Ahead of the most important race of the year, the Le Mans 24 Hours, Harold Primat and Pescarolo Sport face a weekend of crucial work at the Official Test Day on Sunday 1 June. Geneva-based Primat and his regular Le Mans Series co-driver Christophe Tinseau, will be joined by Nissan works driver Benoit Treluyer at La Sarthe and the three will use their track time to re-acclimatise to the legendary 13.65km circuit and optimise their Pescarolo 01-Judd’s set up ahead of the race.
Harold on the Official Test Day – “It’s a very important day for both the drivers and the team. During the week of Le Mans, we don’t get any track time until qualifying on Wednesday, so the test day allows us to familiarise ourselves with the circuit once more and get the car ready in terms of set up. The atmosphere is a little different from a race weekend, a little bit more relaxed, but everyone is there to work hard and there is a lot to do. The track is open for eight hours on Sunday and we can’t afford to waste a single minute.”
…on the Test Day programme – “Usually what happens is that the most experienced driver goes out and does some basic set up work to start with. Then each driver will do five to eight laps just to get back into the rhythm of driving at La Sarthe. From that point on it’s all about set up work. Throughout the day we’ll try different set up options on the car to see if and how they improve our performance and work methodically through the job list.”
…on Benoit Treluyer – “I’m really happy Benoit is back in the car alongside Christophe and I. All three of us got on very well at Le Mans last year, and more importantly none of us made a mistake throughout the race. Benoit returned to Japan after Le Mans to continue racing in Formula Nippon and Super GTs, but we all stayed in touch and I know he’s been keeping an eye on how we’ve been doing. There is a great brotherhood between all the drivers at Pescarolo Sport; Romain Dumas, Manu Collard and Jean-Christophe Boullion in the #16 car and Christophe, Benoit and I in the #17 car. I really enjoy that atmosphere and we all work well together.”
The Le Mans 24 Hours Official Test Day takes place on Sunday 1 June with the race itself taking place on 14-15 June.
Le Mans 24 Hours – Provisional schedule
Sun 1 June – Official Test Day
Wed 11 June – Qualifying 1
Thu 12 June – Qualifying 2
Fri 13 June – Drivers’ parade
Sat 14 June – Le Mans 24 Hours