The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) speeds into the next round on the calendar, and into a race that every driver wants to win. It’s time for the most iconic endurance race in the world – the 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Louis Delétraz has the grit and determination to reconnect for more success at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
The REMUS-supported driver together with teammates Robert Kubica and Yifei Ye in #41 Oreca 07 Gibson go into the biggest race of the year aiming for victory after 24 demanding hours of wheel-to-wheel racing in the LMP2 category. They must all work hard as a team and hope for the perfect race weekend to bring home the glory for Team WRT and stand as race winners on the podium – a momentous achievement for any racing driver.
Circuit de la Sarthe is never an easy circuit to endure. The circuit boasts some of the most famous corners in the world of racing – Virage D’Arnage and Virage de Mulsanne and some of the highest speeds on Hunaudieres.
The 24-year-old made his 24h of Le Mans debut last year driving the LMP1 car with Rebellion Racing where he finished in P4. Louis impressed and set the second fastest top speed in FIA WEC history, after spending just under 11 hours in the cockpit.
“Le Mans is a dream track for any racing driver. It’s made up of very long straights and very technical corners. It has the highest speeds of the year, so experience is important because it’s easy to make a mistake here, so it can be dangerous. The track is very interesting and obviously everyone loves the 24 hours of Le Mans”, Louis explains.
Sunday’s traditional pre-event test was the only chance for teams to experience the 13.626km circuit before race week, making nine hours of practice particularly important to prepare the cars for the big race. Now the engineers will analyse data and optimise settings, while mechanics will rebuild the cars prior to the first practice session on Wednesday.
Louis Delétraz: “I am really looking forward to the race. It’s out of the ELMS championship for us, but we want to do well for the team. It’s a very high-speed track, quite difficult, and the strategy is also crucial, we collected a lot of data yesterday which will be useful. It’s going to be a long week up until Sunday, so let’s stay humble and work well all together.”