The Algarve 1000kms, round 3 of the 2010 Le Mans Series, should have seen OAK Racing Team Mazda France’s first win
Unfortunately, the Portuguese circuit, renowned for being extremely hard on cars, lived up to its reputation and the bumpy surface badly affected the reliability of the Magny-Cours-based team’s cars. The #35 machine, driven by Guillaume Moreau and Richard Hein, was running second in LMP2 when it was forced to retire after 91 laps with a differential failure. The #24 car, which led the class after 144 laps, suffered the same problem. This time, the team were able to make repairs that allowed Matthieu Lahaye and Jacques Nicolet to rejoin and finish fourth.