Toyota Gazoo Racing made an excellent presentation of the updated GR010 model in front of the rest of the hypercars of the World Endurance Championship, in the Prologue, which made its debut this weekend at the Sebring Circuit, which will open the competition next Friday in 2023. with 100 miles.
The Japanese car brand did better than their future rivals on the 6,019 meter track, indicating that they have a development advantage in the WEC division, and after these two days they registered “1-2” reviews, leaving the car. No. 7 from the Argentine José Maria López, the British Mike Conway, and the Japanese Kamui Kobayashi, with the time he spent in Cordoba in the first session of Saturday 1m48s208, and with him 8 miles in composition to No. 8 Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa, who closed the action in the top final practice.
Behind both units was the brand new Cadillac Penske V-Series R of Count Bamber, Alex Lynn and Robert Westbrook, showing good potential after leading Saturday’s final session, and ahead of the Ferrari 499P of Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina and Nicklas Nielsen. Later, the two 963s were moved in a rush: No. 5 Dan Cameron, Michael Christensen and Frederic Makowiecki, and No. 6 joined by Kevin Entre, André Lotterer and Laurens Vanthoor. For his part, the Peugeot 9X8 of Pauli Di Resta, Mikkel Jensen and Jean-Eric Vergne, who made a mistake on Saturday, 7*.
As for the Vanwall Vanderbell 680, with which Esteban Guerrieri debuted in the WEC, racing with F1 ’97 champion Jacques Villeneuve and Tom Dillmann, he developed in this preliminary test, falling behind 2s5 at the end of the day.
In the LMGTE-Am race, the 911 of Michael Wainwright, Riccardo Pera and Benjamin Barker was the fastest, and in the 10-mile division Ferrari was overtaken by Ludovico Pérez Companc along with the Frenchmen Lilou Wadoux and Alessio Rovera; Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Corvette with which Nicolas Varrone turned down the race only with Nicky Catsburg, and was in seventh place 0s379.
For its part, in LMP2, the Racing Oreca Gibson WRT of Roberto Kubica, Rui Andrade and Ludovico Delétraz was able to break the path of Autosport of the United States, which with the car of Filipe Albuquerque, Frederic Lubin and Philippe Hanson finished third in the session; behind from Team JOTA members David Beckmann, Yifei Ye and William Stevens.
WEC – SEBRING – PROLOGUE – STAND 4
Next Wednesday there will be two official official sessions, 11:55 and 17:35 in our country; The third practice session will be on Thursday at 12:55 am, and then qualifying will take place at 7:30 am (LMGTE-Am), 7:55 am (LMP2) and 8:20 am grid for the first race of the year, which is on Friday at 1: 00 am will leave our country.
The champions will provide the details of this competition with our special representative of Sebring, Carlos A. Legnani (h), who will immediately report on the work of the Argentine pilots.