‘Good start’ for Magnussen in first LMP2 test with High Class – Sportscar365


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Kevin Magnussen said his first preparations for the 24 Hours of Le Mans with High Class Racing got off to a “good start” after the former Formula 1 driver and IMSA race winner completed his first laps in the Oreca 07 Gibson from the team earlier this week.

Magnussen joined his father Jan and Anders Fjordbach for a session in Aragon before the Danish trio entered the main round of the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship on August 21-22.

The event will mark the first in which father-son couple Magnussen have featured in the same race car, while Jan has previously hailed it as a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity given Kevin’s upcoming engagements with Peugeot. in Hypercar next year.

Kevin will tackle the Automobile Club de l’Ouest simulator on July 6 as part of his rookie orientation for Le Mans. Jan already has 23 appearances at Le Mans under his belt, although his last racing prototype dates back 17 years with Audi and Team Goh.

“I think this is a good start for the project,” said Magnussen Jr., who competes in the Six Hours of The Glen at Sahlen this weekend as part of his full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar DPi championship race. with Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing.

“We made a lot of progress over the two days and, if we compare our speed to other LMP2 teams who also tested this week, it looks solid.

“But more importantly, I feel like the three of us riders get along really well together.

“The three of us gave the same feedback to the engineers after our testing and if we agree on how the car behaves, then like I said it’s a very good start.”

Other LMP2 teams raced in Aragon this week, notably Inter Europol Competition and Duqueine Team.

Jan Magnussen, who competes full-time at the WEC alongside Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen in the No.20 High Class Racing Oreca, said the Aragon outing gave the team the opportunity to make a plan before the official test day at Le Mans at half-time. August.

Magnussen, Fjordbach and Andersen will take part in the 6 Hours of Monza by test day, while High Class has yet to announce Andersen’s co-drivers at Le Mans for the extended entry to two High Class Racing LMP2 cars.

“It has been an extremely rewarding test,” said Jan. “The goal was to put the car on the track and at the same time see how we worked together.

“It was our first test together in the roster that we will have at Le Mans, so there was a lot on the work list but everything went well and efficiently.

“At first glance, it looks like we have a fast car that the three of us got used to pretty quickly. We’ve tried a lot of different setups and now have a pretty good plan for what we’re going to achieve in the official Le Mans tests. “

Kevin explained that the Aragon test added a new dynamic to the couple’s discussions about the race.

“It’s just natural for my dad and I to talk about racing cars, because we’ve been doing it pretty much since I can speak, and we understand each other really well,” he said. .

“But generally we tend to talk about each of our race cars, and now all of a sudden it was the same.

“It was fun and interesting to hear each other’s comments, and it was especially fun to stand up and compare my dad’s data with mine. It was an amazing experience. “

Daniel Lloyd

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.


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