Davidson's team has "simple mission" at Le Mans

Jamie Klein

The former Toyota LMP1 driver, sharing the #31 Oreca 07 with fellow ex-Formula 1 racer Pastor Maldonado and Roberto Gonzalez, says the American outfit has no choice but to gun for class victory given the ground it needs to make up in the championship.

Trailing the Signatech Alpine squad by 26 points with 39 to play for at Le Mans, DragonSpeed has only an outside shot at title honours. It needs the Signatech car to finish no higher than sixth and the second-placed #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing to place fifth or worse, assuming neither car scores pole.

In the Le Mans test day, Maldonado set the second-best time in class, some two tenths behind Signatech driver Nicolas Lapierre.

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“There’s a slim chance [of winning the title] but the car’s been good here in testing,” Davidson told Motorsport.com. “We feel confident, Roberto is fast as well, right there within a few tenths of Pastor and myself.

“Everyone will want to go for the victory here, and they are two teams that have a good chance to win, the race itself counts for so many points you need to have a good one here.

“If push came to shove it would be an easy decision for us to make, we have to win. [For the other teams] it’s a difficult race to give up and consolidate second or third even if it gives them the championship. But for us the mission is simple – it’s all-out for victory.”

#31 Dragonspeed Oreca 07: Anthony Davidson

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