Four more down - just four more to go for AMR

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Young Driver AMR team mates for the 2016 World Endurance Championship Darren Turner and Nicki Thiim have just completed an extensive four day Dunlop tyre evaluation test with their new tyre partner at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain.

The team were very fortunate to have some very mixed weather over the four days that allowed them to test differing set up parameters with the revised 2016 car along with both the slick and wet Dunlop tyres.

With these allotted test days now complete, that leaves the team and their works/customer entries just four more nonimated test days at the respective series Prologue's before the start of their respective WEC and European Le Mans Series, which both start at Silverstone over the weekend of 16/17th April.

Having only confirmed their switch to Dunlop for the WEC (Dunlop is the control tyre provider for ELMS anyway) at the launch of the 2016 GTE car last month it has been a very progressive learning curve for both the team and Dunlop to ready themselves for the 2016 season. Previous tests include the one that took place in Bahrain with both the 2016 and 2016 chassis after the final round of the 2015 season and another four day test last month with the 2016 car that also took place at Paul Ricard.

The ELMS Prologue will be next up on the teams calendar taking place over the 22nd and 23rd March and will feature five sessions spread over morning, afternoon and evening over those two days. Scheduled to attend are both the Beechdean and TDS Racing GTE entries who are stepping up from British GT and ELMS GTC respectively. With any luck the event will also provide clues to the full driver line up to both cars!!

Later that week will then see the turn of the WEC's Prologue event spread over Friday 25th to Saturday 26th March. Two AMR cars have been confirmed for this event with the #98 GTE AM car making its first outing since its post winter rebuild and shakedown. Whilst the full driver line of the #98 has been announced as attending the test (as in Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda) only Marco Sorensen and Fernando Rees have been announced to run in the #97 car. With Thiim and Turner already having inputted loads of data from their Aragon test it will be highly likely that the remaining factory drivers (Jonny Adam and Richie Stanaway will make some sort of appearance as well.

Thankfully for us, Nicki Thiim has shared some great video of him and the car in testing action from Aragon HERE and HERE.

Photo credits - AMR / D Turner / N Thiim / J Adam

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