24h Le Mans
Le Mans 2014 - Reactions from LM GTE competitors following the ACO press conference
A few representatives from some of the LM GTE Pro and Am teams said a few words on stage following the unveiling of the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours list of invited entries.
Battisti Pregliasco, Team-manager of AF Corse (Ferrari - LM GTE Pro)
"We have always done our max in the past and we will continue to do so with the Ferraris: we are looking for a good fight. We aren't looking for revenge at Le Mans this year, even though last year it was really close, but that's racing, that's sport."
Jérôme Policand, Team-manager of Team Sofrev ASP (Ferrari - LM GTE Am)
"This will be our first 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014, but I did it 13 times as a driver. Here we are, invited to Le Mans and it's a lot of emotion. It's in part because of Fabien Barthez (lead driver), who has put his trust in us. It's evident that we've taken an unconventional way to get here: a chance meeting in 2008 at a race track and now we are headed to Le Mans, but the hardest part is yet to come."
Fanck Rava, Team-manager of IMSA Performance Matmut (Porsche - LM GTE Am)
"IMSA Performance Matmut had a very good 2013 season and this year, we will concentrate on the ELMS and I hope we have the same results."
Olaf Manthey, Team-manager of Porsche Team Manthey (Porsche - LM GTE Pro)
"We won our class last year and we are going to attempt the same this year, but the competition is very very tough. In front of us, we have competitors who will be trying to do the same thing. We will be fighting hard in the WEC and are currently working on this now. Ferrari and Aston should not be sleeping comfortably!"
Patrick Pilet, Porsche factory driver
"It's going to be complicated to stay untouchable during 24 Hour races (Le Mans and Daytona). We proved our reliability last year and again this year at Daytona. We were also able to see that our competition was often as quick if not quicker than us on a single lap, but we worked hard over the winter. The car has evolved a lot, and now we focus on taking on the 24 Hours of Le Mans to remain unbeaten on long-distance races, as well as focusing on the title in WEC."
Marc Goossens, SRT Motorsports driver (Viper - LM GTE Pro)
"The real return to Le Mans for Viper was last year. We are absolutely overjoyed again this year that both cars were accepted. All I can say is that we have to keep showing that we have the performance that we had at Daytona this year and at season's end in ALMS last year. We can only hope."
David Richards, President of Aston Martin
"Le Mans, is really the high point in our year with all the British fans who come to see us race, so we have lots to do. We have won there before and we are gladly returning. For me, the LM P1 cars get all the glory, but there are some epic battles in GT. In recent years, we've seen some huge fights on track with fans watching and encouraging us."