Team Essex Porsche fast in first Dijon test On Monday morning Team Essex will begin the second of its three days of testing at Dijon in Eastern France, where the team is testing the Porsche RS Spyder, it will enter in this year's Le Mans Series...
Team Essex Porsche fast in first Dijon test
On Monday morning Team Essex will begin the second of its three days of testing at Dijon in Eastern France, where the team is testing the Porsche RS Spyder, it will enter in this year's Le Mans Series and the 24 hour race at Le Mans.
The first day of testing was trouble-free. In collaboration with tyres technicians from Dunlop various set-ups were tried on the car, which could become the fastest this year in the LMP2 class - the smaller class for the to-seated sports prototypes. But even though the cars in the LMP2 class according to the rules aren't supposed to be as fast as the Audis and Peugeots in the LMP1 class, development in recent years has been fast in this branch of the sport. This fact was very clear for some of the Dunlop staff.
On Sunday Team Essex lapped the circuit in a time of 1.06,7, and one has to go back several decades to find as quick lap times on the former Grand Prix circuit. The last time sports prototypes were raced by top teams at the circuit was back in 1990, when a World Championship race was last held at the Dijon circuit, where the fastest race lap record was posted by a Sauber- Mercedes in 1.08,973.
That thing are developing quickly in racing these days is underlined by the fast that Team Essex was a mere second and a half slower than the over lap record of 1.05,257. That was record during the last Formula One race at the circuit in 1984 by Alain Prost, who drove in a McLaren which was incidently also powered by a Porsche engine - just like the Team Essex car.