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Paul Ricard Test Days, By (Some of) The Numbers


Across 6 days of track testing action 80 different cars from six classes took to the Paul Ricard circuit for Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup (8 cars), ELMS (42 cars) and FIA WEC (30 cars), including the replacement Audi for the car damaged on Friday.


Five teams made their WEC track debut at the Prologue (Baxi DC Racing (below), RBR, Manor WEC, Ford Chip Ganassi, and Gulf Racing UK).


The test marked the first time that the all three factory LMP1 Hybrids have run in public as well as the 2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE.


It was also the first time than LMP1 cars have run in public on Dunlop rubber since 2011, and the first time that the factory Aston Martins have tested publicly on Dunlops too.


In the ELMS test, principally (but far from exclusively) because of the huge growth in the LMP3 field, we saw the debuts of IDEC Sport, Panis-Barthez, SO24!, #SRT41, United Autosports, Duqueine Engineering, Eurointernational, M Racing-YMR, Ultimate, 360 Racing, and Inter Europol. 14 cars from no fewer than 11 ELMS debutant teams.


No fewer than 21 LMP3 cars ran at Paul Ricard for the ELMS test, 18 of the 19 season entered cars plus the invited Kox Racing Ligier and ARC Bratislava Ginetta.


At least two other LMP cars were on site – the non-entered M racing YMR second Ligier LMP3 and, late on Saturday, the second (#45) FIA WEC-bound Manor WEC Oreca 05 Nissan..

By Class

GT3 – 8
GTE – 18
LMP3 – 21
LMP2 – 24
LMP1 – 8

Makes and Marques

1 x McLaren, Lamborghini, Toyota, CLM, Corvette
2 x Rebellion, Gibson, Morgan, Ford, Ginetta
3 x Audi, BR01
4 x Aston Martin
7 x Porsche
8 x Oreca (inc 2 x Alpine) Though the pair of Oreca built Rebellions could also be added here
12 x Ferrari
28 x Ligier (30 Onroak built cars including the two Morgans!)

42 x Nissan engined cars
3 x Judd
3 x AER

34 x Michelin runners
28 x Dunlop runners