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The 2018 season of Timothé Buret

ELMS - 23/11/2018 - Sophie LIGER

Timothé Buret, driver of the n°23 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JS P217 alongside Will Stevens and Julien Canal, talks about his 2018 season. The team improved during the season and finished 2018 on a high note with two podiums at Spa-Francorchamps (3rd) and Portimão (2nd).

Summing up the 2018 season

“It was a season with a lot of improvements compared to the previous years (2016/2017) with good performance from my side but also from the team after two years of hard work. Unfortunately, we had a lack of success, especially at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where we broke the clutch 4 hours before the end. However, we still are on a positive slope, all of the team is moving forward, so it was a great season.”

Talking about the 24 Hours of Le Mans, how did you overcome this disappointment?

“I think that even today I still don’t realise what happened. Maybe at the end of my career I will realise what we’ve missed. But we need to move forward which was quite easy for me as I don’t really realise what we have missed. It’s not every day that you can be on the podium of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, or even win it. There was a lot of emotion, the whole team was really disappointed, so it was difficult.”

How do you feel in the Panis-Barthez Competition team and with your teammates?

“This team is like family. Everybody comes from the same place in Toulouse. I’ve been there since the beginning and I have never been with another team in endurance or LMP2. Everything is natural, we talk a lot, and this is why when we suffer a blow during a race, it helps to move forward. For example, last year in Le Mans where we had to give up, we closed the curtain all together, we were there for each other. I think it’s why everybody is happy to be part of this team.”

What is your best memory of 2018?

“For now, (the interview was done before the race at Portimão) I would go for the podium in Spa-Francorchamps. It’s my best memories as it was my first podium for 2 years, so it was good to be up there. I was proud to see my team from the podium, I was proud for them so it’s without any doubt my best memory of 2018.”

2019 projects

“My first goal is to keep going, to keep racing in Endurance either in GT or prototype. I still don’t know what the future has to offer but I’m open to every opportunity. I really want to stay in LMP2 because I have been doing that for two years, I worked a lot to keep going in this direction and I have so much fun. I would also like to stay in ELMS and having a program with the 24 Hours of Le Mans would be perfect.”

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