At the halfway point of the race, any hope of a good result on this round is definitively abandoned. But with the RSR finding itself penultimate, the magic of this championship started to operate. After yet another appearance of the safety car, the #324 found itself in front of its leader in the line; wave around. Strategic talks and Alex decides hastily to return to the pits to change tires and thus benefit from a few seconds to carry out short repairs. In the confusion, the “pro” driver of the crew does not notice that the pitlane entry is not yet open, which will be worth him later to be sent to the back of the line for the restart.
Nevertheless, on the lap following this illegal stop, all the GTEs chose to refuel, repositioning once again the #324 in front of the GTE leader; re-wave around. The subject will be discussed after the race by our driver with the stewards who will not see anything wrong. Thus, after successively taking the lead and then falling into the depths, the #324 Porsche found itself back in the race. Better still, it would take the trio a long time before they can get the measure of the situation, it is indeed a top 5 that was now possible again.
But things were not going to stop there. Indeed, on a track that is much warmer than during the practice sessions, almost everyone will be in trouble at the end of the race. There is probably not a crew that didn’t make at least one detour in the grass and during the last hour of the race some have seen their ambitions destroyed. Thus, before handing over the wheel to Stéphan Modde, Alex would manage to climb to second place in AM class.
While every effort had been made to put the Parisian, who was not very comfortable on this track, in conditions of minimum stress, the weight of an unhoped-for podium was now on his shoulders. A little swerve here and there, without much consequence as the direct competitors also ended up giving in to the pressure or suffering in the traffic. Luck finally rewarded the #324 this season with an unimaginable third place in the GT AM category at the end of the 5H race. Steph sums up the situation best: “It was my worst race of the season (taking into account the practice sessions) and it’s my best result…”. Never give up, kids!