François Perrodo of the #83 AF Corse gave his reaction on their victory in LM-GTE Am at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Round 6 of the World Endurance Championship.
The crew of Emmanuel Collard, François Perrodo, and Nicklas Nielsen claimed a class win at the 6 Hours of Spa.
The #83 last tasted victory at the Season 8 opener, which was the 4 Hours of Silverstone last September.
The AF Corse’s win extended their lead in the GTE-Am teams’ standings on 110 points, after the #90 TF Sport claimed victory last time out at COTA; TF Sport are now on 98 points.
Perrodo said: “[I was] super happy particularly since it wasn’t looking too good after quali (qualifying), FP1/2/3 were not so bad.
“And then in qualifications, the (GTE-Am) Porsches took it a step further and we were so far behind,” as the #83 car qualified P5 in-class with an average time of 2m17.593s.
Their time was a second off the #77 Dempsey-Proton on pole, and three of the five Am Porsche 911 RSRs qualified in the top-three spots.
“We just thought ‘okay it’s not looking so good’ – let’s score as many points as we can in this race and see what happens in Le Mans,” reflecting on the difficult qualifying performance.
“As you could see, it wasn’t quite the crazy race we had last year, but it was typical Spa weather (referring to the rain throughout) – and I think it made for an interesting spectacle except Thomas Laurent’s shunt (#36 Signatech Alpine LMP2), which was pretty bad so glad to hear he was okay.
He described the race timeline from their perspective: “It was a tough start, the Porsches improved their speed.
“[I] lost a bit of ground, but I think I was the first non-Porsche car (to lead the race), and eventually gave back the car to Manu’ [Emmanuel Collard] who did a really good job – then Nicklas [Nielsen] finished off with an amazing triple-stint.
“He did a really great job!”
They finished little-under three seconds ahead of the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing who took pole position in qualifying.