The official test of the Le Mans 24 Hours has left more unknowns than certainties, especially because the manufacturers present in LMP1 and LMGTE-Pro have played the ball to the time to show your cards. The three Toyota TS050 Hybrid have marked the three best times of the day, though that’s not to say that the superiority shown to be such on Porsche. For its part, in LMGTE-Pro, Ferrari and Ford have played to the occult and have shot below their actual performance. Apart from this, day conducive for the ‘rookies’ to complete the required work to compete in The Sarthe.
Kamui Kobayashi has signed a 3:18.132 with the Toyota #7 to mark the pattern and roll by 1.8 seconds under the pole of the last edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Toyota TS050 Hybrid #8 has fallen to 1.1 seconds of the time of reference, while the Toyota #9 he rode slower, in part because ‘Pechito’ López and Yuji Kunimoto had to complete the laps minimum that must make the ‘rookies’. All in all, the Porsche 919 Hybrid has finished three seconds between failure and fault, while the ByKolles has become to succumb to the best LMP2.
however, the LMP2 has become a subject of conversation recurring in the paddock of the WEC. The new prototypes are real ‘bullets’ in a straight line and at Les Hunaudières have reached speeds over 340 km/h, surpassing even the LMP1. Without much effort, the LMP2 stronger have been shot seven seconds below the times given in 2016. In this maelstrom of pure speed, the Alpine #35 of Panciatici, Ragues and Negrao has set the fastest time with a 3:28.146. The Manor #24, the G-Drive #26, and the two prototypes of Jackie Chang shot in 3:29.
If the difference between Toyota and Porsche in LMP1 is not representative, the table of times in LMGTE-Pro, it is still less reliable. Beyond the best time (3:54.701) of the Corvette #64 of Gavin, Milner and Fässler -the latter in the Blancpain GT – what is more important is that the AWG of the different manufacturers have taken their time. The two Porsche have been shot in 3:54.9, the Aston Martin Vantage in 3:55.2, three Ferrari 488 GTE in 3.55 media and the four Ford GT in 3:57 or high 3:58 low. In fact, Laurens Vanthoor has been able to get in two 911 RSR, and even in the Oreca #26 G-Drive LMP2.
finally, in the category LMGTE-Am the reference time has been for the Aston Martin #98 of Dalla Lana, Lamy and Lauda, one of the teams classic of the category and which holds more experience. All in all, the marked records in the category have been more even. In fact, the Aston Martin #98, he has shot in 3:58.250 thanks to the return signed by Pedro Lamy, while the C7 Corvette.R of Larbre Competition, the Porsche 911 #77 and the Ferrari 488 AWG #62 Scuderia Corsa have been moved in just three tenths of a second difference with respect to the leading car.