Podium for Enqvist at Le Mans Bugatti Circuit

Updated: Jan 7, 2019

Having missed the victory in Navarra for a last minute mechanical failure while leading, Henning and the team was now edging to once again show their strong performance and claim a the podium on the Bugatti track of Le Mans.

Enqvist and Rattenbury kept on sharing the car number 95 for this weekend, working very well together. After consistently being in the top 10 during the free practices, Enqvist qualified his Ligier JSP3-Nissan in 8th position which meant Rattenbury would take the start.

Rattenbury took the start of the 4 hours race in very wet conditions. While both team cars were on different strategies, the sister car kept pushing while Rattenbury pitted early for fuel. Then stretching his run a bit longer before giving the wheel to Enqvist, also switching to slicks during his tyres and fuel pit-stop.

After 3h, both team cars were back in the top 10, Enqvist running in a good 8th with no more pitstop to do, while the sister car was 2nd before giving his seat to the 3rd driver. After the last driver change, both cars ended up in the same lap, Enqvist up to 5th and the sister car pushing hard closely behind in 6th. While both cars managed to climb one position, the sister car was forced to do a splash and dash with a few laps to go, making it drop down to P6. 

Running in 4th, Enqvist had good hopes of a podium while catching step by step the cars running in 2nd and 3rd places. With 3 laps to go, Enqvist took advantage of the nº33's puncture to catch a late 3rd place, his and Rattenbury's first podium together. After so many unfortunates races, missing closely the podium in Dijon and the victory in Navarra, the Swede and the Welsh were eventually recompensed for their efforts.