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What the 24 Hours of Le Mans means to me…Pierre Ragues

LM P2 - 07/06/2019 - Sophie LIGER

Pierre Ragues (n°30 Duqueine Engineering) is a regular at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, having competed at La Sarthe many times, including two podium finishes. He tells us here what the French race means to him.

Q: It will be your 12th 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, what does this race represent for you?

“It will be a very powerful moment for me. To compete twelve times in a race, that is surely one of the best of the world, is just magic. Also, I couldn’t stop myself thinking of my first time back in 2006 and also to the podiums that I won in 2008 or in 2017, with a 4th place in the general classification. This event is so intense and crazy that you can’t’ tell the 24 Hours of Le Mans, you have to live them. The magic at the start, the night or the dawn when the sun goes through the Dunlop bridge in the morning, I could talk about it for hours.”

Q: Duqueine Engineering, with who you drive this season, will participate for the first time in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, what advice will you give them?

“First of all, I have to say that as for all the other teams, the first enemy is the race itself and dealing with the time is crucial. The preparation before the race is deciding and you have to pay attention to every little detail. Beyond the sporting and technical challenge this race is first a human adventure and the people management is almost like a military organization. Having said that, Duqueine have already shown that they are humble, and they won’t underestimate the job to do by being really professional. It’s our second season together and of course their first time at Le Mans, so I will try to give them all the useful information in order to bring back expertise. We will also have Romain Dumas by our side who has so much knowledge about the race. I’m sure that the great team spirit of Duqueine Engineering will be a deciding factor.”

Q: What is your goal for this edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans?

“As every driver, I will tend to say that our goal is to see the chequered flag on Sunday at 15h00 because ending the race is already an accomplishment. Beyond that, with my teammates Nicolas (Jamin) and Romain (Dumas) we all are competitors and of course if we are at the start it’s to perform and have the best result possible. The LMP2 class is very competitive this year and the fight will be hard from the start and having a prediction concerning the end will be risky. Don’t’ forget that in Le Mans, the race chooses it’s winner.”

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