Following Fred Makowiecki and Michael Christensen’s test in the LMP1 contender last month, Porsche factory GT drivers Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy got their first experience of the Porsche 919 Hybrid this week at Motorland Aragon.
The three GT aces were joined by regular LMP1 pilots Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Neel Jani for the four-day test at the Spanish circuit, which saw them rack up more than 2,500 miles.
While the focus of the test was to prepare for the three remaining FIA WEC races of 2014, which included aero, suspension and tire testing, it also gave the opportunity to give Lietz, Pilet and Tandy their first laps in the car.
“The Porsche squad of GT works drivers is top-class and very well trained,” said team principal Andreas Seidl. “Right from the beginning, the LMP1 team benefitted from that, and we are happy to give something back with the chance to test for us. Internal promotion is important.
“Overall, after these four days we feel well prepared for the three six-hour races in November.”
The German manufacturer heads into next weekend’s Six Hours of Shanghai searching for its first win with the 919 Hybrid, following another dominant performance by Toyota last time out in Fuji.