Lucky Strike in Monaco: Olivier Panis scored his one and only Grand Prix win in the streets of Monte-Carlo in 1996. His day of days came in the wet at the wheel of a Mugen-Honda powered Ligier JS43.
“I had people calling me on the radio in three languages to slow down as we were running low on fuel”, recalled the likeable Frenchman in a previous interview with F1weekly last year.
The victory turned out to be the first and last not only for the driver but also the final win for the French team started by ex-Rugby player, Guy Ligier.
We caught up with him again last month in Lyons, of all the places in the security check lane of the airport, for another exclusive interview. Please enjoy the conversation with Olivier Panis on podcast # 434.
Panis ponders on the return of Michael Schumacher, his son’s racing career and why he has gone from driving a Ferrari in everyday life to a Diesel Powered Jeep.
Merci Monsieur Monaco.
— Nasir Hameed
Gauloises greetings from California.
Today, Saturday, the team has unveiled the Mondrian-inspired livery for its
908 HDi FAP, which will be driven in 2010 by Panis, Lapierre and Duval.
On the day before the Le Mans Series Official Test, the team ORECA-Matmut has unveiled its Peugeot 908
HDi FAP’s livery on the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit at Le Castellet. The team has retained its own visual identity
in the spirit of the Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian, a pioneer in the field of abstract art.
While the overall concept is in keeping with the visual identity, Hugues de Chaunac’s men wanted to innovate
by modernising it, and came up with a graphic evolution based around the chrome roof for this livery, which
provides an interpretation of Mondrian’s work worthy of the 21st century.
In 2010, the Team ORECA-Matmut can count on its faithful partners – Matmut, Araldite, DOC and Plus – as
well as its official suppliers, all of whom have been present since the launch of the Le Mans Endurance
Challenge. In addition, the team has received new backers for a season full of challenges:
– In pride of place TOTAL, Peugeot’s title sponsor, which has associated itself with our challenge,
– And also the Nike Company which, through its Nike Race Programme, will accompany the Team ORECAMatmut
on the run-up to the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The Peugeot 908 HDi FAP will run in its new colours for the first time tomorrow at 09h30 when Olivier Panis,
Nicolas Lapierre and Loïc Duval, making his debut at the wheel of the team’s new car, will relay one another
for two days’ testing.
6th march 2010
Podcast number 357 online.
This is a special Motorsports Mondial weekend edition.
Interviews with members of Team Oreca.
Oreca is a French racing team, founded and run by Hughes de Chaunac, former team manager of F1 team AGS. Oreca has had success in many areas of motorsport since the early 90s, running the works BMW operation in the French Supertouring Championship, winning the FIA GT Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours in the GT2 class with a Chrysler Viper GTS-R and overall for Mazda 787B in 1991, on their second attempt and first after a decade; preparing the Renault Clio S1600 for rallying and winning the ice racing Andros Trophy with a Toyota Corolla driven by Alain Prost. More recently, Oreca have assisted Renault in building the new Megane V6 for the Renault Eurocup Megane Sport and fielding an Audi R8 in the 2005 Le Mans 24 Hours with support from Audi France. Also for 2006 Oreca will be running the Saleen S7R in the Le Mans Series. The Oreca Saleen S7R has already won the 2006 Spa-Francorchamps Le Mans race.
Oreca worked closely with Dodge on the new Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, producing well over 100 customer cars for the period 2006-2007 to GT3 specification.
Hughes de Chaunac has stated that Oreca could build and race their own Le Mans Prototype in 2009. However, on September 14, 2007, Oreca announced their intent to purchase French manufacturer Courage Compétition. Oreca will use Courage’s engineering expertise to develop their new prototype, to be badged as a Courage-Oreca.