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2017 Le Mans test day report

#2, Porsche LMP Team, Porsche 919 Hybrid, driven by, Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley, Marc Lieb, 24 Heures Du Mans Test weekend, 03/06/2017,

#2 Porsche 919 Hybrid
All lined up and ready for the group shot on 3 June 2017 on the occasion of the 24 Heures Du Mans Test weekend. The #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid will be driven by Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley

Held on the weekend of 3-4 June 2017, the test day for this year’s Le Mans was run under clear skies. It was an excellent opportunity for the teams to put their cars, drivers, personnel and systems through their paces ahead of the big day on 17-18 June. Below is a summary of how the 2017 Le Mans test day went for the Porsche teams.

Porsche 919 Hybrid – LMP1

Track action took place on the Sunday where the two Porsche 919 Hybrids covered a combined total of 156 laps. In the #1 Porsche, Neel Jani/André Lotterer/Nick Tandy were behind the wheel, while in the #2 Porsche, Earl Bamber/Timo Bernhard/Brendon Hartley were getting their eye in. Marc Lieb, the 2016 Le Mans winner, also drove on Sunday as the ACO have made it mandatory for reserve drivers to participate at the test day as well.

#1 Porsche 919 Hybrid
The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer and Nick Tandy is put through its paces during the 24 Heures Du Mans Test weekend 4 June 2017

The best lap time of a Porsche 919 Hybrid last Sunday was 3:21.512 minutes, seven-tenths of a second better than the 919’s best test lap time in 2016. This was achieved despite restrictions enforced by new regulations concerning the aerodynamics in particular. The Porsche LMP team did not simulate qualifying at the test, choosing instead to go through their test routine. They finished fourth and fifth quickest behind Toyota after eight hours of testing. It should be remembered that none of the teams testing last Sunday would wish to reveal their strengths, and so all times can be safely assumed to be very conservative.

#2 Porsche 919 Hybrid
The #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid at speed during the 24 Heures Du Mans Test weekend on 4 June. The car is driven by Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: “We’ve had a mixed test day. We were focussing on race set-up and refrained from simulating qualifying. Although we didn’t achieve the mileage we wanted, we still learnt important lessons for the race regarding tyre choice and tyre wear. In the coming days, we will analyse today’s data and draw our conclusions to improve our cars’ performance. We unfortunately lost a lot of test time with our #2 car. Due to an oil leak, we had to change the combustion engine over lunch. At 3:38pm, after only two-and-a-half hours repair time, the car was back on track. What caused the leak is still to be analysed but the team did a great job.”

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