Oreca Hoping 03 Can Take Three In A Row

by Joe Hudson
Five Oreca 03 will be on the Hungaroring grid (Credit: Jean Michel le Meur/DPPI)

French car builder Oreca are hoping that their Oreca 03 can take three wins from the last three LMP2 class races as the ELMS runs into the Hungaroring.

Five Oreca 03s will be hoping to take the class victory in LMP2 – with one of those being the Alpine badged car – one of which could take the series title.

That team is 2012 champions Thiriet by TDS Racing, drivers Pierre Thiriet and Mathias Beche are aiming for a first place finish to gain the championship – as long as the Signatech Alpine finishes worse than third.

Xavier Combet, Team Manager, said: “We haven’t run the car since the 3 Hours of the Red Bull Ring, but because of our drivers and our place in the championship, that’s our mission. We know we can take the title with this race, but our priority remains to finish the race while avoiding any problems. We’re expecting a major battle, with tight competition.

“That said, I’m convinced that the race will not be decided on performance alone at the Hungaroring. Traffic will be complicated to manage with GT entries that will be difficult to pass. Strategy and pitstops will also be important. More than ever, the smallest details will make the difference.”

One team that are hoping to make a splash in what will be the penultimate round of the 2013 ELMS is Murphy Prototypes – powered by a Nissan engine, as are four of the other Orecas – the Irish team will be hoping that their test session at Snetterton, including driver Brendon Hartley, will see them to the front of the grid.

Jonathan Hirschi, who will be racing for the Irish team for the second time, stated: “Quite simply, we want to win. We were already in a position to do so at the Red Bull Ring, and this time we don’t want to miss out. The team is very professional but with a family like atmosphere, which I really like. I love this winding track, and it will be full of traps running with the GTs. The traffic will be the key to the race.”

To see if an Oreca chassis can make it to the top step of the podium you can watch the race on Saturday 14th September live on Motors TV or listen on www.radiolemans.com.

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