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Le Mans Test Thursday Notebook

Laurent Mercier’s notebook from Thursday at Le Mans…

Photo: Laurent Mercier/Endurance-Info

Photo: Laurent Mercier/Endurance-Info

***As of 10 p.m., Millennium Racing has yet to arrive in the paddock. The entry list for the test day indicated the presence of two Oreca 03 Nissans, but by late afternoon, the team’s pit was well and truly closed with no truck behind the garage. All other teams have arrived.

***Matthieu Vaxiviere has been ruled out of the cockpit of the No. 75 Prospeed Competition Porsche for six weeks after fracturing a vertebra following an accident in last weekend’s World Series by Renault race at Monaco. Markus Palttala, who is racing this weekend in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, will fill in for the Frenchman in the race.

***Several teams will turn laps on Tuesday of next week, following the test day. They include Toyota Racing, OAK Racing and OAK Racing Team Asia. This traditional “mini test” is usually used for engine and/or gearbox installation runs.

***Sebastien Loeb Racing is split into two this weekend, with part of the team in Ledenon for the French GT Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup France races, while the other half in Le Mans to oversee the team’s Oreca 03 Nissan at the test day.

***Toyota Racing will be well represented in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a workforce of more than 100 people, representing a total of 28 nationalities.

***Tecpro barriers have been installed at the entrance of the Porsche curves in addition to the rows of tires. These measures have been made to emphasize safety.

***In parallel to its commitment in the French GT Championship with its Audi R8 LMS ultra, Sebastien Loeb Racing is exploring other options for the second half of the season, including the 24 Hours of Spa and a few rounds in other GT3 championships.

***The majority of the Oreca 03 teams were seen with the new 03R bodykit today, including SMP Racing and Race Performance.

***The FIA WEC App has transformed into the 24 Hours of Le Mans App for the upcoming month. You can purchase full video and timing access to the race for less than $14.

Laurent Mercier (@LaurentMercier2) is the Editor-in-Chief of Endurance-Info.com, the leading French-language source for the latest sports car racing news from around the world.

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