Gil de Ferran says he is hopeful that his team's luck will change as the American Le Mans Series heads to Long Beach next weekend for the third round of the year.

The de Ferran Motorsports outfit has shown its pace at both Sebring and St Petersburg with two poles from two since making the switch to LMP1 with the new Acura ARX-02a.

However, the car has failed to make it to the finish in either race after running into problems and de Ferran said he was hopeful that Long Beach would provide an upturn in fortunes.

"Obviously it was really disappointing to face retirement at St Petersburg when we had dominated the race for so long," he said." We had pole position thanks to Simon and the car felt fantastic early in the race but this was an unforeseen problem. These things are going to occur when you are running a brand new car so we are hoping that this is the end of our bad luck."

Pagenaud has raced at Long Beach a number of times in the past in both the Atlantic Championship and the Champ Car World Series, and the Frenchman said he was looking to try and build on the qualifying pace seen so far to bag some solid points.

"I am really looking forward to Long Beach," he said. "I love street circuits and our car has handled them really well so far. I think it is the big front tyres which helps the braking, but around the St Petersburg streets the car was fantastic to drive and although Long Beach is probably a little more bumpy I don't really have any concerns.

"We just need to keep up our qualifying performance and start reeling in the points."


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