at Le Mans Test Day
Larbre Competition showed the impressive pace of the Saleen S7R at the Le Mans Test Day, setting the second fastest GT1-class time to finish ahead of both works Corvettes and the #007 works Aston Martin.
Christophe Bouchut set the team’s fastest lap, a 3:55.383, during one of the few dry periods of the day, while Patrick Bornhauser and David Hallyday had consistent pace in the wet.
Despite showing impressive pace, the torrid weather throughout the eight-hour session badly disrupted the team’s programme, as Team Principal Jack Leconte explained:”It was a very difficult session because of the weather. We had a lot of heavy showers and that ruined our programme. We weren’t able to do the work we wanted to do on the balance, weight distribution and engine mapping. Also, we couldn’t give all three drivers time in the car in the dry to give them more experience driving the Saleen here at Le Mans.
“Having said that, our dry set up looks pretty good and we are in front of some of the factory cars. We didn’t push too much in the wet and the challenge for the race looks like switching between the wet and dry set ups. Larbre Competition has a lot of experience in that regard so maybe that will be our ace card for the race.”
Christophe Bouchut said: “We set a good time on medium tyres which were 10 laps old which is very encouraging and I was on a quicker lap, on a new set of tyres, when the Peugeot went off. This car has the potential to scar the works teams and challenge for pole position during qualifying for the race.”
Patrick Bornhauser said: “The car was reliable, had good grip and was very easy to drive and Christophe posted a really good time to highlight that fact. I had a short run in the dry and also did some runs in the wet to see how the car reacts here at Le Mans and everything was fine.”
David Hallyday said: “Overall it was a good day despite the peculiar weather! After lunch the track was so wet that it was dangerous to drive, so we spent an hour in the garage, before I went out on intermediates later in the afternoon. I only did eight laps, but the car felt good and was immediately quite quick, so I’m feeling pretty confident ahead of the race.”