Good foundations laid for Le Mans

I’m back home for a few days now before jumping back on the EuroStar to Le Mans on Sunday as our scrutineering is scheduled for Monday afternoon. So, looking back at the test day, it was generally good. We were able to do most of the running we wanted and were very happy with the test. We did what we needed to do in terms of car set-up before we run again next Wednesday in practice when we’ll be attempting to fine-tune the general balance of the Ligier.

It was important to get a good feeling of the track although I was out first thing on Sunday morning when the test began and the track was unsurprisingly very ‘green’, generally dirty with no grip in other words. So it was a bit tricky to jump back in to the car in the afternoon and readapt all my references, but by the end of the afternoon I had a good feel for the car. It’s vital to already be in a good window and very close to our base set-up.

When I was in the car last Sunday, there were a lot of delays with yellow flags and slow zones. It’s just how it works and we will get a lot of that next week in the sessions and then, of course, in the race itself, so it’s good to experience these caution procedures. The negative was that we lost a little running time but it was the same for everyone else.

I shook down the #22 Ligier last Tuesday on the Bugatti circuit at Le Mans. The team stripped the car after the test and fitted our race engine, gearbox, suspension and brakes. Everything performed and worked okay although the track was wet with showers. So the United Autosports guys now switch everything back to the test components for next Wednesday’s track action. This is done so we can be sure and comfortable with the mileage and all the parts of the car that we are able to have good reliability in the race.

If you’re heading over to Le Mans, safe travels and enjoy the unique atmosphere!



Jun 12
Busy day on the track today! Kicking off with 4 hours of @24hoursoflemans practice followed by the opening session of qualifying 😃🏁@UnitedAutosport #LeMans24
Jun 11
Scrutineering done and dusted yesterday in the city centre. Back on track tomorrow #LeMans24 Here's all the (local) timings for @FIAWEC Wed: 4pm-8pm FP; 10pm-12am Q1Thurs: 7pm-9pm Q2; 10pm-12am Q3Fri: 5:30-6:30pm Drivers Parade Sat: 9am-9:45am; 3pm 24 hours of Le Mans
Jun 1
✅Admin and meetings done💤Now time for some rest before hitting the #LeMans24 track for the only chance we’ll have to get some laps in prior to race week.Here’s the timings for @FIAWEC testing tomorrow⏰9:00am - 13:00pm ⏰14:00pm - 18:00pm@UnitedAutosport #BeUnited
Jun 1
⏰Up bright and early for admin checks & briefing for @24hoursoflemans with @PaulDiResta and @AlbuquerqueFil Can’t wait to test the #22 on the track tomorrow! @LigierAutomotive @UnitedAutosport #BeUnited #LeMans24
May 31
📍Arrived in Le Mans! 🇫🇷Finally got that #FridayFeeling Absolutely buzzing for a busy weekend at @FIAWEC @24hoursoflemans #LeMans24
Jun 23
Just seen the video from our outing at #LeMans24. The end result definitely didn’t reflect our form. @AlbuquerqueFi @PaulDiResta. Great experience! #betterlucknexttime
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