After the first day of official testing for the European Le Mans Series (ELMS, the Signatech Alpine team has already put this prestgious name at the top of the time sheets.
With the fastest time of the test session Tuesday night, the Alpine Nissan LM P2 immediately stood out as one of the leading cars of the ELMS 2013 grid. I must say that Philippe Sinault's crew know the combination of the Oreca chassis (now Alpine) and Nissan engines perfectly, they ran that combination in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in 2011 and the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2012.
The Signatech Alpine team also rhad a visit yesterday's from André Cortanze, the designer of the victorious Peugeot 905 Le Mans 24 Hours in 1992 and 93. He raced Alpine cars in La Sarthe from 1966 to 1969, with the best result a tenth place in 1967 (with Henri Grandsire) and eighth in 1968 (with Jean Vinatier). The Alpine Nissan will start at the 90th anniversary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, on the 22nd and 23rd of June.