This weekend is dispute the official test of the Le Mans 24 Hours, last test before the celebration of the ‘race of races’, that will take place between the days 18 and 19 of June. As is logical, this day of testing at La Sarthe serves to finalize certain details of the face the hardest race of the season, so that teams and riders to the limit during the entire day to their prototypes and GT. In spite of this, there are some new developments on the payroll of pilots who will take part of this test.
In this aspect, it should be noted that the only modification in the category LMP1 regard to the ‘line up’ of riders that we will see in 24 Hours is the inclusion of Alex Wurz in the Toyota. Despite announcing his retirement, during this test, Wurz will be uploaded to the Toyota TS050 Hybrid #5 and #6 to assess the set-up of the LMP1 japanese. Following a similar pattern, two new faces are added to the payroll of pilots in LMP2. The young Simon Gachet will be uploaded to the Ligier JS P2 of the team Panis-Barthez Competition, while James Winslow joins the ‘line up’ Race Performance.
As is logical, the largest volume of changes in LMP2 is the movement to ‘three bands’ Manor Racing is resolved with the arrival of Roberto Merhi at the Manor #44, the transfer Will Stevens to the Oreca 05, G-Drive Racing and the output of Nathanaël Berthon of this team. Apart from this, Joao Barbosa (Krohn Racing), Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon (Ford Chip Ganassi) lost the official test of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for their sports commitments in Detroit. The three drivers are platinum of the FIA, so that there is no problem about it.