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WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP – LMP2 – SIX HOURS OF SILVERSTONE

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 14:15
With regular driver Luca Moro having to skip Round 4 of the WEC for personal reasons, former F1 driver Christijan Albers joined the Lotus LMP2 team in the #31 car, alongside Thomas Holzer and Mirco Schultis.
LMP2 6 HRS SILVERSTONE 2012-3Kevin Waeda, James Rossiter and Vitantonio Liuzzi took up the fight in the #32 machine.

Works driver Rossiter celebrated his birthday on Saturday with LMP2 P7 in qualifying (14the overall), while Holzer put the sister car in P14.

Unfortunately the #32  car was unable to make the distance in Sunday’s endurance race. An engine change meant Rossiter had to start from the pitlane and a lap down. He fought successfully to make up positions but then had to pit with a broken exhaust. Waeda attempted the second stint but had to pull over after a few laps due to engine failure.

Car #31 finished 12th in LMP2. Due to an unplanned service on the last lap the result is not as strong as had been hoped.

Thomas Holzer: “Today, we got a lot of track experience and learned a lot about the car. We had the race speed and could do constant laptimes. We are improving race by race and this is important for us.”

James Rossiter: “It is a shame we couldn’t finish the race after we experienced another engine failure. After we had to start from the pitlane, I was able to overtake a lot of cars and make up many positions. Suddenly, the exhaust broke and the engine wiring loom caught fire. There was a lot of smoke in the cockpit and I wasn’t able to see anything. The mechanics couldn’t fix the car again and the engine failed again. It is just a weekend to forget.”

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