sum up your race?
LD: “Compared to Silverstone the Spa race was a big step forward. First of all the weather conditions were stable all weekend, which is a bit surprising in the Belgian Ardennes! I think we had an impeccable race: our strategy, driving and refuelling all went off without a hitch. We had a couple of minor technical glitches, but nothing serious. Nothing in any case that could have compromised our second place, and the cherry on the cake is that Tom, Lucas and I were the first of the three Audis.”

But second place isn’t a victory, is it?
LD: “Of course, it’s obvious that we’d have preferred to win. That said, the cars had different technical and strategic configurations with Le Mans looming on the horizon. Everybody was doing their final rehearsal. This doesn’t mean that Toyota didn’t deserve to win; we’re the first to congratulate them, but we still don’t have an exact idea of how the teams stack up against one another. I prefer to see the glass half full. This year Le Mans promises to be a fantastic spectacle.”

Toyota seems to be your toughest rival again this year…
LD: “The team has made a lot of progress compared to last year both in terms of performance and reliability. We knew they’d make a step forward this year. As for Porsche, it’s obvious that they’ve got the speed, but they’re still running into small technical glitches that are upsetting their game plan. It wouldn’t be a big surprise to see a 919 on pole at Le Mans.”

Will Audi make any modifications to improve your car before the Le Mans 24 Hours?
LD: “I don’t think it’s a question of improving the car to win Le Mans. First of all, the Audi is a much newer machine than people think, and we still have to understand it better to exploit its potential to the full. Then don’t forget our race rehearsals have only been carried out in six-hour events, which have little in common with the twice-around-the-clock Le Mans race. There are still a lot of unanswered questions. How will our rivals and their tyres pan out over triple stints? Will the mechanical side hold out for 24 hours if the pace is as hot as at Spa? Will tiredness or the weather lead to mistakes? We all know that Le Mans isn’t just about sheer speed: that’s why I’m not particularly worried. We think we’ve got everything required to win. It’s up to us not to make mistakes and to take the right decisions at the right moment.”


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