- The calm before the storm in the pits
Though the race is won on the track, it can be lost in the pits. That is why many teams carried out refueling training sessions this afternoon. Among them were Porsche LMP Team, Toyota Gazoo Racing and SMP Racing. The Japanese team has prepared for all eventualities including the simultaneous stop of all three of its cars as well as hood replacements.
- Slick tires are the way to go
According to the latest weather forecasts, Test Day for the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on a dry track. That is excellent news for competitors who will be looking to rack up as many laps as possible and refine their car set-ups in conditions similar to those they'll likely encounter during the race.
- Pierre Nicolet (Eurasia Motorsport's #33 Ligier JSP217-Gibson) is raring to go
The son of Onroak Automotive owner Jacques Nicolet is getting ready to participate in his first 24 Hours of Le Mans, along with his father and Erik Maris. The day before hitting the track for Test Day, Pierre Nicolet told us: "My primary objective for Test Day will be to do the 10 mandatory laps since it's my first participation. I will familiarize myself with our Ligier JSP217-Gibson on the 24 Hours of Le Mans track, and become more at ease running with the LMP1s, the 25 cars in the LMP2 class and all the GTs. It will be a heck of a learning experience and I can't wait. It's the biggest, most wonderful endurance race in the world, so I'm very humble in the face of everything going on."
During the race, Ford will make the most of a perfect live-streaming opportunity. Every Ford GT will be equipped with an on-board camera and other cameras will be installed in the American manufacturer's pits.
- A round-trip from Zolder, Belgium for Marcel Fässler
Marcel Fässler, driver of Corvette Racing-GM's #64 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, will be participating this week in the Blancpain Sprint Cup race at the Zolder circuit in Belgium at the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS. Tomorrow morning, he will make the round-trip between Belgium and Le Mans in order to do a few laps of the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit.
PHOTO: Later in the afternoon, several teams conducted refueling training sessions, like Toyota Gazoo Racing pictured here.