june 15, 2019 - Alpine Matmut

Signatech Alpine matmut present in the face of adversity

 

The action got underway at 19:00 in warmer conditions than the day before. André Negrão was first to go out to try to beat the time of 3:26.935s set in session one. The Brazilian’s attempt was disrupted by the red flag caused by a mechanical issue for an LMP1 car.

Following a short stint at the restart, André handed over to #nicolaslapierre, but he soon returned to the pits due to the engine cutting out caused by an electrical problem. The n°36 #alpine A470 finished the session in its garage and dropped to third place in LMP2.

The work carried out by the mechanics and engineers allowed #nicolaslapierre to solve the problem and return to the track only a few minutes after the start of the final qualifying session.

 

With the times coming down, the Frenchman was ahead of the provisional pole, but his lap

With the times coming down, the Frenchman was ahead of the provisional pole, but his lap was ruined by an incident of a GTE Pro entry, causing a full­course yellow. Nico was then relayed by Pierre Thiriet, whose run was interrupted by a red flag.

When the session resumed, André Negrão and Pierre Thiriet shared the work before #nicolaslapierre set off in search of a quick time in the final half­hour. With 10 minutes remaining, the Frenchman got a nearly clear lap to set a time of 3:25.874s to move from eighth to fourth place in LMP2. Fastest in sectors one and two, he was then hampered several times by the traffic in the third one.

Friday morning, the race stewards disqualified the n° 39 Graff entry that had initially taken the pole position in the category as one of its drivers missed the mandatory stop at the weight scales and thus the #alpine A470 was promoted to the third position.

The team will now prepare for the Saturday morning warm­up ahead of the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans at 15:00.