Le Mans test notes 2005-04-02

A DAY TO REMEMBER IN LE MANS At 9.05 a.m, in Le Mans (France), 15 all-new Formula Renault 3.5 World Series cars had stepped into the track for the very first joint test. None of the fifteen entered teams has failed to attend this big ...

A DAY TO REMEMBER IN LE MANS

At 9.05 a.m, in Le Mans (France), 15 all-new Formula Renault 3.5 World Series cars had stepped into the track for the very first joint test. None of the fifteen entered teams has failed to attend this big momento.

The World Series by Renault Team's engineers spent all day yesterday in the garages with the technical staff from Renault Sport Technologies, as well as all the technical partners involved in the championship. The Teams worked very hard until late but the sound of the first 425 Bhp engines over the track this morning when we stepped into the Circuit revealed that all that work was not in vane.

The teams are attending this test for two days with one single car. The next test in Valencia will see both cars on track.

It has been a day for history in the Buggatti track at Le Mans (France). After completing some installation laps, the drivers have started to discover this high-performance car powered by a new 425 Bhp 3-5 litre V6. Teams and drivers had spent the day checking all the systems, and during the afternoon most of the drivers were set for longer runs.

Although the time was never a priority, the German Markus Winkelhock, driving the Draco Multiracing USA car, set a new unofficial lap record in the Buggati Circuit, lapping 1'23"247 at a speed of 180.763 km/h.

Of course, it has not been a joyful day for all of the teams, as some teams did spend part of the day trying to solve some small problems, a normal staff when you are discovery a completely new car.

However, most of the teams finished their work today with a very respectable number of laps. Pons Racing's drivers managed to complete 69 laps, around 288, 42 kilometres.

Tomorrow, the teams will spend one more day in Le Mans.

<pre> Pos Num Driver Best Gap Speed 1 18 Markus WINKELHOCK 1:23.247 180.763 2 14 Jaap VAN LAGEN 1:23.509 0.262 180.196 3 24 Milos PAVLOVIC 1:23.726 0.479 179.729 4 5 Adrian VALLES 1:23.733 0.486 179.714 5 1 Giorgio MONDINI 1:23.760 0.513 179.656 6 6 Celso MIGUEZ 1:23.844 0.597 179.476 7 7 Robert KUBICA 1:23.939 0.692 179.273 8 29 Daniel LA ROSA 1:24.348 1.101 178.403 9 28 Patrick PILET 1:24.455 1.208 178.177 10 16 Simon PAGENAUD 1:24.517 1.270 178.047 11 4 Will POWER 1:24.678 1.431 177.708 12 17 Ryo FUKUDA 1:24.884 1.637 177.277 13 22 Alx DANIELSSON 1:24.964 1.717 177.110 14 3 Andreas ZUBER 1:25.882 2.635 175.217 15 31 Karun CHANDHOK 1:25.916 2.669 175.147 16 20 Damien PASINI 1:26.277 3.030 174.414 17 12 Ivan BELLAROSA 1:26.904 3.657 173.156 18 9 Enrico TOCCACELO 1:27.750 4.503 171.487 19 10 Tomas KOSTKA 1:28.594 5.347 169.853 20 30 Stefano PROETTO 1:32.031 8.784 163.510

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Markus Winkelhock