On account of the new 2011 regulations, the Automobile Club de L’Ouest, creator and organiser of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, took the decision several months ago to revive the tradition of the famous test day (preliminary tests) that had been axed in 2009 and 2010 owing to the economic crisis.
On the test day, held on 24 April, teams came to train on the legendary and highly specific 13.629 km track. Five of the teams bore Motul colours.
Team Pescarolo (Pescarolo – Judd) entered in LMP1 and won the day. After its victory at the 1000 km of Le Castellet, the team from the Sarthe département has once more proved its tip-top shape by clinching the best 'petrol cars' time.
In LMP2, the outcome was also positive for teams Oreca Matmut (Oreca 03 – Nissan) and Greaves Motorport (Zytek – Nissan). Following an intensive test programme, these teams respectively secured second and third best times.
Last, in the GTE category teams Jota Motorsport (Aston Martin Vantage) and Larbre Compétition (Corvette C6.R), it was the French team which achieved the best time. Indeed, backed up by the engineers and also the drivers of the official Corvette team, the French team scored the best time in the GTE Am category.
Pending the 24 Hours of Le Mans (11 & 12 June), it's a sure bet that these teams will podium in a fortnight at the 1000 km of Spa.
Picture: © David Reygondeau