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« Fighting for the title in ELMS, attracting attention in Blancpain»

« Fighting for the title in ELMS, attracting attention in Blancpain»


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// 17 Jul 2018

 

 

After a season in French F4 then Renault 2.0, Nicolas Jamin spent four years in the United States. Winner of races wherever he drove (USF2000, Pro-Mazda, IMSA and Indy Lights), he is now back in Europe for the 2018 season. Five months later, he speaks about his double racing program.
 
Back from the USA, you have started in Endurance (ELMS) with a podium in your first race in an LMP2. What a transition!
After four years in America, I did not know what to expect. Change of culture and change of materials, moving from a single seater to a prototype and a GT. In ELMS, first of all, it was also a new adventure for my team, Duqueine Engineering, without preliminary tests before arriving at the Paul Ricard. Finally, we put the LMP2 Oreca on the track, and we were immediately in the game.
 
What inspires you an LMP2 car compared to single-seaters?
It's very close to a Dallara Indy Lights. An LMP2 is actually a single seater with a roof. Nothing really disturbed me. A lot of aero, a lot of horsepower, carbon disc brakes ... The driving technique is the same, the car rotates in the same way. I was just surprised by the aero charge, far superior to what I knew in the United States.
 
Podium at Paul Ricard, second place on the grid at Monza ... Satisfied with your debut?
Yes, on two different tracks, we were in the game. I was obviously a little bit surprised to be straight on the level of people more experienced than us in LMP2. Especially without any test. This proves the competence of the Duqueine team and the good preparation of the car. At Monza, the performance was there but some problems pushed us back to sixth place.

"We are not far from the leaders in ELMS, so it’s realistic to fight for the title."

The goal in ELMS is a victory?
A victory, yes, or rather many victories, and the title. We are not far from the leaders. It is realistic to hope fighting for the title. The potential is there and we learned from our mistakes in racing at Monza. We will be very competitive until the end.
 
As soon as the Red Bull Ring (July 20 to 22), a new track for you.
Yes, I have never driven there. But my teammates did. Fortunately, unlike Monza, we will be present at the private tests on Wednesday. The team is working hard to get us on track. It will be a great help to learn the circuit and set up the car. I do not doubt that we will be at the forefront.
 
Your other 2018 program is the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup. A bigger challenge for you?
I discovered a totally different world. If in ELMS it was a bit more a comfort zone, here I have so much to learn. I arrive in a championship of specialists, who have been there for years, so I can not be right away at the same level.

"In a LMP2 or an Indy Lights, you have to push as hard as you can to get the limit. In a GT, the limit comes sooner."

Did a GT require to change your driving style?
For sure it did. A GT has nothing to do with a single seater or a Le Mans prototype. It is heavier, more flexible, with less downforce. In an LMP2 or an Indy Light, you have to push hard to get the limit. In a GT, the limit comes faster. At first, I pushed too much and so the front saturated quickly and I found myself above the grip.
 
Your Misano pole position must have given confidence to you.
I was not worried because I trust in my qualities! In Misano, the Mercedes was very competitive and my teammate and I had found good settings. Let's say it was a key moment for me. I drive better my GT3 now.
 
What is your goal this season in Blancpain?
Learn, learn and learn! Against strong specialists, it takes time to be among the best. The transition has not been easy for me but I am constantly progressing. The goal is to continue like this, to sign pole positions, podiums and to attract the attention of a manufacturer for the future.

"Spa is the biggest GT race in the world and it will also be my first 24 Hours race ever!"

One of the biggest event of your season will be the Spa 24 Hours. Excited?
Yes! This is the biggest GT race in the world and it will be my first 24 Hours race ever! Until today, I did 6 Hours maximum. This new experience will be very useful. I will compete in the Am (Amateur) category, so we will fight to win our category. I did a test session at Spa few days ago. I had not driven there for 5 years and the Formula Renault 2.0. It was ideal because we faced all the track conditions possible: wet, drying, dry ... We got a lot of important informations. At Spa, I will drive within a new line up, Eric Debard, Philippe Giauque and Fabien Barthez. This is the Blancpain Endurance Cup configuration, always inside the same team, Akka ASP Team, and the same equipment.

