Lotus News Article

WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP – LMP1 – SIX HOURS OF SILVERSTONE

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 10:00
Lotus-Rebellion extended its lead in the LMP1 Team Trophy for privateers, finishing fourth and sixth overall.
LMP1 6 Hrs Silverstone 2012-23Neel Jani made up one place from his P5 grid slot at the start and then gave chase to the dominant works Audis and Toyota. After a trouble-free first stint in the six hour marathon, he handed driving duties to Nicolas Prost.

Unfortunately his #12 car spun after contact with the GT #57, which had already traded paint with the #1 Audi. The Lotus-Rebellion team were forced to pit to change tyres and were then handed a stop-go penalty. Come the next driver change, damaged bodywork was replaced costing the Swiss team more vital time.

Jani retook control and pushed to recover from seventh and finished the race sixth overall and third in the privateer class.

The sister #13 car, starting with Andrea Belicchi at the wheel from P6, made up places. Harold Primat took the second stint, which was equally strong, and finished ahead of Jani and Prost in fourth position and first of the non-works outfits.

Neel Jani: “I made a good start and put in a strong triple stint. At the mid race, we were, with Nico, fourth overall, one minute ahead of the petrol cars. The penalty and the unscheduled stops ended our race because we lost more than two minutes doing this. And as all the cars were driving more or less at the same speed, it has been impossible to catch back up. It's a pity but we have taken the points we could take. We are now fourth in the driver classification and are still aiming for the third place. And we are leading the FIA WEC Trophy of Best Privateer Team.”

Harold Primat: “We have had a trouble free race. In a way, we have taken benefit of the troubles of our sister car #12. But it is good to see that when one car of the team can't succeed, the other one can. It shows that we are a strong team and I'm happy with that. Personally, I feel more competitive and we'll have to be more and more efficient to stay ahead.”