Sports | 18 September 2017

Alpine – Success at 6 Hours of COTA (Circuit of the Americas) in Austin

2017 - 6 heures WEC du Circuit des Amériques
A perfect weekend for no.36 Alpine A470 in Austin, 6th round of LMP2 World Championship.
by Thomas AUDEBERT

Bernard Ollivier, Alpine Deputy Managing Director: “In Austin, Alpine achieved a perfect weekend with pole position, victory and lap record. We had hoped that this race would be a turning point in our season and I think that's exactly what it has been.”

Gustavo Menezes: “It was a great race - we managed our strategy perfectly.”

2017 - 6 heures WEC du Circuit des Amériques

Philippe Sinault, Signatech Alpine Matmut Team Principal: “By using hard tyres, we accepted that we would have a little bit less speed on one lap, but felt that this approach would pay off over the entire race. On the first stint, we saw that we were quicker than our rivals, who had to manage tyre degradation.”

2017 - 6 heures WEC du Circuit des Amériques

Nicolas Lapierre: “A few events and racing incidents made our job a little bit more complicated, but no one panicked.”

GM: “It was difficult to accept losing our forty-second lead when the safety car came out, but we managed to pull clear again shortly afterwards. André and Nico then did a great job. My final stint wasn't easy, as I had to push in order to compensate for the time lost changing the rear hood.”

2017 - 6 heures WEC du Circuit des Amériques

PS: “It could still have all gone wrong on the final pit stop, with the hood change imposed by the stewards. It's by no means a trivial operation, but the guys did a great job. Our goal was to win the race and that's exactly what we did. We're going to keep fighting right to the end of the season!”
André Negrão: “All the members of the team really deserve this win and I'm very pleased to have played my part. I'm already looking ahead to Japan, because we have started to come back in the overall standings and I think we have the potential to keep it up until the end of the season.”

2017 - 6 heures WEC du Circuit des Amériques

BO: “The Alpine A470 seems to have got up to speed now and we're determined to pick up in Asia where we have left off here, and defend our title to the very end!”

2017 - 6 heures WEC du Circuit des Amériques

FIA Endurance LMP2 "Teams" Trophy

1. Jackie Chan DC Racing no.38 – 130 points
2. Vaillante Rebellion no.31 – 110 points
3. Signatech Alpine Matmut no.36 – 102 points
4. Jackie Chan DC Racing no.37 – 69 points
5. CEFC Manor TRS Racing no.24 – 63 points
6. G-Drive Racing no.26 – 62 points
7. Vaillante Rebellion no.13 – 54 points
8. TDS Racing no.28 – 33 points
9. CEFC Manor TRS Racing no.25 – 20 points


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