Four-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and former F1 driver Yannick Dalmas has been handed the opportunity to test all three factory LMP1 challengers Audi, Porsche and Toyota at the WEC Rookie Test in Bahrain to get first-hand knowledge of the cars' visibility, approaching speeds and characteristics.
Dalmas is an official FIA driver adviser who attends every WEC round and Le Mans 24 Hours and will drive each factory LMP1 effort at the Bahrain International Circuit in order to gain understanding of the cars with the foresight to improve safety and procedure regulations in WEC.
A number of crashes in WEC have been involving LMP1 cars attempting to overtake other slower class cars.
The WEC promoters have selected three drivers who have shown great potential in 2016 to trail LMP1 cars with Gustavo Menezes, Pipo Derani and Antonio Giovinazzi being given the nod.
Menezes will test for Porsche and Derani at Toyota but due to Giovinazzi's clash with his GP2 Series commitments, he will be replaced by Paul-Loup Chatin.
In LMP2, Tom Jackson and Felix Serralles have landed tests with G-Drive Racing in its Ocrea 05 – Nissan, while William Owen and Patricio O'Ward will test for RGR Sport By Morand and its Ligier JS P2 – Nissan.
Manor, Signatech Alpine and Baxi DC Racing Alpine will also test in Bahrain but are yet to confirm driver line-ups.
In LMGTE-Pro, GP2 challengers Alex Lynn and Jordan King will test for Aston Martin Racing and will be joined by Ross Gunn and Matt Parry, Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey.
AF Corse Ferrari is also set to test but is expected to name its drivers in the coming days.
The final entry list for the test, which will run be from 10h00-12h00 and from 13h00-16h00, will be announced the week prior to the 6 Hours of Bahrain.