Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, published on Sunday June 12, 2022 at 8:32 p.m.
While the two Glickenhaus finished five and ten laps behind the Toyotas, the technical director of the Japanese team Pascal Vasselon assured that the gap between the two formations was not as large.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans once again boiled down to a fratricidal duel. While Alpine lost ground very quickly, Glickenhaus was unable to provide real competition to Toyota. Interviewed shortly after the conclusion of the 90th edition of the Le Mans classic, the technical director of the Japanese team Pascal Vasselon confided that this double “will be counted among the great successes, even if the copy is not perfect”. “We had a small problem, but no car returned to the garage, which is still good, and the number 8 car had an almost perfect race”, added the French leader in remarks collected by motorsport.com. A scoreboard respected to the letter which put the first of the two Glickenhaus at five towers. However, Pascal Vasselon wanted to minimize the difference between the two prototypes. “Glickenhaus was a little behind at night, but their times were exactly in our rhythm, assured the technical director of Toyota. There were three cars in three tenths, the three in 3’27″7, so in direct potential they were on the same level. They lacked consistency in certain conditions.”
Vasselon: “We didn’t make many mistakes”
If Toyota very quickly saw the competition being left behind, the Japanese team never took anything for granted. The ghost of the 2016 edition, lost in the last lap against Porsche, remains very present. “For us, the race is never boring, we are always worried, we always feel like we don’t have a margin, but yes, it’s true that we haven’t made many mistakes, assured Pascal Vasselon. We’ve been pretty consistent. Toyota’s technical director, however, hailed the performance and potential of their closest rivals. “Our strength, compared to Glickenhaus, is to adapt quite quickly to each condition, but they have the potential,” he said. Considering the youth of their car, of their organization, it is remarkable. “If the difference between the two teams was five laps at the finish, Pascal Vasselon assured that, without worries for the American team, it would be much less. “The 709 car had I believe two pit stops which caused it to lose a lap so the gap is not four or five laps, it’s two laps,” he said. The situation will now be different since, from Monza next July, Peugeot will be back while Porsche, Ferrari and Cadillac will be present in 2023.