Edgar Lau has conquered the first Road to Le Mans sprint race with a hard fought P18 finish, taking a massive seven places with teammate, Jacques Wolff, to beat out 30 other professional Prototype and GT3 drivers.
With only a short 20-minute session to set a competitive time, Lau had to steer the Norma M30 with great precision as the 13.629km track only gives drivers the chance to set a few flying laps. With a green flag waving for the majority of the session, Lau could push the car to its limits thanks to the fine track conditions. The Hong Kong driver recorded a fastest lap of 3:59.521 to ensure that the #6 entry started this evening’s race firmly in the mid-field. This gave Lau and his partner, Jacques Wolff, the perfect opportunity to make a good start and move their way up the grid during the 55-minute sprint race.
In Q2, Lau’s partner took an incredible top ten finish with a lap time of 4:01.871, giving the pair a great chance for Saturday’s race two.
Q1 Results: Edgar Lau, #6 DKR Engineering Norma M30: 3:59.521 – P25
Q2 Results: Jacques Wolff, #6 DKR Engineering Norma M30: 4:01.871 – P10
Wolff began the 55-minute race from P25 and after initially dropping a few positions on the start carved his way up the field to reach P22 when he completed his compulsory pitstop and driver change to, Lau. The Hong Kong driver quickly got to work retaking positions lost during the pit stop shuffle and instantly found his groove at the legendary Le Mans track.
Speaking about his race, Edgar was quite pleased. “I am pretty happy with the results from race one, and we need to look at the weekend as a whole. We have been improving with every session. I had a 4:16 on the first day, then we got down to 4:04 in FP2, then in qualifying I recorded a 3:59, although it only put us P25 against some of the best drivers in the world. I think we made good progress along the way, kudos to Jacques Wolff who has kept the car clean and handed it to me in good condition. There were some fierce battles with LMP3s and dealing with GT3 traffic. Getting the lap time down to 3:57 I am pretty happy with and I know there is more to gain. We are looking forward to race two where we are starting ninth in class and tenth overall, I can’t wait to see how that goes.”
The #6 driver was right on the pace and guided the Norma M30 around the course with expert talent, even after only having driven the course during two practices and one qualifying session. During Lau’s charge to the finish, he was pushing the LMP3 car to its limits and recorded his fastest time of the weekend, a 3:57.444, taking a huge two seconds of his qualifying time. Such a performance continues to prove his development and ability as a professional driver at one of the world’s most grueling circuits.
Thanks to his tremendous speed and focus, Lau closed the gap on numerous opponents and expertly plotted his overtaking maneuvers around the Circuit de la Sarthe, picking the right moment to pick off his rivals. The sim racer turned professional snatched four positions over the course of his 25-minute stint to bring the #6 DKR Engineering entry home in the top 20 with a P18 finish.
With the pace that Lau and Wolff showed today, the pair are looking like fierce competitors for a podium position on Saturday when they start in P10 for race two.