WEC: LMP2s make Hypercars shake

The second-largest class vehicles from the Endurance World Cup were more competitive in the Prologue than the brand-new LMHs.


El World Endurance had two days of testing on the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, where the category will play this weekend the first date of its 2021 championship. There, the performance of the category cars was surprising. LMP2, the second in importance of Wec behind the brand new division LMH.

Monday english Phil Hanson, the Swiss Fabio Scherer and Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque Oreca of United Autosports, were the great references at the beginning of the Prologue with 2m04s822.

United AutosportThat same day the best LMH was the Alpine A480 of Alpine Elf Matmut Endurance Team led by the French Nicolas Lapierre y Matthieu Vaxiviere and Brazilian André Negrão. The trio came fourth overall to 408/1000 behind the leaders.

On this day the other two LMH, the Toyota GR010 HYBRID of Toyota GAZOO Racing, they were far from the tip. The N ° 8 guided by the Swiss Sébastien Buemithe Japanese Kazuki Nakajima and the New Zealander Brendon Hartley It was 6th at 591/1000 of the reference LMP2.

AlpineWhile the car N ° 7 of the TGR that drives the Argentine Jose Maria Lopez, English Mike conway and the Japanese Kamui Kobayashi he had many mechanical problems and only completed a few laps in 17th place, the last between the two divisions.

On Tuesday there was a change of leader and it was also an LMP2 car. It was the Aurus-Gibson of the Russian Roman Rusino, the Argentinian Franco Colapinto and the Dutch Nicky de vries, the G-Drive Racing. Nailed 2:04.168 and they were left with the best record of the general test.

The best LMH placed in the accumulated was the Toyota of Buemi, Nakajima and Hartley in fourth place of the day at 501/1000. Behind were his teammates López, Conway and Kobayashi at 540/1000.

Pechito LopezAnticipating that LMP2s were going to be faster than LMHs, the Western Automobile Club the technical regulation was anticipated and modified so that they have this year 40 horses less power.

However, that was not noticed in these tests, something that could motivate a modification in the EOT (Equivalence Of Technology) to make the LMHs faster.

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