Pescarolo Sport Test Day notes, driver lineup

. BEST TIME OF THE TEST DAY FOR FRANCK MONTAGNY IN NO. 17 . NICOLAS MINASSIAN JOINS PESCAROLO SPORT IN THE NO. 16 Advantage Pescarolo : this is the headline across the page in l'Equipe this morning, which corresponds rather well with the...

. BEST TIME OF THE TEST DAY FOR FRANCK MONTAGNY IN NO. 17

. NICOLAS MINASSIAN JOINS PESCAROLO SPORT IN THE NO. 16

Advantage Pescarolo : this is the headline across the page in l'Equipe this morning, which corresponds rather well with the frame of mind held today within the Pescarolo Sport team.

The first meeting on the site of the great 24 Hour circuit between the teams decreed favourite for the forthcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, Pescarolo Sport and Audi, effectively took place at the Official Test Day.

The public and the media were looking forward to this event with nearly as much eagerness as the members of the two teams.

The duel, by the way, started right from the word go, with a to-ing and fro- ing of quickest time between the No. 7 Audi of Kristensen and the No. 16 Pescarolo of Collard.

In the end, Frank Montagny handed the advantage to Pescarolo Sport in the dying minutes of the session and set a time of 3 :30.195 in the No. 17 Pescarolo-Judd, more than 2 seconds ahead of Capello's Audi.

"A successful time, considering I didn't have a completely clear lap, " said Franck Montagny. But we mustn't get carried away. We still have two weeks to work on it and we will come back to the battle in 15 days time. "

Henri Pescarolo commented at the press conference : " We showed the true potential of our cars which have been highly modified. A quickest time in the test sessions is one thing, the race is another. The Audis are always just as impressive. "

After Jean-Christophe Bouillon's accident, Henri Pescarolo tried to put together a solid and experienced line up for the No. 16 Pescarolo. At the time of the test day, he ran Christophe Bouchut (who is entered in the LMS with the Imsa Performance Porsche with the same sponsor as Pescarolo Sport, Matmut). It became apparent that, despite his huge talent and impressive cv, the driving of a Sports-Prototype is very different to that of a GT car and there was not enough time between Bouillon's accident and the 4th June to fit in any training. It will therefore be Nicolas Minassian, a great Prototype specialist, who will join Pescarolo Sport for the 24 Hour event. His Creation Autosportif team has sportingly released him so he can rejoin a team he knows well, from when he was with them in the 2003 and 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Pescarolo Sport has set up quarters in the pits of the 24 Hour circuit, and has started on a week's work to fine tune its two cars before the big race week.

Car N° 16 :
Emmanuel Collard / Erik Comas / Nicolas Minassian

Car N°17 :
Eric Helary / Sebastien Loeb / Franck Montagny

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