The increase in the speed of the LMP2 cars in the WEC so much of a surprise to riders that the pilot GTE Corvette of Oliver Gavin even said that now on the highway chase 30 car LMP1.
During Sunday’s tests, the highest speed demonstrated just the LMP2 cars, and the first place on this indicator went Villorba Corse Dallara P217-Gibson – 341,3 km/h.
New LMP2 cars began eight seconds faster than last year, so riders GTE need to be especially careful when around them in a circle.
“For us, this increase means that the road appeared virtually 30 cars of the LMP1 class, since now the speed of the first and second prototypes, when they are behind us not much different, explained Gavin. – It is good that they have now are faster, but problems can arise if, for example, will be too much – you need to be alert.
Will there be because of this turmoil in the race? I’m sure a couple of incidents can not be avoided, because it is a race, Le Mans”.
The fastest LMP1 car was the ENSO CLM P1/01-Nismo team ByKolles – 336 km/h, but this figure was only enough for fourth place. Toyota even took 14th place with a score of 330 km/h.
Despite the fact that the LMP2 cars were faster in a straight line, the best lap time in the class – 3.28,146, set by Nelson Panciatici in the car Signatech Alpine ORECA 07-Gibson, was ten seconds slower result Kamui Kobayashi of Toyota – 3.18,132.
Panciatici said that the increase in speed LMP2 made life easier for the racers prototypes of the second class, because now outrun the GT cars on the straight was much easier.
“Now it is easier to overtake due to the maximum speed with which we can easily increase other cars, said Panciatici. – We still need to be careful, but now it is much easier to cope with a slow GT car when we’re behind.”
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