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Pla to defend crown

2009 Le Mans Series LMP2 champion Olivier Pla will race again with Miguel Amaral and the Quifel-ASM Team next year.
Olivier Pla has signed a deal that will see him remain with the Quifel-ASM Team for the third straight year in 2010.

With team-mate Miguel Amaral, the Toulouse native will again drive a Ginetta-Zytek in the Le Mans Series and at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Pla had a fruitful season in 2009, with two Le Mans Series victories and three poles in LMP2, leading him to the title.

He will now be looking to defend his crown during the five rounds of the 2010 Le Mans Series, starting April 11 with the 8 Hours of the Castellet, a month after the official tests on the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit.

"We had a very good year and we hope to continue in this direction," said Pla. "Winning a championship is never easy, but defending it is even harder. We know the competition has gotten better, especially with the arrival of the Honda-Acuras. That said we have some strengths in that we know the Ginetta-Zytek very well now. Our latest tests went well and we will be receiving a few evolutions to the car.

"We can count on an excellent chassis-engine combination and the Dunlop tyres perform very well. Therefore we are excited to battle against our competition, with one objective: to win once again."

Along with his Le Mans Series programme, the French driver will also contest the Le Mans 24 Hours for the third time, a race in which the Quifel-ASM team already has an invitation. After a fourth place in 2008 and a retirement in 2009 after a technical problem, Pla is determined to do well.

"The Le Mans 24 Hours remains the pinnacle, and with a car that is competitive and reliable, the expectations are high," Pla continued. "The team, as well as Miguel and I, would like to reach the podium at this fantastic event.

"We will aim for victory, even if we know that anything can happen during a twice around the clock race. It's a mythical race that you have to tackle with humility.

"But Quifel-ASM has focused on continuity: we are used to working together, the engineers, the mechanics have a perfect knowledge of the Ginetta-Zytek, and we have the experience we gained last year. These are important elements for a race so long and difficult. We hope that this will allow us to make the difference.

"I'm hungry for success. In 2009, we tasted victory on several occasions in the Le Mans Series and I have a desire to find this joy again. I'm happy to have my 2010 programme set before the end of this year. This allows me to really prepare for my two main objectives in 2010."

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40 QUIFEL - ASM TEAM PRT D Ginetta-Zytek 09S - Zytek Miguel Amaral (PRT)	 Olivier Pla (FRA)
40 QUIFEL - ASM TEAM PRT D Ginetta-Zytek 09S - Zytek Miguel Amaral (PRT)	 Olivier Pla (FRA)
40 Ginetta-Zytek 09S - Zytek Miguel Amaral (PRT) Olivier Pla (FRA), 89 Ferrari F430 GT Allan Simonsen (DNK) Pierre Kaffer (DEU), LMS
40 QUIFEL - ASM TEAM Olivier Pla (FRA)

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