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Teams Continue Le Mans Prep, Test at Bugatti Circuit

Audi, Porsche, Toyota among teams testing on Le Mans Bugatti circuit today…

Photo: Laurent Mercier/Endurance-Info

Photo: Laurent Mercier/Endurance-Info

While the official test day may be over, a number of leading prototype teams took to the track Tuesday for laps around the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit. (En Français)

All four LMP1 manufacturers: Audi, Porsche, Toyota and Rebellion, were on track this morning, utilizing the extra running time to prepare for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in less than two weeks’ time.

All three Audi R18 e-tron quattros were seen on track, as well both Toyota TS040 Hybrids and the two Porsche 919 Hybrids.

The No. 12 Rebellion R-One Toyota returned to action following Nick Heidfeld’s accident in the final minutes of testing on Sunday. The ORECA-built car was heavily damaged in the shunt at the Porsche Curves, but no tub damage was reported.

Other teams to have turned lap this morning include Signatech-Alpine, OAK Racing Team Asia and G-Drive Racing.

The purpose of this test, for many of the teams, is to bed in race components, such as engines and gearboxes, to ensure their functionality before warmup next Saturday. Teams will typically use a different set of components for practice and qualifying.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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