• Tim Fullbrook

Porsche complete extensive Barcelona test with LMDh/GTP

The German marque clocked up over 2,000km in their first non-Weissach running

Porsche have shared insight into their first major test of their yet-to-be-named LMDh/GTP racecar at Barcelona. Taking to the Circuit de Catalunya, the Porsche Penske Motorsport outfit tallied over 2,000km (+427 laps) at the Spanish Grand Prix venue, developing tyres and optimising the V8 Turbo. Porsche say the team completed their first real test with "flying colours" as factory drivers Felipe Nasr and Dane Cameron shared duties behind the wheel. “We completed the first tests on a ‘real’ racetrack and managed to more than double the previous mileage of the new Porsche LMDh to over 2,000 kilometres,” says Urs Kuratle, Director Factory Motorsport LMDh.

“This shows that we used the time after the planned but cancelled tests very well for this intensive preparation. Including our partners, more than 70 people were at the track. From an organisation viewpoint, that was another challenge. We’ve made major progress not only with the car but with the operational cooperation and processes within Porsche Penske Motorsport. But we still have a long way to go before we’re where we want to be.”

2022 Rolex 24h GTD PRO winner Felipe Nasr opened up on his first runs in the Multimatic-based car. “These were my first laps in the LMDh car – a terrific experience," said the Brazilian, "Although the car is brand new, we managed to cover a lot of kilometres. That was great and shouldn’t be underestimated. "We could even begin the setup work and tyre tests. My impression of the vehicle is positive and I’ll leave Barcelona with a smile."

Other drivers involved in the running remains secret, but with Porsche‘s GT Team also conducting testing at Barcelona in recent days it would be no surprise if the likes of Kévin Estre, Gianmaria Bruni, and Michael Christensen take their first turn in the car after Fred Makowiecki ran the initial laps at Weissach a month ago.

Porsche's newest racer will debut at the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona, before competing in both IMSA and WEC series full-time.

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