Oreca Teams Aiming For The Top Step In Bahrain

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G-Drive Racing will be one of the teams taking Oreca machinery to the test (Credit:: Florent Gooden/DPPI)

With just one round of the FIA World Endurance Championship remaining, the Oreca 03 LMP2 teams will be looking to take their sixth victory in the eight race season.

G-Drive Racing has taken three victories with the Oreca in the last four races of the season, while Pecom Racing will be looking to repeat their success of its 2012 Six Hours of Bahrain victory.

G-Drive Racing currently lies fourth in the LMP2 Teams’ Championship, with drivers John Martin, Mike Conway and Roman Rusinov currently sitting in third in the Trophy for LMP2 Drivers’. Having finished no lower than second in the last four races, the trio will be looking to keep their run of strong results going in to Bahrain.

“The goal is clear, to win,” enthused Rusinov. “We have been anything but quiet these last four races and we will still be in ‘full attack’ mode. Mathematically, the title is possible, but we have to be realistic, it will be very hard. We aren’t thinking about it. We simply know that we have nothing to lose and that anything can happen, like we saw at Shanghai with contact from another competitor. We have a good car, a good team and good driver lineup. If each does its job, then we have a good chance of getting an excellent result. But competition is very strong in LM P2. There are really good competitors in the class and at each race we have to reset and start the battle anew.”

Despite sitting in third in the LMP2 standings, the G-Drive trio are the first LMP2 drivers in the overall FIA World Drivers’ Championship.

Pecom Racing has had a strong season, including a win at Spa and several podium finishes, but fell to third in the Teams’ Trophy after a disappointing race at the Six Hours of Shanghai. Mathematically still in with a shot at the title, the trio of Luis Perez, Pierre Kaffer and Nicolas Minassian know that repeating their 2012 victory is the best way to keep their title hopes alive.

“We want to finish the season with a victory” offered Minassian. “We are focusing on that objective. There is nothing to calculate and we head to the event pumped up. Because of the position we are in, we can allow ourselves to be more aggressive, as much in our driving and setup as our strategy. We ran well at Bahrain last year, so we have a good base to start with.”

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