Oreca ended its strong FIA World Endurance Championship season with its fourth in the last five races in the eight-race season, courtesy of G-Drive Racing.
Not only did G-Drive take their Oreca to the top step of the podium in Bahrain, but Pecom Racing also took pole position and the fastest lap throughout the weekend. The result makes Oreca the most successful chassis in LMP2 for 2013.
As well as the G-Drive trio of Roman Rusinov, Mike Conway and John Martin taking victory in the LMP2 class, they also made it to third place overall following retirements from multiple LMP1 entrants. Polesitters Pecom Racing lead for much of the race, but an incident in the fifth hour saw them drop down to seventh overall, behind the other Oreca in the field, the #25 Delta-ADR entry.
“What an excellent finale for Oreca with the overall victory for Toyota Racing and the Oreca 03 success in LM P2” said Oreca President Hugues de Chaunac. “To see one of our customer teams, G-Drive by Delta-ADR, alongside two big constructors such as Toyota and Audi, is absolutely fantastic. By winning four of the last five races, G-Drive Racing by Delta-ADR show all of their talent. Roman Rusinov, Mike Conway and John Martin once again had a perfect race. Bravo to them and to all of Simon Dowson’s team. We are disappointed for Pecom Racing who deserved a better result today. Added to Toyota Racing’s win, to which we are proud to provide operational support, this sixth victory in eight rounds is the best way to prove the qualities of our Oreca 03 LMP2 and I think it’s a unique achievement in such a competitive class ! It has been a very good season for Oreca Technology and for our engine department which prepares the Nissan V8. The results are positive and we’ll be back with even higher ambitions in 2014, notably in the new North American series, the United SportsCar Championship. These 6 Hours of Bahrain showed just what we are capable of.”