The Chrysler LMP team had an encouraging start to this year's Le Mans campaign when four-time Le Mans winner Yannick Dalmas set eighth fastest time having worked through a series of pre-planned tests.
The Frenchman, a four-time Le Mans winner, recorded a time of 3m36.988 seconds, while Japanese Seiji Ara was 13th quickest in another Mopar 6-litre V8-powered Chrysler LMP, shared with Masahiko Kondo. The Japanese drivers concentrated on endurance and fuel consumption throughout the day.
The third car, driven by Monegasque Olivier Beretta and Karl Wendlinger, needed and engine change after the morning session but the team completed the work to get the car out again in the afternoon, but only 15 minutes before the end.
"The car is very new and we need time to make it work," said Dalmas. "We need to fix various things on the car but that is all normal with the development of a new racing car. I think that I will be able to go faster during qualifying when we have spent more time on the test track between now and June."
"We had a good working day, and did not try to do the best lap but worked on the set up of the three cars," said ORECA team Director Hugues de Chaunac. "The number 14 car was programmed for endurance tests for fuel consumption and tyres and they worked well through a long list of improvements.
"Yannick worked on aerodynamic set-up in the number 15 car and non of the three Chrysler LMPs went for performance. We believe that the time set by Yannick would indicate that we could do a 3m35s lap, which is very encouraging. We looked for a good compromise to make it easy to drive over the 24 hours in June.
"The number 16 car was a disappointment. They broke the engine in the morning and we had to wait until lunchtime to get the car back and work on the engine. It went out again but stopped because of an electronic problem."