LMS: Pescarolo Dominates Paul Ricard

Famed French squad wins in comeback race.

John Dagys |

Sunday’s Six Hours of Le Castellet marked the comeback for one the sport’s stalwarts. Pescarolo Sport was absent from the Le Mans Series grid last year following a nasty dissolution of the long-running privateer squad. Resurrected during the off-season thanks to a few sportscar loyalists, Henri’s team was reborn, with the goal of returning to their winning ways.

It only took one race for Pescarolo to return to the top step of the podium, following a dominant display by the famed French outfit. Emmanuel Collard, Christophe Tinseau and Julien Jousse drove their Judd-powered Pescarolo to a two-lap victory in what was an eventful Le Mans Series season-opener.

Pescarolo held command from end of the first hour, benefiting from a lengthy stop for the pole-sitting No. 12 Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60 Toyota of Neel Jani, which had gearbox issues. With other LMP1 competitors also falling by the wayside, including the Quifel-ASM Team Zytek of Olivier Pla, which suffered suspension damage from a tire puncture, it gave the French trio clear sailing to the finish.

“It’s a great result for us for sure,” Collard said. “After one year of no racing and to come back here and win the race is fantastic. To be honest, I was a bit surprised because the car was so [good]. We knew that during the race we would be able to double-stint the tires. It was a great race for us.”

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