The Iberian peninsula has become in the epicentre of the test of the category queen of the WEC. While Toyota Gazoo Racing is completing a test session of three days in the path of Portuguese Portimao, next to the BMW team of the class LMGTE-Pro, in the circuit of MotorLand have been given an appointment three of the four private teams which will compete in the LMP1. Specifically, they have shared the track in the path of the aragonese prototypes ByKolles, SMP Racing and Manor with the aim of further progress in what has become a race to be the strongest rival of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid.
In this aspect and according to the data of ‘Endurance-Info’, the ENSO CLM P1/01 ByKolles has marked the time of reference during the first day of the tests. The austrian team has come to this test with Oliver Webb and James Rossiter, common drivers of training, as well as with Ling Kang and Tom Dillmann. It has been the latter that has marked the time of 1:18.3, which has served to ByKolles to lead the table of times. The training has also evaluated according to the same source, different tire options for the range that has Michelin for the category LMP1.
If ByKolles has noticed the baggage of the previous test, which they did in MotorLand, something similar has happened in SMP Racing. The Russian team has been to a tenth of the time of ByKolles with the BR1. Mikhail Aleshin, Egor Orudzhev and Vitaly Petrov have been the pilots present for training Russian, while Charlie Robertson has marked the time reference of the Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Manor. All in all, their records are still very far away from their rivals. However, this test in MotorLand, that has also been the team Racing Team Nederland of LMP2, has been the first serious test with the new LMP1 team.