Silverstone and Spa are in the past and WEC wheel direct to the 85th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While the quote queen of the resistance is not celebrated until the 17th and 18th of June, the activity around The Sarthe starts this weekend with all the technical scrutineering and administrative, as well as with the dispute of the day of official test that will take place this Sunday, 4 June. This testing day is divided into two sessions. The first is between 9 and 13 hours, while the second is held from 14 to 18 hours.
The 60 cars that will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans are enrolled in the official test, as it is logical. However, this does not guarantee that all the drivers are present in The Sarthe, although a priori this test is mandatory for all participants and almost all of them will be on the afalto of the path of the French. However, and if certain requirements are met, drivers Platinum are not required to play this session, upon special request to the Sports Committee. On the opposite side of the coin, all the pilots debutantes must meet a number of requirements during this day of testing.
In the first course is Tony Kanaan after being confirmed as one of the drivers of the Ford GT. The brazilian will not contest for the official test of the Le Mans 24 Hours as of this day of test of the WEC coincides with a quote from the IndyCar series. Instead, Kanaan will need to complete a training session in a simulator approved by the ACO and to make five laps during the free Wednesday, June 14. For his part, the ‘rookies’, you must make 5 complete laps in this test, that is to say 10 laps in total, including the turns of exits and entrance to the garage. Also need to pass by the simulator.
More than 50 riders are part of this group of ‘rookies’ because they have never competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, or do not form part of what is known as ‘experienced pilots’ in the specific regulation of the test. In this half a hundred pilots, including those who compete this weekend in IndyCar or in the appointment of IMSA in Detroit, appear illustrious names as Tony Kanaan, ‘Pechito’ López, Rubens Barrichello, Jean-Eric Vergne, Jan Lammers or the Spanish Miguel Molina. 3 are the ‘rookies’ in LMP1, 31 in LMP2, 2 in LMGTE-Pro and 15 of the 48 pilots, LMGTE-Am.