The pre-season of the Blancpain GT Series is underway and
blame the have had two test days at Paul Ricard. The path French,
configured with a straight back without chicanes, welcomed the participation of
up to 48 vehicles in a test in which there were some guests, came
the premiere of the new Mercedes-AMG GT, BMW M6 and Porsche 911, and we opted for
accumulate more mileage than fast times. This is a general procedure that left
the best chronograph for the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 of Barwell Motorsport. Marco Mapelli certified a 1:56.602 in the fourth session of this test.
In a pre-season test, divided into four sessions and
two days of work, with a good number of guest drivers and
programs of different tests is very difficult to draw conclusions, but well
it is true that at times came to highlight some drivers and teams. In the first
session, Laurens Vanthoor with the Audi R8 LMS of WRT was the fastest rider with
a time of 1:57.330, registration of which was very close to the team Rowe
Racing, one of the managers to introduce the M6 GT3. In that session,
Mercedes-AMG GT of Miguel Toril was third.
What is certain is that the Mercedes-AMG, BMW M6, and the unique Porsche
911 present in the track of Paul Ricard showed a great performance, being
regularly among the top ten during the two days of testing.
Can’t say the same for the new Ferrari 488 GT3, as the model of
Maranello did not participate in this test and the equipment of the Italian firm used
the less competitive 458 Italia GT3. For this reason, AF Corse had a role
discreet during a first day in which the best time was for the
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Oman Racing.
Already on the second day and in your morning session, Vanthoor was repeated quick time with the Audi R8 LMS, although finally the record that would prevail would be the Lamborghini #78 Barwell Motorsport. In fact, 1:56.602 marked by the Mapelli with the Huracán GT3 would have been placed on the pole round French of the Blancpain GT Series in 2015. Despite this, during the second day of testing some teams are allowed to see and, for example, the McLaren 650S GT3 Garage 59 finished second in the morning session with Rob Bell at the wheel.
In regard to the role of English in the test of Paul Ricard, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Black Falcon was a good paper, although it is true that the best times came from the hand of Oliver Morley and not of Miguel Toril. More discreet were the times -that didn’t work – the Bentley Team M-Sport. In the Continental GT3 #8, Andy Soucek completed a good number of laps, although as with Toril, the best time of the test came from the hands of Steven Kane. Finally, Lucas Ordoñez did not jump to track in all sessions with the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.