Despite starting from the pit lane, KC Motorgroup worked their way up the LMP2 field at yesterday’s 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and finished 4th in class.
The team of Richard Bradley, Matt Howson and Nicolas Lapierre had qualified 2nd in the LMP2 category but after failing scrutineering they were forced to start from the pit lane, instantly putting them at a disadvantage.
Within the first hour of the race, Lapierre moved through the LMP2 and GTE fields. By the end of his 42 lap stint, the #47 ORECA 05 Coupe was in 14th overall, 6th in class. With the race entering its second hour, Howson took the wheel driving a perfect stint before swapping with Bradley. Lapierre completed the race for KCMG, and took the car from 6th to 4th place.
“We delivered a fantastic result considering that we started from the pit lane with the 30 second penalty, and to finish 13 seconds off the podium is credit to the team,” commented Richard Bradley. “The car has got good speed and there has been a significant progress since Silverstone. We head to Le Mans next month feeling very confident.”
“The race result was not what we aimed for, but we have seen again the potential of the car,” said a slightly disappointed Lapierre. “We’ve improved our setup a lot during the weekend and we feel ready for Le Mans. Overall, I enjoyed my first race in LMP2 with the team despite the tough start.”
Going into the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13/14, the Hong Kong-based team is third in LMP2 standings.