Sébastien Bourdais: “A fairly solid start to the season with the Cadillac”

Winner at Laguna Seca last year, Sébastien Bourdais comes to the Californian circuit with a victory in the streets of Long Beach with the No. 01 Cadillac V.Series.R in the company of Renger van der Zande.

Published on 07/05/2024 à 15:31

Valentin GLO

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Sébastien Bourdais: “A fairly solid start to the season with the Cadillac”

Sébastien Bourdais during the opening round of the WEC in Qatar - Photo: Julien Delfosse / DPPI

Sébastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande travel this weekend to the land of their only victory in IMSA with Cadillac last season. After the 24 Hours of Daytona finished in a distant 10th place, the yellow prototype from the American manufacturer returned to the top of the rankings by finishing 2nd at the 12 Hours of Sebring then winning on the streets of Long Beach.

« We had a fairly solid start to the season with the Cadillac 01, judge Sébastien Bourdais. We didn't get the result we wanted at Daytona, but it went pretty well at Sebring and Long Beach. We've been testing recently and we feel like we've made really good progress with the car's set-up. I really can't wait to go back. It's a beautiful track and I think everyone enjoys racing there. The race is still a little difficult and tricky because it's one of those places that makes overtaking quite difficult, but anything is possible in this IMSA peloton with the traffic and all the conditions we're experiencing. »

« We came to test with the two Cadillacs, the two BMWs and the two Penskes Porsche, so we had time to experiment and try a lot of things, adds Manceau. The grip has increased a lot. It will probably be at least a few seconds faster and it's always a great feeling when you're driving on a repaved track. I always liked Laguna, but tire degradation was high and grip was quite low at the end of the cycle on old pavement. You should see some pretty incredible speeds this weekend. »

Laguna Seca will be the scene of the fourth round of the IMSA season this weekend. The Californian track will host 34 cars divided into three categories (GTP, GTD Pro, GTD) in a 2h40 race.

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Valentin GLO

Journalist. Endurance reporter (WEC, IMSA, ELMS, ALMS) and sometimes F1 or IndyCar.

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