Spyker Squadron Monza test preview

SNORAS Spyker Squadron pre-Le Mans test After a well deserved fourth place at Spa-Francorchamps the team immediately continues to work on their Le Mans 24 Hours preparations. With only three weeks to go before the most gruelling race starts ...

SNORAS Spyker Squadron pre-Le Mans test

After a well deserved fourth place at Spa-Francorchamps the team immediately continues to work on their Le Mans 24 Hours preparations. With only three weeks to go before the most gruelling race starts the team grabs the opportunity to test the Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R once more at Monza, Italy.

Earlier this year the Automobile Club de l'Ouest decided to cancel the official Le Mans test day to cut costs for the teams. This means that the teams have a long six hour test-session on the Wednesday preceding the race and the regular qualifying session on Thursday. Due to a collision and the weather conditions the Dutch team also missed a lot of valuable track time at Spa two weeks ago and decided to go to Monza for further testing. With its long straights Monza is an ideal track to simulate the Le Mans straight top speeds.

The team will not test new components in Italy but will fully focus on testing combinations of various aerodynamic setting in conjunction with their Michelin factory tires. This will hopefully result in a better insight of the best possible setup for the 24 Hour race in June.

Peter van Erp, Managing Director Spyker Squadron: "We have decided to go to Monza as once can never be sure how much time can be spent testing at Le Mans before qualifying and the race. It will take some time before the track has the right grip levels and just imagine how effective a free practice will be if it starts raining or code red is given on the lengthy (13.6 km long) track. Jeroen Bleekemolen will join us in Italy to get some extra mileage in the car. We also would like to see Jarek Janis in the car before we go to Le Mans".

The one day test is scheduled for Monday the 25th. The truck with the car will leave Zeewolde tonight and will return back in Holland on Tuesday.

After the test the team will travel South to France for the 24 Hours of Le Mans mid-June. For more Spyker Squadron updates do not forget to drop by our VIMEO and TWITTER pages which we will be updating regularly.

-credit: spyker

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Series Le Mans , European Le Mans
Drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen , Jarek Janis