French test for teams

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Teams contesting the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) took part in their final pre-season test at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.

The 2013 WEC kicks-off at Silverstone in just over a weeks time, and teams used the two-day French test as an opportunity to make final adjustments to their cars prior to arrival at Silverstone.

Whittlebury’s Strakka Racing were present with the LMP1 specification HPD-Honda car. Thornborough’s Danny Watts, Nick Leventis and Jonny Kane were all in action behind the wheel. The trio left the circuit in good spirits.

Watts said: “We had a very solid test and everything went really well. We ran through a number of planned test strategies and everything went according to how we wished.

“We are now looking forward to racing at Silverstone – it just needs to get a bit warmer!”

Silverstone’s Delta-ADR team rolled out their two Oreca 03-Nissan cars in new G-Drive Racing colours.

A new association for the 2013 season has seen the team adopt a new look and their black Russian-backed cars were both on-track.

However, both Oreca-Nissan cars suffered damage during the test in two incidents. An accident on the opening day, when Roman Rusinov was at the wheel, was enough for one of the G-Drive/Delta-ADR cars to not to be seen again during the test, while a suspension component failure on day two saw the second car returned to the pits on the back of a lorry.

The team has assembled a strong driver line-up for the new season with Roman Rusinov and Mike Conway signing to race alongside Silverstone-based Australian John Martin in the team’s lead car. The second G-Drive car will be raced by Tor Graves and former Williams F1 driver, Antonio Pizzonia. James Walker will also drive for the team.