WEC: Perrodo “over-the-moon” after clenching second GTE-Am title

The #83 AF Corse crew won the FIA LM-GTE Am Endurance Trophy for Drivers’ and Perrodo was delighted to claim his second title.

François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard, and Nicklas Nielsen claimed the championship win at the 8 Hours of Bahrain season finale, with a second-placed race finish.

Perrodo described his reaction as “over-the-moon” to summarise his emotions having claimed another title (and a Team’s Championship) in GTE-Am since his first (also with Collard) in 2016.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “I mean particularly after this race, it was really hard for myself, but Emmanuel [Collard] and Nicklas [Nielsen] really pulled it off, they’ve done a great job.”

Heading into the race, the #83 crew were second in the LM-GTE Am standings, eight points behind the #90 TF Sport’s 148 score.

The #83 started in seventh out of 10 GTE-Ams, whilst the #90 started the race in second.

Perrodo himself had a tricky first stint after staying on the back end of the field.

Approaching two into the eight hours, Collard got the race’s first drive-through penalty for his excessive abuse of track limits as he pushed the car.

“I think after three hours, we were one lap down, I think it’s been a really hard season to be honest.

“We were never the favourite but somehow we managed to clench a couple of wins and strong points every single race,” he reflected on their consistent performances throughout Season 8.

The #90 TF Sport suffered a blow to their title chances after they had to perform a front brake change due to the harsh nature of the braking zones at the Sakhir International Circuit.

“It’s been great to do it again with my old friend Emmanuel [Collard] and to meet a brilliant talent like Nicklas [Nielsen]- we didn’t know him at the beginning of the season but he’s an unbelievable pilot – so it’s been amazing.

“Luca, our engineer, has a role to play too and this is AF Corse – it’s like a big family and the boys did an incredible job.”