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6 June 2012

Lotus LMP2 Preview to the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Lotus is looking forward to the biggest race on the calendar of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The legendary endurance race is one of the greatest racing spectacles in the world and will celebrate its 80th anniversary this year. Participating in the classic of sports car racing is a highlight for everyone and Lotus is proud to bring the legendary black and gold livery back to this historical event.

At the obligatory test day prior to the race, Lotus was running with its LMP2 car and the drivers got a first impression of the 13,629 km long race track.

The team is well prepared for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and eager to show a good performance at its debut at the Sarthe.

The event kicks off on Wednesday, 13th June with free practice and the first qualifying session. A further two qualifying sessions will follow the next day. The race gets underway at 3:00 pm on Saturday, 16th June.

Thomas Holzer, Race Driver #31:
“I am looking forward to being at Le Mans! It will be a new adventure for me. The atmosphere is unique and driving in front of the crowd must be amazing, especially at night. After the race in Spa, where we couldn’t show our real potential, we want to prove that we can have good results. The biggest challenge for every team and driver will be to balance to do constantly quick lap times and the ability to run 24 hours and to take no risks. But we are working hard and I am sure that we can show a strong performance.”

Mirco Schultis, Race Driver #31:
“I am happy to drive for Lotus at Le Mans and I am very looking forward to being at the wheel of the Lotus LMP2. I did not participate in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans before, but it is an event that everybody wants to be part of it. Even if I was doing many 24 hours races like Daytona, it is something very special to start in Le Mans. It is the legendary race and you can’t compare it with another race. During the test day, I already got some valuable mileage and made some acquaintance with the track. I hope that we will have a good result and we are working hard for that.”

Luca Moro, Race Driver #31:
“I was at the Le Mans test day some years ago but I have never race in the legendary 24 hours race of Le Mans. It is very exciting to be part of it and it is a great to compete with Lotus. It will be a great feeling driving the LMP2 car around the track and I think it is going to be a strong competition in this class during the race. I hope that we will finish in a good position and I am very looking forward to it.”