LMP2 IN BRIEF

Autosport (UK) - - LE MANS REPORT LMP2 -

WOE FOR MON­TOYA

Juan Pablo Mon­toya en­dured a dis­as­trous re­turn to Le Mans with the Dragon­speed squad. The ORECA he shared with Memo Ro­jas and Ti­mothe Buret was be­set by en­gine prob­lems through­out the race. When a front-up­right bolt failed in hour 13, the team called it a day.

GRAFF PACE UN­RE­WARDED

The Graff Rac­ing ORECA starred in the hands of James Allen early on, but the French team’s vic­tory bid went awry when Vin­cent Capil­laire took over. The French­man had an off at the end of the Porsche Curves, clutch dam­age mean­ing the driv­ers had to leave the pits on the starter mo­tor. The car was still head­ing for fifth when Allen crashed on the en­try to the Porsche Curves in the fi­nal hour.

IDEC RE­BUILD PAYS OFF

The lead IDEC Sport team ended up sixth de­spite re­build­ing its ORECA around a new mono­coque af­ter Paul La­far­gue crashed in sec­ond free prac­tice. The car had to start a lap af­ter the rest of the field be­cause the driv­ers missed night qual­i­fy­ing, but a clear run from La­far­gue, Richard Bradley and Paul-loup Chatin brought an un­likely re­sult.

LATE CALL-UP FOR PILET

Porsche fac­tory driver Pa­trick Pilet was brought into the sec­ond IDEC ORECA when Amer­i­can Dwight Mer­ri­man wasn’t given clear­ance to race af­ter crash­ing on Thurs­day. The French­man was at Le Mans work­ing for Porsche in the Car­rera Cup pad­dock, and there­fore had al­ready taken the nec­es­sary COVID-19 test that al­lowed him to step in along­side Jonathan Ken­nard and Kyle Til­ley.

NO LUCK FOR QUICK NICK

There was no glo­ri­ous re­turn to the pro­to­type ranks for Nick Tandy. The over­all win­ner of the race with Porsche in 2015 en­dured a dif­fi­cult week in the G-drive/al­garve ORECA he shared with Oliver Jarvis and Ryan

Cullen. The car (below) wouldn’t do more than seven laps be­tween stops when it should have gone 10. On the ap­pear­ance of an elec­tri­cal prob­lem, sim­i­lar to that en­dured by the full G-drive en­try, the team re­tired.

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