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Spa Testing Notes From Toyota, Ginetta, Proton & Michelotto

First Appearances for Hartley and APM Monaco, Michelotto Ferrari shunts, Ginetta progress continues

DSC was present at a Pre-Le Mans Test at Spa on Tuesday and Wednesday that saw Toyota undergoing systems checks with both of their TS050s, Brendon Hartley getting his first time aboard his new charge, he’ll drive too at the Le Mans Test Day before joining the team for the full 2019/20 season.

Sebastien Buemi and Jose Maria Lopez also drove.

Proton Competition brought two cars to the test, testing with the brand new and as yet unrated car owned by HubAuto’s Morris Chen. The car will race, as the #78 Proton entry, at Le Mans and, the team hope, at Shanghai later this year too as a one-off in the FIA WEC.

All three Le Mans drivers, the all Monegasque trio of Vincent Abril plus father and son Philippe and Louis Prette, drove, aided and abetted by driver coach and fellow Monaco man Stephane Ortelli.

The team had a second car available, this the #88 car from the ELMS, but it did not run.

Also present were Michelotto, together with Ferrari factory drivers Alessandro Pier Guidi and Davide Rigon, with the all carbon 488 GTE also seen at last week’s Monza test.

The squad were tyre testing.

The car suffered a violent ‘off’ on the first, sopping wet, day, Pier Guidi at the wheel when the car left the track at Raidillon. suffering extensive damage front and rear.

By Wednesday the Michelotto development team had the ex Rinaldi #333 Blancpain 488 on track, apparently converted to GTE spec with Pier Guidi back at the track apparently unhurt, but Rigon only at the wheel for a dry and warm Wednesday.

The final runner was the Ginetta G60 AER LMP1 car, following up its recent test at Motorland Aragon with a further test doubling up between performance and development and sales pitch.

Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson was present with factory driver Charlie Robertson driving, joined again by James Jakes, Anders Fjordbach and LMP1 debutant Andrea Pizzitola.

The team was supported once again by Technical Director Pete Smith and race engineer Allan Mugglestone.

The Ginetta ran on both days with Robertson scoring its fastest lap on Day 2, a 1:58.6, all drivers observing that there is much, much more to come!