Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud will be aim to make the most of home advantage this weekend as the American Le Mans Series heads to Mid-Ohio for the sixth round of the year.

The pace-setting pair head into the event on a roll having taken the #66 XM Radio Acura ARX-02a to three consecutive victories in Long Beach, Salt Lake City and most recently at Lime Rock.

Despite that, the pair still lie second to Highcroft duo David Brabham and Scott Sharp in the standings, with the focus on taking a fourth straight win to narrow the gap still further.

"Every race is crucial and it's important that we maintain our recent momentum at Mid-Ohio," team owner de Ferran said. "Our failure to finish at the opening round at Sebring is still hurting us in the points table even though we have won more than twice as many races as the leaders.

"That said there's no point worrying about the championship at this stage; we just need to keep our heads down and do the best we can each weekend. It's a case of taking one race at a time and then seeing where we are closer to the end of the season.

"In the meantime, I'm looking forward to Mid-Ohio as this is always a home race for all the Honda and Acura folk. Consequently there's always huge support for us, which supercharges the atmosphere. We were very competitive at Mid-Ohio 12 months ago - it's a circuit that we understand well, so that bodes well for another strong performance."

Team-mate Pagenaud admitted that continuing the winning run was important for the team's title hopes, and said he was keen to pick up a strong result for team member Keith Jones - who suffered serious burns in a refuelling accident during the Mid-Ohio race last season.

"The team is doing a great job but we must keep winning to maintain our challenge for the championship," he said. "Mid-Ohio is, in effect, our home race so this is a very important weekend for Acura. It's a very technical circuit with two fast corners, which should suit the ARX-02a. We had a good race there last year before the incident in the pits. Now it would be great if we could get a good result for Jonesie."

Comments

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment