‘We’re learning and improving quickly’ says Dumas after 6H Monza efforts

Glickenhaus Racing driver for the #709 Hypercar Romain Dumas was satisfied with the progression shown by the team since their Portimao debut.

The Frenchman set to enter in his 21st consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours next month reflected positively on the 6 Hours of Monza after Glickenhaus Racing edged out their untapped pace.

The 43-year-old participated at the 8 Hours of Portimao where the team made their FIA World Endurance Championship debut where it was a challenging affair.

He said on Twitter: “Our 2nd race with Glickenhaus was really interesting with a good pace, even leading the race at some point.

“It was great to fight at the top. A perfect motivation for everyone. Thanks to the team for the job done.

“We’re learning and improving quickly. I enjoyed my time in the car.”

The #708 seemed to be stronger Glickenhaus Hypercar compared to the #709 ahead of its race debut.

During qualifying, Pipo Derani qualified the car into P4, just over five-tenths behind the Alpine. Richard Westbrook was a further 2.3s back in P5.

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The #708 begun the race on seven cylinders therefore inducing an eight-minute-long pitstop to change the broken spark plug adding to upcoming gearbox troubles that forced them to retire.

Meanwhile, the #709 was further asserting strong pace lighting up the sector times, especially in the hands of a team regular Franck Mailleux who has not raced in the WEC since Le Mans in 2014.

The 2016 Porsche LMP1 World Champion was asserting his pace in the car with consistent running in the 1m37s throughout, and demonstrated the SCG 007 LMH‘s capable speeds on Monza’s straights.

One of the notable battles included the #709 intensely chasing down the #36 Alpine Elf Matmut; such circumstances were far from possible in Portimao.

Hypercar dramas peaked at the fourth hour as both Toyotas were encountering some form of troubles and Glickenhaus found themselves in the lead briefly, before succumbing to changing the front brake pads.

The brake’s cooling abilities, as well as untapping more in terms of reliability and performance, will be on the team’s minds to prepare for the 24 Hours of Le Mans next month.