A new and exciting endurance race awaits Louis this weekend, as the Swiss driver will take part in the FIA World Endurance Championship behind the wheel of the Inter Europol Competition team LMP2 car at Portimão.
The 8 Hours of Portimão will be held this coming weekend in Portugal with Louis arriving with a clear goal – to show the best result possible. The REMUS-supported driver is replacing Renger Van der Zande who has other commitments and will join Alex Brundle and Kuba Smiechowski behind the wheel of the #34 Oreca-07 Gibson.
Completed in 2008, the Algarve International Circuit features 15 corners over 4.653 kilometres in a succession of very steep climbs and descents. Although Portimão is a new venue for WEC, it is a familiar one for Louis as he knows the track from some testing sessions in the past.
“Portimão is a nice track with a lot of elevation change. I know the track from some testing sessions in the past and it might be challenging with the traffic for the 8-hour race”, Louis explains.
A total of 33 cars will compete in Round 2 of the WEC season, with 11 LMP2 entries. The first Free Practice session will take place on Friday at 15:15 local time (16:16 CEST). Free Practice 2 will start on Saturday morning at 09:35, and Free Practice 3 will follow at 14:00 with Qualifying for LMP2 and Hypercar at 18:20. Sunday’s 8-hour race will get underway at 11:00 local time (12:00 CEST).
Louis Delétraz: “I’m looking forward to the first FIA WEC race in Portimao together with the Inter Europol Competition team. I will also join them in Fuji. There’s a great challenge ahead and I think we have a lot to learn and to work on this weekend. My goal is to show the best possible result and I’m looking forward to working with the team and with my teammates to push for the maximum result possible. It will be very warm, and the race will be tough, so we have to be ready and to be on top of the game.”