The highlight of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) season is approaching fast: The 90. Edition of the 24h of Le Mans (22./23. June), third round of the 2013 FIA WEC season, is only two weeks away. The all Danish Young Driver AMR/Aston Martin Racing driver trio of Christoffer Nygaard, Kristian Poulsen and Allan Simonsen will get a first taste of the 13,6 km long mythical track in France at this Sunday’s official Le Mans test day with their Aston Martin Vantage GTE. The major part of the “Circuit de la Sarthe” consist of “route nationale“, regular public roads, and only for the official test day and during the race week, these roads will be closed for public use. Thus, the official test day is the only opportunity for team’s and driver’s to prepare for the world most famous endurance race.

#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8: Christoffer Nygaard, Kristian Poulsen, Allan Simonsen
#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8: Christoffer Nygaard, Kristian Poulsen, Allan Simonsen

Photo by: Lucien Harmegnies

The first two rounds of the season started brilliant for the “Danish Dynamite” trio of Nygaard, Poulsen and Simonsen. After a victory at the season opening round at Silverstone and a second place finish at Spa-Francorchamps in the GTE-Am class, Young Driver AMR leads it’s class in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

All three Young Driver AMR drivers know the track in the west of France, about two hours away from Paris, quite well, Nygaard and Simonsen took a class podium in Le Mans in the past, while Poulsen even scored a class victory. But as one can never be prepared enough for the most challenging race of the season, all three drivers are looking forward to the test.

„You could really feel that Le Mans is now approaching very fast“, says Christoffer Nygaard, who starts this year for the third time at "La Sarthe“. „The tension is building up now. At Le Mans, we will start with a new low downforce aerodynamic on our Aston Martin Vantage GTE. We tested this new aero kit recently in England and are now looking forward to test this at Le Mans. Aston Martin Racing was already with the Aston Martin Vantage GTE at Le Mans last year, so we have already a lot of data, which will certainly help in our preparation. At the test day, we will focus on things like tire testing, but we will also work on details as to optimize the seat of our car. When you do a 24h race, you have to make sure that all three drivers feel very comfortable in the car and this will be our main target for the test.“

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