Tristan Vautier: « Live the present moment and prepare for the future »


Last winner to date of the 12 Hours of Sebring in the company of Loïc Duval and Sébastien Bourdais, Tristan Vautier could well see himself making the pass of two this weekend in Florida. For this, the Grenoble resident finds his compatriot Loïc Duval in the Cadillac DPi-VR/JDC Miller Motorsports #5. Richard Westbrook accompanies the two Frenchies in the #5 seat.

The trio, joined by Ben Keating for the occasion, remains on a third place at the 24 Hours of Daytona last January, 4.4s from the Rolex.

« The start of the season remains positive »said Tristan Vautier at Endurance-Info. « I still have the bitter feeling that I came very close to winning at Daytona. It’s quite frustrating because you’re not in a position to fight for victory every year. However, I try to put it into perspective. We were fast throughout the race and I’m signing straight away to have the same performance over all the weekends. » Now for another race in Florida.

Winning the 2021 12 Hours of Sebring remains a great memory for the Frenchman: « Sebring is one of the biggest endurance races in the world. I won there once, I got two poles, one in GT, one in prototype. I always want to do well here, especially since it’s kind of my home race (Tristan lives in St Petersburg, ndr). »

Like his opponents, Tristan Vautier knows that this is the last year for the DPi at Sebring and in IMSA. The desire to do well is therefore palpable: « I’m super motivated for this edition. These DPi are so great to drive, so we’re making the most of them. I have two very good teammates by my side. »

Unlike last year, JDC Miller Motorsports carried out tests before the start of the season: « It’s the first year we’ve really tested with two days of testing here at Sebring. »

Tristan Vautier must also prepare his future which will certainly pass again by the United States: « You have to manage the balance this year between living the present moment and preparing for the future. JDC is trying to go to LMDh and I’m looking at the different opportunities that may open up. I’m also looking at the WEC. »

In 2023, Ganassi Racing and Action Express Racing will run the Cadillac LMDh in IMSA.


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