« Fighting for the title in ELMS, attracting attention in Blancpain»

// 17 Jul 2018


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« Fighting for the title in ELMS, attracting attention in Blancpain»

After a season in French F4 then Renault 2.0, Nicolas Jamin spent four years in the United States. Winner of races wherever he drove (USF2000, Pro-Mazda, IMSA and Indy Lights), he is now back in Europe for the 2018 season. Five months later, he speaks about his double racing program.
 
Back from the USA, you have started in Endurance (ELMS) with a podium in your first race in an LMP2. What a transition!
After four years in America, I did not know what to expect. Change of culture and change of materials, moving from a single seater to a prototype and a GT. In ELMS, first of all, it was also a new adventure for my team, Duqueine Engineering, without preliminary tests before arriving at the Paul Ricard. Finally, we put the LMP2 Oreca on the track, and we were immediately in the game.
 
What inspires you an LMP2 car compared to single-seaters?
It's very close to a Dallara Indy Lights. An LMP2 is actually a single seater with a roof. Nothing really disturbed me. A lot of aero, a lot of horsepower, carbon disc brakes ... The driving technique is the same, the car rotates in the same way. I was just surprised by the aero charge, far superior to what I knew in the United States.
 
Podium at Paul Ricard, second place on the grid at Monza ... Satisfied with your debut?
Yes, on two different tracks, we were in the game. I was obviously a little bit surprised to be straight on the level of people more experienced than us in LMP2. Especially without any test. This proves the competence of the Duqueine team and the good preparation of the car. At Monza, the performance was there but some problems pushed us back to sixth place.

"We are not far from the leaders in ELMS, so it’s realistic to fight for the title."

The goal in ELMS is a victory?
A victory, yes, or rather many victories, and the title. We are not far from the leaders. It is realistic to hope fighting for the title. The potential is there and we learned from our mistakes in racing at Monza. We will be very competitive until the end.
 
As soon as the Red Bull Ring (July 20 to 22), a new track for you.
Yes, I have never driven there. But my teammates did. Fortunately, unlike Monza, we will be present at the private tests on Wednesday. The team is working hard to get us on track. It will be a great help to learn the circuit and set up the car. I do not doubt that we will be at the forefront.
 
Your other 2018 program is the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup. A bigger challenge for you?
I discovered a totally different world. If in ELMS it was a bit more a comfort zone, here I have so much to learn. I arrive in a championship of specialists, who have been there for years, so I can not be right away at the same level.

"In a LMP2 or an Indy Lights, you have to push as hard as you can to get the limit. In a GT, the limit comes sooner."

Did a GT require to change your driving style?
For sure it did. A GT has nothing to do with a single seater or a Le Mans prototype. It is heavier, more flexible, with less downforce. In an LMP2 or an Indy Light, you have to push hard to get the limit. In a GT, the limit comes faster. At first, I pushed too much and so the front saturated quickly and I found myself above the grip.
 
Your Misano pole position must have given confidence to you.
I was not worried because I trust in my qualities! In Misano, the Mercedes was very competitive and my teammate and I had found good settings. Let's say it was a key moment for me. I drive better my GT3 now.
 
What is your goal this season in Blancpain?
Learn, learn and learn! Against strong specialists, it takes time to be among the best. The transition has not been easy for me but I am constantly progressing. The goal is to continue like this, to sign pole positions, podiums and to attract the attention of a manufacturer for the future.

"Spa is the biggest GT race in the world and it will also be my first 24 Hours race ever!"

One of the biggest event of your season will be the Spa 24 Hours. Excited?
Yes! This is the biggest GT race in the world and it will be my first 24 Hours race ever! Until today, I did 6 Hours maximum. This new experience will be very useful. I will compete in the Am (Amateur) category, so we will fight to win our category. I did a test session at Spa few days ago. I had not driven there for 5 years and the Formula Renault 2.0. It was ideal because we faced all the track conditions possible: wet, drying, dry ... We got a lot of important informations. At Spa, I will drive within a new line up, Eric Debard, Philippe Giauque and Fabien Barthez. This is the Blancpain Endurance Cup configuration, always inside the same team, Akka ASP Team, and the same equipment.

 

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