Ryan Dalziel says there is no greater race than the Le Mans 24 Hours and is desperate to get going with the Tequila Patron Extreme Speed Motorsports LMP2 squad.
The Scottish driver feels his American team has learnt a huge amount since competing in the 6 Hours of Spa last month and hopes to part some further knowledge about Le Mans after claiming LMP2 victory in 2012 while racing for Starworks Motorsport.
“Saying I am excited about racing in Le Mans is an understatement. For me there is no other race that comes close to it,” Dalziel said. “I won the race in 2012, so I know what it takes to do it. I'm pumped.”
The ESM squad is set to make its Le Mans debut this weekend but hasn't enjoyed the smoothest starts to 2015. In the World Endurance Championship the US team has failed to notch up a top five finish in class but despite its struggles Dalziel is optimistic for Le Mans and is targeting a podium place.
“It has not been an easy season for Tequila Patrón ESM, but we had a great first outing at Spa with our new Ligier-Hondas followed by the Le Mans test, so I feel like we are well prepared,” he explained. “The team has done an outstanding job over the past couple of races and hopefully we can reward each and every one of the Patrón crew members with a podium.”
Both ESM HPD Ligier JS P2 machines will carry one-off Rolling Stone liveries for Le Mans.