Chandhok & co set fastest time in Le Mans test practice
Murphy Prototypes, a team comprising Indian driver Karun Chandhok, set the fastest time in LMP2 class during test practice two of the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race to be held here on June 13-14.
Changeable weather conditions punctuated proceedings at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe for the official prologue that takes place <g data-gr-id="22">two-weeks</g> ahead of the world’s most famous endurance race. The morning runs started dry and all three Murphy Prototypes drivers: Chandhok, Mark Patterson and Nathanael Berthon, each took turns at the wheel of the team’s Nissan-powered Oreca 03R before the rain came. The weather conditions were repeated for the afternoon session and, with the team having established a good set up for the car, Chandhok was able hook-up a perfect lap to secure the fastest time in the LMP2 category - and the 11th fastest time overall .
The test event provides teams the opportunity to run on the 13.629km (8.46-mile) track - which is only used in this format once-a-year for a <g data-gr-id="16">four hour</g> session in the morning and another <g data-gr-id="17">four hour</g> session in the afternoon.
The team was pleased to have run through its planned test programme during the day and to have established a good set-up for the car. Overall 22 cars will be running in the LMP2 category. The build up for the legendary race starts on June 7 and June 8 with scrutineering at Place de la Republique in Le Mans, followed by two free practice and qualifying sessions on June 10 and 11.