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Dunlop Tire Test Kicks off at Sebring

Oreca 07, Ligier JS P217, Dallara LMP2 in action at Sebring…

New-for-2017 LMP2 cars from ORECA, Dallara and Onroak Automotive are in action this week at Sebring International Raceway, as part of a week-long Dunlop tire test.

The five-day test, which kicked off on Monday, features both the Oreca 07 and Ligier JS P217 test cars, as well as the Racing Team Nederland Dallara LMP2, along with an Aston Martin Vantage GTE car.

The testing is focused to develop Dunlop’s 2017 LMP2 tire that will be used in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series with the new Gibson-powered machinery.

It’s understood Tequila Patron ESM is operating the Ligier-Gibson, which took part in last month’s IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona, while the Oreca 07 is decked out in Rebellion Racing decals.

Rebellion, meanwhile, will utilize ORECA’s test car for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, with ESM set to take delivery of its Nissan-engined Ligier DPis later this month ahead of a planned Daytona debut as well.

The Sebring test is running concurrently to IMSA’s second official pre-season test at Daytona, which kicks off on Tuesday.

Photos and video courtesy of “Fans of the 12 Hours”

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  1. JB

    December 12, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    What about a Riley? Will Visit Florida visit Sebring after the Daytona test?

    • Dan

      December 12, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      I’m beginning to wonder if the Riley will be seen outside the US unless a team based here takes one abroad.

      • Morningview66

        December 13, 2016 at 2:52 am

        Yeah, It’s looking like that could be the case, at least for 2017.
        In which sense the Riley would not need to test on the Dunlops.

        • Morningview66

          December 13, 2016 at 2:56 am

          Having just said that, aren’t VisitFlorida the likely IMSA invitational entry for Le Mans?

  2. southcove

    December 13, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    not that it matters or its particularly relevant; but it would have been fun to see the P2’s and DPis all on one track and one brand of tires..

    • HapD

      December 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Based on comments elsewhere by one of the drivers who has experience in both cars, the DP would be toast.

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