After Daytona, Zacharie Robichon wants to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans


Over the next few days, he will face the best Porsche drivers on the planet on the Sarthe circuit.

I always wanted to participate, but I never expected to be in this situation. When they confirmed my place, I couldn’t believe it. Le Mans is a dream and now it will be truelaunches the pilot of 30 years, visibly feverish.

The former student of the Louis Riel school gave up skiing as a teenager to follow in the footsteps of his father, a racing enthusiast. First pilot of karting, he made his classes in Formula 1600, before driving in a Porsche. He won everywhere he went. I started late compared to many of my opponentshe explains.

A man smiles at the camera.

Racing driver Zacharie Robichon (center)

Photo: Courtesy of Philippe Escalier

 » You try to tell yourself it’s just a race. But, I am not able. You have to take a moment to realize your luck. I must have fun! A lot of people would like to be in my place, I have to do my job, but remember the feeling. »

A quote from Zacharie Robichon, racing driver

He has just won the 24 Hours of Daytona, a prestigious American race, with his Proton Competition team and he hopes to continue this momentum in France.

It’s really a question of strategypoints out the driver about the three-driver race. At Daytona, one of our pilots had finished around 11 p.m. I drove six hours. You try to play to the strengths of each driver. Me, for example, I don’t mind driving at night, while others like it less.

A blue car speeds along a race track.

Zacharie Robichon is driving this Blue Porsche during a car racing event.

Photo: Courtesy of Zacharie Robichon

The Franco-Ontarian describes himself as a careful, but very intelligent pilot. I don’t take many risks. I am able to make the right decisions. There are so many ways to overtake. I understand the situation wellcontinues Robichon. I’m a smart runner, not flat! I am a good strategist. I am sensitive to situations.

I don’t mind overtaking in the pits or on the circuit. If I can save gas to overtake, I will. I’m here for the team, I’m always willing to compromisesays the driver.

First class support

His success, Robichon owes a lot to his talent and a little luck. Several years ago, when he didn’t have a wheel, a team invited him to an event while waiting to find a driver with sponsors. I won the race. They didn’t want to let me go anymoreremembers the young man.

Porsche cars drive on a racing circuit during an event.

Driver Zacharie Robichon is here at the wheel of car #9.

Photo: Courtesy of Jordan Lenssen

Now a member of Proton Competition, a German formation, he benefits from a seasoned team that has significant resources. Actor Michael Fassbender, who starred in the X-Men film series, is a pilot on the team.

Porsche and racing go together. As a manufacturer, they put a lot of time and money into this sport. There is always support, it always puts us in a position to win. We are always ready. You always have support, it’s an extraordinary teamexplains Robichon. They’ve been racing for 70 years, everything is there to help you.

A motor racing team celebrates the victory of its driver in front of his vehicle.

Zacharie Robichon won the 24 Hours of Daytona in the GTD Pro category.

Photo: Courtesy of Zacharie Robichon

The rider won four races last year. Robichon hopes his recent victory at Daytona and his participation in the race at Le Mans will allow him to become more known at home. But above all, he wants to make his sport better known.

I may be a well-kept secret, but endurance racing, in general, is also a secret. Motorsport fans watch F1, Nascar or IndyCar. But the reality is that there is more money spent on endurance sport than any otherargues Robichon.

After Le Mans, Robichon hopes to cross another race off his wish list: that of Spa Francorchamp, in Belgium. But his results in the coming days could decide whether or not he returns to France. If he doesn’t win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Robichon will certainly want to take part in this race again.


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