Charles Milesi remains ambitious ahead of the 6 Hours of Monza


Sunday, July 10 (12 p.m.), the native of Chaumont Charles Milesi will take part in the 4e round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC): the 6 Hours of Monza. The driver Richard Mille will be associated with the experienced Paul-Loup Chatin, who replaces Sébastien Ogier.

On June 11 and 12, the 24 Hours of Le Mans was not easy for Charles Milesi and his Richard Mille Racing teammates. Their N°1 LMP2, lacking in top speed, struggled, but reached the finish in lap 9e category place.

This weekend, it is in the “Temple of Speed”, the circuit of Monza, in Italy, that the great circus of the WEC goes. This circuit also gives pride of place to top speeds, but less than on the immense straight lines of Le Mans. For the original Haut-Marnais, Charles Milesi, this can be a godsend. “It’s a course that can benefit us more than others, because we know this track, having carried out tests there. We will have to gauge the competition from there. »

The weather conditions are expected to be radiant and very sunny. But one of the important race factors will be the temperature: it will be hot in Monza. This will influence the behavior of the engines, but also the wear of the tyres. “At Le Mans, we had found solutions in very hot conditions,” continues Charles Milesi. “Our engine has breathed better and at Monza everything will depend on how it is tuned and how it works. We have progress to confirm. Note that all LMP2s are equipped with a Gibson V8. For the 2022 6 Hours of Monza, the LMP2 field will increase from 27 at Le Mans to around fifteen crews on the transalpine track. The WRT, Jota and other United Autosport will be there.

New team member, new deal

At Richard Mille, at the 6 Hours of Monza, Paul-Loup Chatin will make his debut, replacing Sébastien Ogier. The first city drove with Alpine for several seasons in LMP2, with a 3e place in 2014. He also won the 24 Hours of Daytona last year.

For the native of Chaumont, Charles Milesi, the arrival of this experienced crew member will complete a crew that is progressing. “Regardless of the conditions, I remain lucid until the race is on. But with Paul-Loup, we can still gain in performance to grab interesting places. Without forgetting Lilou Wadoux, also in constant progress in her race pace. “Monza may be a good fit for Lilou, as she has done some testing here. She did a great job at Le Mans, so she should do at least as well here. »

Finally, the 2022 6 Hours of Monza will be the scene of Peugeot’s big comeback in endurance, in the Hypercar category, with the spectacular 9×8. The manufacturers expected in the premier category will for the most part join forces with LMP2 teams (cf. Jota and Porsche in 2023). The pilots are also observed.

But for Charles Milesi, there is no question of indulging in any desire to show off too much, at the risk of missing out. “It doesn’t change anything to my dynamic, or that of my team. I don’t rely on the eyes of the builders and I will concentrate on the work I have to do with Richard Mille. »

Especially since the French team is linked to Signatech Alpine, there will be no need to worry about Peugeot. It remains to know now the verdict that the track will give, Sunday July 10, at 12 p.m.

Bastien Dauby

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