We sat on this one for a few weeks at the behest of Motor Sport magazine who were instrumental in a significant scoop and putting forward current ELMS sensation Harry Tincknell to drive the Le Mans winning #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro.
The test took place in mid-August at Mugello and although the reigning Le Mans LMP2 champ only got a handful of laps, he impressed the team mightily.
DSC contributor Sam Smith was on hand to chronicle the test for Motor Sport magazine and you can read the article in this months edition of the legendary magazine. The new issue is out (publically) tomorrow.
Thanks to Motor Sport, we can exclusively offer this brief excerpt (below), which is illustrated by a few of Sam’s personal shots from an unforgettable day.
The clatter of air guns resonates along the deserted pit lane. A set of used Michelins are applied. Gade utters the three words Tincknell has been aching to hear.
LG: “Clear to go.”
The conversation in the few laps he has at the wheel is minimal with Gade only reminding Tincknell that he can go down notches on the traction control. He doesn’t need a second invitation and his confidence, in what the back end is doing, comes naturally.
Upon finishing his ‘flying’ lap, Dr Ullrich strides across the pit apron to take a concentrated interest. Just as he does so the Audi runs slightly wide at the final turn, crosses the shallow kerb, slightly kicks up dust and grazes the grass beyond.
The gaffer raises a comedy eyebrow and smiles…..
Sam would like to thank Audi Sport, particularly Dr Ullrich, Leena Gade, Marcel Fassler and Martyn Pass. And of course Damien Smith at Motor Sport magazine for allowing us to post the excerpt here.