What the LMGTE winners said after the 24 Hours of Le Mans
The thoughts of the LMGTE Pro winners and Dempsey Proton Racing team owner Patrick Dempsey and its drivers.
Kevin Estre – Porsche GT Team, No.92 Porsche 911 RSR, winner LMGTE Pro
"This was great racing from Porsche and Ford. The Fords showed a top speed of around 190 mph and we could never achieve that. In the beginning of the race I also had a big fight with Gimmi (Gianmaria Bruni, one of the drivers of the #91 911 RSR, Ed.). This victory is a big thing for me. This is the only race of the year I compete in France. My family and friends were here so I got a lot of pressure, that’s why this win is so emotional for me. I am proud to share this moment with my team mates who are also very good friends."
Michael Christensen – Porsche GT Team, No.92 Porsche 911 RSR, winner LMGTE Pro
"Having a 4-car squad here at Le Mans was of big help for all of us, engineers, mechanics and drivers. The car is quite new and we still have a lot of things to learn, but it improved a lot from last year. Pressure was big though, when we controlled the race we had to take care of the car and not to touch everyone in the traffic."
Laurens Vanthoor – Porsche GT Team, No.92 Porsche 911 RSR, winner LMGTE Pro
"The 70th anniversary of Porsche, with this special livery, car and helmets, will definitely be something we will remember. We had to control the race when we took the lead but I wanted to go faster. This 911 is fantastic, I wish I could enjoy more laps at the wheel but we had a job to get done. We also need luck for victory. Me and my team mates had a lot of races together, and luck paid us back."
Julien Andlauer – Dempsey Proton Racing, No.77 Porsche 911 RSR, winner LMGTE Am
“At 18 years of age I was given the chance to contest Le Mans for the first time and then we won. I’m very proud of the whole team and I can’t really believe it yet. Now I’m the youngest Le Mans winner, incredible.”
Matt Campbell - Dempsey Proton Racing, No.77 Porsche 911 RSR, winner LMGTE Am
"Don't think it's simple to lead the race. It may seem easy from the outside looking in, but it isn't. You have to know how to find your rhythm and not make any mistakes."
Patrick Dempsey (Team Owner) – Dempsey Proton Racing
“Qualifying was chaotic. I was sure something would happen in the race, but I have never had a race go so smoothly before. These young drivers had such a level of class. These are young stars emerging! Imagine, you’re in your first race here at Le Mans, at 18 years of age, and he took the lead!
“There was a lot of pressure on everybody but Chris (Ried) has done a fantastic job preparing the team. They were flawless. It’s been such a magical experience and one I wanted to enjoy. To see these guys up there on the podium, among all those familiar faces, has been amazing. They’re so impressive. We’re so lucky to be part of this sport; we’re privileged and very fortunate.”
Revised provisional results can be found HERE