World Endurance Championship Round 2. Official Test Day, Le Mans, France. June 2018. Image: Nick Holland for SportscarGlobal

At the time of writing we are 90-mins away from the first practice session of the 86th edition of the 24 hours of Le Mans. Test Day was completed and we have done our analysis and normalised some of the times set.  SportsCarGlobal with the assistance of @TheBPillar (give them a follow) have pulled times together based upon a number of the best stints per car and then melded those into lap times that whilst never set by anyone individual do give an indicative pace per competitor.  First the Le Mans Prototypes – 

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Of course from the upper eschalons of this group the pole-time will be set, and that of course is destined to be either the Toyota TS050 #8 or possibly #7. That may not come this evening however as the track is back to being very green, there is little rubber down given the weather conditions recently.  Hear from Mike Conway and Toyota Reserve driver for 2018 – Anthony Davidson – 

 

A special word for the TRS Manor Racing / Ginetta Team, cars #5 & #6. Due to the commercials behind the team, little testing has been conducted with no running at Spa and a fair showing at the Test Day. They have a job list as long as your arm, but some big strides can be made.  Hear from Alex Brundle (#6 car) on thoughts as it stands – 

 

World Endurance Championship Round 2. Le Mans, France. June 2018. 

In GTE-Pro we have not seen a coming together like this for many a year. It is going to take a full blooded, no holds barred flat out strategy to win this and many manufacturers have come armed with multiple entries to best improve those odds, as Richard Westbrook mentioned to us, its full on, flat out 24 hours with gloves off and no place for strategy.  Hear Andy Priaulx’s considered thoughts on this link

World Endurance Championship Round 2. Le Mans, France. June 2018. 

Adjustments in BoP made as recently as yesterday have seen Corvette Racing fan favourites #63 & #64 gain 10kgs and Oliver Gavin was a man disappointed by that when we spoke earlier, but his experience tells him it is a long race and at the end of the day you need to be there on Sunday.. 

World Endurance Championship Round 2. Official Test Day, Le Mans, France. June 2018. Image: Nick Holland for SportscarGlobal

Johnny Adam and Darren Turner had their poker-faces on earlier, we’re only drivers was the considered refrain, but the BoP adjustment definitely should bring the new AMR to the table, the #95 being a brand new car produced in just six days after Marco Sorensen’s rattle of the barriers east of Indianapolis at Test Day.  

World Endurance Championship Round 2. Official Test Day, Le Mans, France. June 2018. Image: Nick Holland for SportscarGlobal

So find a good spot, enjoy the show, its round one in just over the hour.  

Analysis produced by @thebpillar