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With its stunning new electric blue livery shining in the southern French sun, KCMG’s Nissan powered ORECA 05 displayed competitive pace throughout Friday’s series of test sessions.
The now traditional WEC pre-season outing at the Paul Ricard track witnessed the team test the #47 LMP2 with all four drivers who will represent the team this season.
“It was my first run in the new car and first time at the track with the team.” said Porsche ‘loanee’ Nick Tandy. “I was extremely happy with the speed of the LMP2 and how the team cooperated together.
“I felt very welcome as a new member of the team and happy that we ended up fastest overall in the two days of testing. I’m looking forward now to the first race at Silverstone.”
Tandy will drive the LMP2 alongside Richard Bradley and Matt Howson at the WEC’s six hour rounds in the UK, Germany, US, Japan, China and Bahrain.
Nicolas Lapierre will take over Tandy’s duties in Spa and WEC’s Blue-Riband round in France, the 24 Hours of Le Mans whilst the British endurance newcomer pilots the third Porsche 919 Hybrid. “It was very nice to meet the team and to get to know my new teammates.” said Lapierre. “We’ve had a productive time testing but since this is a new car, there are some teething problems and we still need to develop the car further.
“I wish the team good luck for Silverstone and I’m looking forward to be back in the car again at Spa!”
Topping both morning and evening sessions on the Friday the team’s ORECA 05 Nissan package displayed impressive form on Paul Ricard’s 5.8km configuration. Cumulatively, the team logged 98 laps over the course of two days and posted their fastest time of 1:47.456 – emerging as the quickest LMP2 at the pre season test.
However, according to Team Manager Erich Kolb it was not a flawless weekend. “We wrapped up the two day test with the fastest time set by an LMP2 and we’re very pleased to been able to have that opportunity to work with all our drivers at Paul Ricard.
“It was a very productive outing ahead of WEC’s first race and we’ll do our best to deliver top results at Silverstone.”