6 Hours of COTA: What the LMP1 drivers said
The trio of drivers in the No.12 Rebellion racing Lola Toyota combined great pace with a trouble free run and good strategy from the team to achieve a solid fourth place finish in the first FIA WEC 6 Hours of the Circuit Of The Americas.
With this strong result the team recorded their fourth win in five races in the 2013 FIA Endurance LMP1 Teams’ Trophy, achieving another milestone by winning their second FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Teams in two years.
Nick Heidfeld: “For my first time here at COTA I found the circuit to be great, the first sector is amazing. We were here to learn, and we are happy with what we found. I am massively looking forward to Petit Le Mans and to taking the fight to the Pickett Racing Muscle Milk car. We watched the ALMS race here on Saturday, but as it was not in the same conditions as our race on Sunday, it’s hard to compare the pace of our car and theirs. I’ve never been to Road Atlanta, but everyone tells me that it is great.”
Nicolas Prost: “I took the wheel in the race with not many laps under my belt from practice. I had to re-learn the track in the first few laps, but after that, it was great fun driving. The car was well balanced in race conditions. The gap with the factory cars is nearly the same as we expected, so we were at our right level. I can’t wait to be back at Petit Le Mans, it would be nice to win the race again, especially the last edition with the big prototypes.”
Mathias Beche: “Even if we cannot really fight with the works teams, I am happy with our result today. I want to congratulate the team for their hard work and the good strategy during the race. We had a nice car to race here and we improved by trying new solutions on the car. I am looking forward to the race at Fuji, it will be my first time in Japan. I like to discover new tracks, new countries. It will also be good to have Andrea back in the car again.”
Quotes from team press releases
Photos: CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS (AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA), 6 HOURS OF CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS, SUNDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2013, RACE.