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Teams Complete Shakedown at Bugatti Circuit

Le Mans teams complete rollout on Bugatti Circuit…

Photo: ACO

Photo: ACO

A total of nine teams, including all four LMP1 manufacturers, took to the Bugatti Circuit Tuesday for a shakedown session following Sunday’s Le Mans Test Day.

Among those in attendance in the LMP1 class included Audi Sport Team Joest with drivers Benoit Treluyer, Lucas Di Grassi and Rene Rast, Porsche Team with Brendon Hartley, Neel Jani and Nick Tandy, all six of the Toyota Gazoo Racing drivers, as well as the No. 22 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO.

LMP2 saw both OAK Racing Ligier JS P2s being shaken down, including laps by Kevin Estre, who had arrived from last weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge race in Detroit.

Signatech Alpine, SMP Racing and KCMG also turned laps over the course of the day.

No lap times were recorded during the closed test, with no incidents reported.

Here’s a rundown of some other news and notes from Tuesday at Le Mans:

***French President Francois Hollande will be making an appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, according to publication Le Maine Libre. Hollande will become the first President of France since Georges Pompidou in 1972 to have visited the race.

***Tom Kristensen will be honored during a special gathering at the Le Mans Museum on Monday beginning at 6:30 p.m. The nine-time Le Mans winner, who will serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s race, will serve as the guest of honor of an event hosted by Ouest France et France Bleu Maine.

***Toyota Gazoo Racing is celebrating 30 years at Le Mans with the release of a poster depicting every Toyota that has taken part in the 24-hour endurance classic.

Click Here for a selection of photos from today’s activities at Le Mans.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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