Former WRC title winner Petter Solberg and World Touring Car Championship title winner Yvan Muller have both completed a test session with the Courage-Oreca team at Paul Ricard.
The test marked the first outing in prototype machinery for Solberg as he got behind the wheel of the AIM-powered Courage-Oreca LC70E, with the former Subaru man admitting it had been an enjoyable experience to run in the LMP1 machine.
“Le Mans testing was a thrilling experience,” he said. “I never thought I could cope with the others from the start, but I did – what a boost for my confidence. And it is also good to know that it worked well behind the wheel again.
“Oreca seems to be a fantastic team, and the other drivers are fantastic guys. Team manager, Hugues de Chaunac, is a great man with a big heart. What happens next, well – I'll guess we know more in a couple of weeks.”
SEAT's WTCC ace Muller has driven in prototype machinery before, and he too was impressed with his first taste of the Oreca machine.
“I knew how to drive prototypes, however I was really surprised!” he said. “The Courage-Oreca is relatively easy. I felt comfortable straight away.”