Paul di Resta: Le Mans start in the realm of possibility
Paul di Resta sniffed at the 24 hours of Daytona’s long-distance air, which he really liked – is it now possible for the DTM driver to go to Le Mans?
Of course, Fernando Alonso’s long-distance debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona outshined everything, but at United Autosports there was also a second well-known debutant: Paul di Resta shared a Ligier JS P217 with Bruno Senna, Hugo de Sadeleer and Will Owen. The quartet finished in a strong fourth place and was the best team with a thoroughbred LMP2 behind three DPis. During the 12 hours of Sebring he will be sitting in the cockpit of Ligier #32 again. His goal is clear: The 24 Hours of Le Mans!
“I don’t want to rule out a Le Mans start, not even this year,”he says to’ Motorsport-Total. com’,”When I was in Daytona, my desire to drive at Le Mans grew even bigger,” his DTM involvement with Mercedes would allow a Le Mans start,”they are open to the fact that I’m on the road in several series. This is important,”says the 31-year-old.
The fact that he started in Daytona has a very specific reason:”It’s about staying fit: physically and also in the mind. The break after the last DTM race is very long, from October to April. You must try to stay in race mode. The LMP2- is quite similar to the DTM car in terms of downforce and lap times. This is fun.”
Like all long-distance newcomers, the Scotsman had to get used to a few compromises of the Endurance sport, which are rather unusual for a lone fighter:”It was my first 24-hour race and the first time I had to buy a car with my team-mates. It’s weird when you share a car, it’s all about performance and you have to compromise. It’s a different kind of motorsport. Not like anything I’ve ever done before. It was a big challenge.”
But one that gave him great pleasure:”It was a cool event at the beginning of the year and was a lot of fun. Now he will have to prove himself on Sebring’s mogul piste at the weekend, when it’s once again:” Drivers, start your engines!
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