Day 1 of the two day test for Toyota and a few close friends at the Nurburgring saw all of the planned 20 regular season FIA WEC entries on track with a (sort of) surprise 21st!
There’s no media access to the paddock today but the main pit straight grandstand is open and our hotel room balcony has proven to be a very useful viewing spot!
Despite heavy rain showers in the morning there was plenty of running though the Audi, numbered #9 wasn’t seen by us until the afternoon. Timo Scheider is here at the track, for a test? That much isn’t clear.
Toyota have had plenty of running with their single car here Alex Wurz spotted today.
Porsche are running their all black development 919 Hybrid numbered #919. Brendan Hartley has been on driving duty today together with Timo Bernhard.
Pierre Kaffer has had plenty of running in the ByKolles CLM, the car looking pretty quick as the track dried.
Six LMP2s are here and running. The #26 G-Drive Ligier and Tequila Patron ESM are here with both of their HPD engined Ligiers, both still in partial Rolling Stone livery.
It was our first chance to see the Strakka Racing Gibson with Nick Leventis and Danny Watts both already spotted in the #42 car.
The Le Mans winning #47 KCMG Oreca is running this afternoon and the SARD Morand Morgan Nissan is here too with Oliver Webb and Pierre Ragues already visually confirmed aboard the car.
GTE has a similarly full house from the planned entry, both GTE Pro Ferraris and Porsches with a solo Pro class Aston Martin (#95).
Am class contenders from AMR (#98), both Proton Porsches and the AF Corse (#83) and SMP (#72) Ferraris are also out and running.
Also pounding around in both wet an dry sessions was an anonymous almost all carbon Ferrari with test equipment attached to the rear.
We’re pretty sure this is the same Dunlop tyre development car seen at the pre season Paul Ricard tests. Despite the mirrored side windows we were able to identify Rob Bell at the wheel.