LEMANS: 2011 Test Day
LE MANS RACERS READY FOR THE 24 HOURS
I won't ever forget getting in the Ferrari and driving down the Mulsanne Straight for the first time.
Sunday saw the return of the once traditional Le Mans 24 Hours official test day and CRS Racing came away from a busy day on track with a positive feeling about the forthcoming race in June.
Pierre Ehret knows Le Mans well and has achieved great success at La Sarthe. His team-mates Shaun Lynn and Roger Wills have both raced at Le Mans but in the historic category so Sunday was their first chance to head out onto one of the most special race tracks in the world in a modern GT car.
CRS Team Principal Andrew Kirkaldy took to the track first in order to set a baseline lap time before handing over to the Le Mans drivers. Shaun and Roger had to complete 10 laps of Le Mans in order to pass the rookie test and become eligible for the big race. Both rookies had a good amount of time in the car and are feeling confident for the race ahead of them.
"I'm very satisfied with how the day went," said Shaun. "Racing an historic car is totally different here so we have had to really start over and learn the track from scratch. With the faster cornering speeds and much shorter braking areas, combined with the fact this is such a long track, it takes time to learn it. I managed to make improvements with every lap and there is still much to do. If you left us here another day then you would see our times continue to fall."
"I won't ever forget getting in the Ferrari and driving down the Mulsanne Straight for the first time," said Roger. "It took me nearly all day to get over that! This is a special place. The focus this morning was on getting our ten laps done but this afternoon we had long runs so you can really get to grips with the car and chip away at the lap times. This is a boyhood dream come true, without a shadow of a doubt."
Pierre, Shaun and Roger will be on track together again in just two weeks when they compete in the second round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup at Spa in Belgium, the last stop before Le Mans!