The FIA World Endurance Championship is well underway and as the chequered flag waves over the finish line of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, it’s the Bahco sponsored Signatech Alpine car n°36 who claimed the victory in the LMP2 category.
The LMP2 battle was reignited after a lengthy safety car period and Signatech Alpine team of Nicolas Lapierre, Stephane Richelmi and Gustavo Menzes looked as though they were racing towards a smooth victory.
After a very quick stop into the pit, Lapierre was out again to track down and overtake the Number 31 Extreme Speed Motorsports car, managing to clutch a win by less than four seconds.
In a post-race interview featured on the World Endurance Championship website the drivers each gave their views on the incident filled race and their performance
Nicolas Lapierre, the driver who finished the race, said:
“That was an excellent race, but we certainly never had the opportunity to relax! I saw that I could take advantage of the presence of a backmarker to catch Derani by surprise, and I really enjoyed the move. I’m pleased for the whole team, who did a brilliant job, as well as for my two team-mates who have made extremely encouraging progress.”
Stephane Richelmi commented on the complications added by the presence of the safety car:
"Just over an hour from the end of the race, I was saying that a lot could still happen when I saw the Safety Car take to the track following at accident at Eau Rouge. That really complicated matters for us, but Nicolas made the difference and drew upon all of his endurance racing experience to master the situation."
Gustavo Menzes spoke about how it felt to earnt the top step of the podium:
"I’m absolutely thrilled – standing up on the top step of the podium was an emotional moment at the end of such a tough race. Believing that it would be a tall order to win, our target was to finish on the podium. Thankfully, Nicolas was exceptional. Not only is he teaching Stéphane and me a great deal outside of the car, but he is also hugely talented behind the wheel."
With the second race of the series completed, all eyes are moving towards France in preparation for the next race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans which starts on the 18th June.