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DeltaWing ready to race at La Sarthe

The DeltaWing crew prepare to race at Le Mans after qualifying at the Circuit de la Sarthe
The Highcroft-run Nissan DeltaWing passed more important tests on the second day of qualifying for its race debut in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Having chased a quick time in Wednesday's single session, the team spent the final four hours of running on Thursday ensuring that Satoshi Motoyama, Marino Franchitti and Michael Krumm were able to complete their mandatory night laps.

The team also spent time testing the car's unique lighting system – featuring lights in the nose and on the rear arch of the car – under night time conditions.

“We had a solid run tonight, with everyone getting in their mandatory night laps,” Motoyama said. “We still have a few little issues but, considering what has been achieved with this car in such a short space of time, it is remarkable that the car has performed as strongly as it has.

“Nissan has a huge presence here in Le Mans and, obviously, the Nissan DeltaWing has really been a huge part of that. I've been thrilled to be part of such an innovative program and it is quite remarkable to consider that we could finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans on half the fuel of a typical prototype.

“We still have a lot of work to do to achieve that, but everyone is working very hard on ensuring we give it our maximum effort.”

The car will start the race from 29th on the grid.

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June 15, 2012 3:43 PM

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