19|06|2016 - 24 HOURS OF LE MANS


Le Mans, 19th June 2016

Spaniard Roberto Merhi has finished on a high note at his first time at the 24 hours of Le Mans, passing all of his expectations. Merhi did well at day, at night, at dawn, in the wet and dry, in traffic and on a clean lap. He also scored the fastest lap of the race in his class, LMP2.

Yesterday, Saturday, Roberto took the start from fourth position in LMP2, twelfth overall, and on a wet track. He quickly put himself in the lead of LMP2 (seventh overall) and at the end of a four hour stint, the car was in first position of LMP2, almost a minute ahead of the second placed car after a drive that didn't go unnoticed to anybody in the paddock and which earned him a lot of praise.

On his second stint from midnight, he was again, for four hours, the fastest of his category on the track, showing a great capacity to adapt to night driving despite it being his first experience in such a situation. Sadly he wasn't able to fight for the top positions after two incidents when on his teammates stints.

This morning, from 9AM to 11AM, Merhi completed his debut at Le Mans setting the fastest lap of the race in the LMP2 category, with a lap that was even faster than the pole position set on Wednesday qualifying.

Roberto Merhi:

“I think that I have to be very happy with what I have done this weekend. The final result wasn't what had been expected at Manor but from my personal viewpoint I did show that I've got what it takes to go for everything at this race. I've enjoyed the night and I have been fast and the track is great. This year's experience I think will be very important to have more chances to score a good result next year. I believe that this showing could open some doors for me in endurance for the future.”