A total of 45 different cars took part in the first official Blancpain Endurance Series two-day pre-season test of 2015 at the Paul Ricard circuit.

Testing showed the level of competition will be very high this season with 19 cars separated by under a second on day two of the test, including nine different manufacturers. The TDS Racing BMW Z4 were the only team on day two to break the 1m 57s barrier, topping the times with a 1m 56.855s, two-tenths of a second ahead of Insightracing Denmark (Ferrari 458 Italia).

Reiter Engineering with its Lamborgini Gallardo took the honours on the first day with an even quicker 1m 56.018s, ahead of Kessel Racing (Ferrari 458 Italia) by over a second.

The test was rarely halted over the two days as all the teams enjoyed relatively problem-free running. This was especially impressive considering the number of new cars on show; some getting their first proper post-production running, including Grasser Racing Team's Lamborghini Huracan and the McLaren 650S of Von Ryan Racing.

In addition to these new sights, the unexpected debut from the new Audi R8 LMS ultra, which will make its Blancpain debut during the course of 2015.

Renaud Dufour, technical director of Bentley Team HTP, who finished 12th on day one and 20th on day two, said: "We are rather satisfied with the progress we have made. The car proves to be very competitive. We have tried several set-ups, and gave the drivers plenty of opportunity to get acquainted with the car.

"We still have some work to do, but we are getting there, step by step. Even though the size of the car means that some tracks will suit it better than others, we hope to be at the front from the opening round of the 2015 season."

Each team will return to its respective bases to analyse the data collected in preparation for the Blancpain Endurance Series opener at Monza on the 11-12 April.



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