Success doesn’t come easy for teams tackling their first 24 Hours of Le Mans, but Scott Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports celebrated their debut in the world’s most prestigious endurance race on the podium, in front of a near-record crowd of 250,000 spectators.
Team owner Scott Tucker and co-drivers Christophe Bouchut and Joao Barbosa drove their No. 33 alpina Watches -sponsored Lola-Honda Coupe to a third place finish in the highly competitive LMP2 category. More impressive was the fact that their trouble-free race was rewarded with a 10th place result in the overall classification.
After 24 hours of hard-fought racing, Bouchut took the checkered flag.
Everything went very well …/… We had no problems at all. The car was very reliable and everybody on the team did great work. We were losing a bit of time on the track, but that was mainly due to the regulations and nothing against the car or engine. It was a great result for the whole team, especially in their first visit to Le Mans.
said Bouchut, who celebrated his fourth podium finish at Le Mans
Level 5 not only gave Lola its 25th podium at Le Mans, but was also the highest-placed Honda-powered prototype in LMP2. The result also marked a significant milestone in Tucker’s driving career, as he adds a Le Mans podium to his pair of class victories in the Twelve Hours of Sebring, a win at the Petit Le Mans and a third place overall finish in the 2010 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Tucker has now claimed podium finishes in all four of the major sports car endurance races in the world.
This feels really good …/… It’s something we’ve worked very hard for. We’re just privileged and fortunate to have been able to earn those with this team. Standing on the podium was a great experience and I hope this is just the start of more good things to come this year.
The preparation of the cars were just flawless …/… We had no mechanical issues. The guys had great pit stops. There were no technical violations. Everything went well. We still have some work to do on the car to bring it to the performance level of some of our competition. Some of that has to do with the regulations. We’re working hard with our partners at Lola and Honda to try and bring things into our favor.