Team Charouz Racing experiences difficult Le Mans test On Sunday 1 June, Charouz Racing System took part in the official test day at Le Mans in preparation for the legendary 24-hour marathon race in two weeks' time. The test proved difficult for...
Team Charouz Racing experiences difficult Le Mans test
On Sunday 1 June, Charouz Racing System took part in the official test day at Le Mans in preparation for the legendary 24-hour marathon race in two weeks' time. The test proved difficult for the crew of Jan Charouz, Tomas Enge, Stefan Mucke and their Aston Martin powered LMP1 prototype. Set up issues with the new car meant it could not take to the La Sarthe track as often as the team would have liked. With limited track time, the car was ninth overall by the end of the second and final test session.
The car completed a total of thirty-six laps in a test which was marked by changeable weather conditions and two serious accidents. First Tracy Krohn crashed his Ferrari 430 GT2, followed by Marc Gene in his Peugeot 908. Both drivers were taken to hospital for observation, but fortunately neither was seriously injured.
Stefan Mucke: "Test day wasn't very positive for us, I must say. Our car had some set up problems and the technicians must find their source and the reason why it went that way. Just like Jan and Tomas I only completed a few laps. I'm optimistic though. The Aston Martin Racing technicians are very skilled; they will get it right."
Jan Charouz: "Sunday wasn't a perfect test day for the Le Mans 24 Hours. We had some problems with the car, but it's hard to nait it down. Our engineers are working hard on it. Anyway, I believe everything will be alright for the marathon."
Tomas Enge: "We spent a lot of time in the garage, so there isn't much to be said about sunday's drive. We completed just a few laps. For now it's important to solve the issues with the car and prepare well for the race itself."
Antonin Charouz, Team principal: "It was a strange day. A dry track for just a few moments, but very often rain. Our car didn't work ideally. We were dealing with its improvement all day but we didn't fully manage. The car isn't working as well as it should. We don't take ninth position that seriously because Stefan drove the only fast lap on dry track and he didn't even have new tyres. The team will stay in Le Mans and will be testing before the race itself. There is a possibility to test on the short version of the circuit in the remaining two weeks. We will definitely use it. There is also a different track though."
George Howard-Chappell, Technical Director of Aston Martin Racing: "The car set up isn't where it needs to be and the changeable conditions didn't help us in getting to the bottom of why this is. We're confident though that everything will be resolved for the race itself."