Fernando Alonso fastest on Le Mans test day

Mclaren F1 driver and ‘part time’ Toyota LMP1 driver Fernando Alonso topped the time sheets on the Le Mans test day in his first visit to the circuit.

He ended up fastest in both sessions in the #8 Toyota LMP1 he will race on June 16/17 this year. He improved by around two seconds from the morning session to jump ahead of Kumui Kobayashi in the #7 Toyota by almost a second.

He said

“It was a lot of fun out there – the track is beautiful and fits perfectly with the LMP1s.

It was enjoyable for me and we got the info we needed from the test.”

This is a great sign, although not unexpected, since there are obviously previous champions no longer participating, such as Porsche. It looks good for Alonso’s hope for the elusive triple crown, winning Monaco, Le Mans and the Indy 500.

The Toyotas were split by Mathias Beche in the #3 Rebellion-Gibson R-13, a privateer entry.

DragonSpeed topped the LMP2 times in the afternoon with Nathanael Berthon in the ORECA-Gibson 07.

In GTE pro, Porsche pipped Ford to the top spot with the #93 CORE Autosport 911 RSR.

Dempsey-Proton Porsche moved to the top of the GTE AM entries in the #88 911 RSR, ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella’s #54 Ferrari 488 GTE.

 

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