Last preparations ahead of Le Mans

Many of the Le Mans teams have been in full swing during the last few weeks.

As always it’s limited, how much information that gets out from such tests, so there are no times to report.

Porsche ran a 36 hour test at Spanish Aragon last week, and ran more than 8000 kilometer – more than a Le Mans race distance. Audi was also present at the same track, but no news from them about how it went.

Toyota Gazoo Racing #5, Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima Photo: JJ Media
Toyota Gazoo Racing #5, Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
Photo: JJ Media

Toyota had rented Spa Francorchamps for 2 days this week for their final test. Anthony Davidson was very positive in his reports after the test – but on the other side, he probably wasn’t going to say if the test had gone bad…

Murphy Prototype with Jeroen Bleekemolen, Marc Goosens and Ben Keating behind the wheel started their work together at Circuit de Catalunya. Its a big new experience to race in a LMP2 for Keating, who normally drivers in the GTD class in IMSA racing, so it will be interesting to see how fast he will get up to speed. Bleekemolen and Goosens have already driven a lot of cars, so they could quickly chip in with setup optimisation.

Photo: JJ Media
Photo: JJ Media

Aston Martin Racing, Rebellion Racing, ByKolles and some others were testing at Monza for 2 days in nice sunshine.

The Ferrari teams were at Paul Ricard testing for 2 days.

Other teams have been testing as well, but they kept it more secret to the public.

On Sunday June 5th we have the official test day at Le Mans. But don’t expect to see the real speed from the factory cars. It won’t really show before the qualifying for the race, and there we should all expect an epic battle for the best positions. Not that it really matters in a 24 hour race, but it’s always very prestigious to have Pole Position for the class.

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