Larbre Competition showed the potential pace of its Saleen S7R by setting the second fastest GT1 time and finishing ahead of both works Corvettes and one of the works Aston Martins at the official Le Mans test day.

Christophe Bouchut set the team's fastest lap, a 3min 55.383secs effort, during one of the few dry periods during the day, while co-drivers Patrick Bornhauser and David Hallyday both showed consistent pace in the wet.

"We set a good time on medium tyres which were ten laps old - which is very encouraging - and I was on a quicker lap, on a new set of tyres, when the Peugeot went off," Bouchut reported, "This car has the potential to scar the works teams and challenge for pole position during qualifying for the race."

Despite showing impressive pace, however, the torrid weather that marred the eight-hour session badly disrupted the team's programme.

"It was a very difficult session because of the weather," team principal Jack Leconte explained, "We had a lot of heavy showers and that ruined our programme. We weren't able to do the work we wanted to do on the balance, weight distribution and engine mapping. Also, we couldn't give all three drivers time in the car in the dry to give them more experience driving the Saleen here at Le Mans.

"Having said that, our dry set-up looks pretty good and we are in front of some of the factory cars. We didn't push too much in the wet and the challenge for the race looks like switching between the wet and dry set-ups. Larbre Competition has a lot of experience in that regard, so maybe it will be our ace card for the race."

 

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