Interesting news from Le Mans this morning, as the results of the pre-Le Mans test were released. Porsche works and customer racing teams clocked up a combined total of more than 6,000 miles (9,988 kms) at Le Mans last weekend, with the fastest 911 time of 3:54.233 minutes over the upgraded 13.6-kilometre Circuit de la Sarthe.
Porsche set the fifth fastest lap overall, Tandy claiming honours for Weissach in the number 93 RSR. The Corvettes finished first and third, sandwiching the Ford GT of Jonathan Bomarito. Magnussen was quickest overall with a time just two-tenths ahead of Tandy’s best. Bergmeister revealed that the team had not tried a qualifying lap on the dirty circuit.
“As always at the Le Mans pre-test, the track was very dirty compared to the upcoming race weekend, said Jorg Bergmeister. “There was little grip, so it didn’t make sense to simulate a qualifying session. We collected important data during the test day to be as well prepared as possible for the season finale. There’s always something new to learn at Le Mans. We learned a lot – especially that our Art Car is a real head-turner. The astonished fans tooka lot of photos.”
“Aside from the normal set-up work and tyre tests, there was an additional item on the list,” noted Richard Lietz. “Several areas of the track have undergone some modifications. Above all, a very high kerb has been added in the Ford corner, affecting the racing line. You have to tackle this passage a little differently now and you can’t take a shortcut. It was important to check out these changes.”
The 2019 Le Mans 24-Hour weekend starts with four hours free practice at 4PM on Wednesday, June 12 before the first qualifying at 10PM that evening. Two more qualifying sessions take place the following day, with the race starting at 3PM on Saturday June 15.