The major Dunlop tyre test at Motorland Aragon all this week saw 25 cars across 18 teams assemble for a huge amount of track running across Dunlops GTE and LMP2 customers from the FIA WEC and ELMS and GT3 customers from VLN.
Whilst ambient temperatures were cool, and some days saw mixed conditions, that simply gave some teams the opportunity to test Dunlop’s new 2018 intermediate and full wet LMP2 tyres, whilst the drier running saw three new slick options on track.
A new spec ELMS GTE range was on test too, together with new options for possibly one of the most challenging racing environments in the world, the Nürburgring!
All in all over 1000 tyres of the 3500 brought to Spain on 10 Dunlop trucks saw lappery with 45 fitters, engineers and support staff overseeing 5468 laps of the Motorland Argon track, and a total of 26793 km of running.
With the DSC Ed’s arriving via Barcelona the incoming flight overflew the nearby race circuit where the Formula One pack was testing in Barcelona the Dunlop-shod teams at Aragon meanwhile saw tyres being tested up to four times the distance of a Formula One race, completing 65 laps, well over 300 km on one set.
Dunlop’s Testing & Track Support Manager Mike McGregor:
“With all-new tyres for all our championships and classes there has been plenty for teams to test. We have our new one-brand ELMS GTE specification tyres here and new products, customers and partners in the VLN too so it has been very productive.
“Last year, this was the first test with the new regulation LMP2 cars so we now have tyres designed with a full year of learning and data. We can see a big step forward in performance, consistency and drivability plus optimised suitability across the three chassis.
“We must thank all our teams again. A big part of what we do is work together with all our partners rather than having a client/customer relationship, and spending up to five days together here gives us a good start to the season.”
That assessment was backed up by the assembled teams who reported a step forward in pace year on year with their Gibson-powered LMP2s of around half a second per lap, in some cases more.