Franco Colapinto, the other Argentine who stood out at Le Mans

At just 18 years old, he came to lead the LMP2 category and was fourth overall.

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The victory of Jose Maria Lopez in the 24 Hours of Le Mans left in the background the performance of the other Argentine who participated in this emblematic test, that of Franco Colapinto, who with only 18 years. He faced this unique race for the first time.

The pilot from Pilar, who has been competing in Europe and Asia for a couple of years, raced in the LMP2 with Aurus 01-Gibson of G-Drive Racing with the dutch Nyck de vries and Russian Roman Rusinov.

Franco ColapintoAfter a very good first few hours, which allowed the trio to lead in their class and to be fourth overall, Colapinto, De Vries and Rusinov saw the checkered flag at the 7 ° place in its category and in the 12 ° put in the accumulated.

“It has been an incredible week with many emotions. What a wonderful experience. I am very grateful to have been able to drive here and do this race with this team and with these incredible people. "said Colapinto, who praised the team's work to put a car that was competitive from the start of the official activity.

“The race started well; Nyck had a strong first few hours and then I got in the car. After about four hours we were in the first position. Later, during my fourth run, the car in front broke down on the straight at 250 km / h and unfortunately I couldn't help it. "explained the fledgling pilot.

Franco Colapinto“Thinking about it calmly, I should have anticipated that this could happen, take more leeway with the car in front, move to the side earlier, get out of the wake earlier, etc. Unfortunately, we lost our race there. "Franco acknowledged.

“The guys in the garage did a fantastic job getting the car back on track and finishing the race. Expectations were high and finishing was very disappointing for everyone. Unfortunately, we cannot turn back the clock, so we must go forward and learn from what I did wrong or what I could have done better ”, completed Colapinto, who beyond what happened showed that he has enough talent to deserve revenge.

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