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Lotus Praga LMP2 - 24 Hours of Le Mans - Race Report

Monday, June 24, 2013 - 10:30
#31 Kevin Weeda (USA) – James Rossiter (GBR) – Christophe Bouchut (FRA) - #32 Thomas Holzer (DEU) – Dominik Kraihamer (AUT) – Jan Charouz (CZE)

Lotus Praga LMP2, 24h, Le MansRace Result

#31    retired
#32    retired

Lotus Praga LMP2 started the 90th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Christophe Bouchut in car #31, who made up several positions in the first few laps. Thomas Holzer was at the wheel of #32 for the start and was also on a good pace.

After about two hours of the race, Kevin Weeda in car #31 spun and had to stop the car on the track. During the night, Dominik Kraihamer (#32) did made excellent progress and continued setting good and constant lap times despite an Audi making contact with him.

A failure on the bellhousing consequently caused damage on the fitted auxiliaries and  forced the team to retire.

The Lotus Praga LMP2 team performed well at its only second start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and with the new Lotus Praga T128 LMP2. The team showed a great effort and was working hard during the whole week.

Christophe Bouchut, Lotus Praga LMP2, 24 Hours of Le MansChristophe Bouchut, Race Driver #31:

“It’s a shame that we had to retire. I would have preferred to finish my 20th race at Le Mans, but that’s racing. We had a good pace during the week and the car has got a lot of potential. I would like to thank the team for their great job.”

Thomas Holzer, Lotus Praga LMP2, 24 Hours of Le MansThomas Holzer, Race Driver #32:

“We had to retire this morning. Nevertheless, we had a good car and we were on a good pace. It’s a shame we didn’t cross the finish line. But we will keep on working hard and fight back at the next races.”