Bruno Senna showcases his skills

F1 prospect Bruno Senna showcases his skills at 1,000 Km of Spa

Brazilian drives for Oreca Racing in Le Mans Series

Bruno Senna showed the raw pace and driving ability that has seen his name continually linked to Formula One at the 1,000 Km of Spa this weekend.

Representing Oreca Racing in the no. 10 car, Bruno started from fourth on the grid after an impressive qualifying run; he immediately moved up to third at the first corner and was soon putting pressure on the leaders.

Bruno was engaged in a tough battle with the no. 13 Lola-Aston Martin car but debris on the track caused a puncture that forced Bruno to pit and lose two laps in the process.>From a seemingly hopeless position of forty-third, Bruno and co-driver Stéphane Ortelli fought their way back through the field and into the top ten.

Bruno was in tenth position when he took over for the final stint. He pushed hard and posted a succession of quick laps, taking the car up to eighth spot in LM P1, before he went off in Blanchimont and retired.

Bruno commented: "Unfortunately, I had a puncture early on because of debris. My first stint was tricky as the tyres were a bit problematical. My second was much better as the aero balance was good and the car was handling consistently.

"At the end I pushed hard to try and catch the car in sixth place before going off. Today, we were competitive and we could have scored a good result, but luck just wasn’t on our side.”

The ORECA team will now return to their base in the South of France to prepare for the Le Mans 24 Hour race in June. The team will embark on an extensive testing programme, where Bruno will help assess all aspects of his car’s performance and reliability, which is critical in endurance racing.

This level of freedom in technical preparation is unique in the motorsport world at the moment, with Formula One introducing new restrictions, and such a meticulous process will prove invaluable to Bruno as he prepares himself for the goal of Formula One.


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