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WEC Silverstone - The race did not pay off
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 07:35

2014 WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP – 6H OF SILVERSTONE PROSPEED COMPETITION, THE RACE DID NOT PAY OFF

ProSpeed WEC14 Porsche911GT3RSR75 1

SILVERSTONE (GBR) – The day following the first race of the European Le Mans Series the top level World Endurance Championship (WEC) also experienced its first race of the season on the British Silverstone circuit. This time around the Belgian ProSpeed Competition team were in for a six hours race. The French trio comprised out of Emmanuel Collard, François Perrodo and the promising young Matthieu Vaxivière, a mere 19 years old, drove a perfect and trouble-free race, right up until they experienced mechanical problems. The race lessons acquired will come in handy for the following assignment, namely the 6 Hours of Spa, to be held in just over a fortnight. The team and the drivers fully proved to hold their own in the LM GTE Am class and have every intention in confirming this on Belgian soil.

ProSpeed WEC14 Porsche911GT3RSR75 3This first WEC race was not an easy race, with both on-going wet and dry conditions and numerous race incidents. In these ever changing conditions the three drivers manning the Belgian Porsche 911 GT3 RSR #75 brought the car up from a seventh into a third place, an exceptional performance in such a high ranking competition as the world endurance championship. Unfortunately technical problems brought an early end to the race.

Rudi Penders (ProSpeed Competition Team Principal)

ProSpeed WEC14 Porsche911GT3RSR75 4“For us the race ran perfectly, with a strong stint put in by “Manu” Collard who handed over the car to François in fourth spot. François went back out on to the track, coincidentally in the company of all the other bronze as also several silver competitors and was the fastest of his category. On top of that the track was drying out, even though still wet in certain sections and it goes without saying that these are highly treacherous conditions in which to race. François handled his assignment perfectly, did not commit a single error and retained his fourth place perfectly. Once again this goes to prove the ambition shown by the team and the drivers, to build on the on-going progress and the collaboration they have built up over a year. We are delighted to be able to build further solid steps towards the future. Here François has quite clearly shown that he has found his place in the World Championship. Our young newcomer Matthieu also drove an excellent stint and I am fully convinced that this season we can play a major part in the LM GTE Am class of the WEC and this as from the upcoming race at Spa-Francorchamps on 2nd and 3rd May.”

François Perrodo (Driver – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR #75 – LMGTE Am)

ProSpeed WEC14 MVaxiviereFPerrodoECollard“It was a good race, not only put in by my teammates Matthieu and “Manu”, but also by the entire team, providing strategically strong work as also top level pit-stop work. Unfortunately mechanical problems let us down, but all the rest means that we can in full confidence look ahead to the next race.”

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