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Starworks secure second big success
18 June 2012
Starworks Motorsport secured his second major victory of the season after adding victory in the LMP2 class at Le Mans to its win at Sebring earlier in the year.
On its first attempt at the French classic, the team's HPD ARX-03b emerged on top of a titanic LMP2 battle that raged throughout the race, with Enzo Potolicchio, Tom Kimber-Smith and Ryan Dalziel coming home a lap ahead of the second placed TDS Racing Oreca.
“This is an amazing result,” Potolicchio said. “We run in Grand Am, in United-States, that to me doesn't get the recognition it deserves. Last October, we decided to do something else while having dinner together and we ended up in the WEC.
“We won at Sebring and we now win at Le Mans. I've watched these two races on TV for so long and it's a great feeling to win at these fabulous circuits.”
Dalziel, who like Potolocchio has driven for the team in Grand-Am, was also delighted with the success.
"At Sebring we had a brand new car and we won,” he said. “At Spa, we had to do some work on the car but the Honda Performance Development chassis is perfect. We haven't got the pace of the Oreca chassis but we could do triple stints. I think that was the key to our success.
"A clean car is generally the car which ends up in victory lane. Our car has got a couple of batters and bruises on it but HPD have built a really strong chassis. We had a couple of small, strange things go wrong during the race – the ECU fell into the tub, for example, but they were small things and nothing that anyone could see from the outside.”
Kimber-Smith meanwhile was a late addition to the team after Stephane Sarrazin joined Toyota for the race, with the Briton securing his third class win in four starts at Le Mans; having won GT2 back in 2006 and then LMP2 last year with Greaves Motorsport.
“I would like to thank Enzo, Ryan and [team boss] Peter Baron,” he said. “We followed our plan. I actually fell ill during the night and Enzo wasn't planning to do much of the night running but he had to step up and he did a great job. I won last year with a Zytek and I now win with a Honda. For me, a fast and winning car is just perfect. Any winning car is perfect.”
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