Endurance - 24 Hours of Le Mans: Toyota minimizes the gap with Glickenhaus - Sport 365

Published on June 12, 2022 at 8:32 p.m. – updated on June 13, 2022 at 7:16 a.m.

Mathieu WARNIER

While Toyota dominated the 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans head and shoulders, the technical director of the Japanese team Pascal Vasselon assured that the gap separating his crews from Glickenhaus is not as important as that seen at the finish of the race.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans once again boiled down to a fratricidal duel. While Alpine lost ground very quickly, Glickenhaus was unable to provide real competition to Toyota. Interviewed shortly after the conclusion of the 90th edition of the Le Mans classic, the technical director of the Japanese team Pascal Vasselon confided that this double “will be counted among the great successes, even if the copy is not perfect”. ” We had a little problem, but no car made it into the garage, which is still good, and car number 8 ran almost perfectly. “, added the French leader in remarks collected by motorsport.com. A scoreboard respected to the letter which put the first of the two Glickenhaus at five towers. However, Pascal Vasselon wanted to minimize the difference between the two prototypes. “Glickenhaus was a bit set back at night, but their times were exactly in our rhythm, assured the technical director of Toyota. There were three cars in three tenths, all three in 3’27″7, so in direct potential they were at the same level. They lacked consistency in certain conditions. »

Vasselon: “We didn’t make many mistakes”

If Toyota very quickly saw the competition being left behind, the Japanese team never took anything for granted. The ghost of the 2016 edition, lost in the last lap against Porsche, remains very present. ” For us, racing is never boring, we are always worried, we always feel like we don’t have a margin, but yes, it’s true that we haven’t made many mistakes, assured Pascal Vasselon. We’ve been pretty consistent. Toyota’s technical director, however, hailed the performance and potential of their closest rivals. ” Our strength, compared to Glickenhaus, is to adapt quite quickly to each condition, but they have the potential, he said. Considering the youth of their car, of their organization, it is remarkable. “If the difference between the two teams was five laps at the finish, Pascal Vasselon assured that, without worries for the American team, it would be much less. “Car 709 had I believe two stops which caused it to lose a lap so the gap is not four or five laps, it is two laps “, he said. The situation will now be different since, from Monza next July, Peugeot will be back while Porsche, Ferrari and Cadillac will be present in 2023.


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