Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 10 views remaining

You have read 5 stories this month. After 15, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 25 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 15 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 25 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.


Glenn Freeman
AUTOSPORT.com Editor

autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
You are on the classic version of Autosport. Visit www.autosport.com to see our new site.

Aston Martin expects favourable BoP change for Le Mans 24 Hours

Aston Martin Le Mans 24 Hours test day 2018

Aston Martin is confident of a Le Mans 24 Hours rules adjustment in its favour after its new Vantage GTE proved five seconds off the pace in testing last weekend.

The British manufacturer believes that last Sunday's official test day for the 24 Hours on June 16-17 provided conclusive proof that the second-generation Vantage GTE needs a helping hand under the Balance of Performance in the World Endurance Championship's GTE Pro class.

It claimed that the speed trap figures from both Le Mans at the weekend and the opening round of the WEC at Spa last month proved that new car needed a revised BoP to boost its straightline speed.

Aston Martin Racing managing director John Gaw told Autosport: "The Automobile Club de l'Ouest and the FIA [which write the rules] know we are missing top speed, because it was the same as at Spa.

"They clearly wanted to see it again with the car in Le Mans configuration, so we are confident that there will be a change in time for the race."

The rule makers reserve the right to change the BoP for Le Mans, which operates outside of the automatic system for the six-hour WEC races introduced last year, ahead of and during the week of the race.

Aston Martin Le Mans 24 Hours test day 2018

The new Aston was 15km/h slower through the speed trap than the quickest of the GTE Pro contenders, the Ford GT, over the course of the test.

This figure is misleading because the Ford, which was 5km/h clear of its nearest rival, posted these speeds in the morning when it was running ultra low downforce.

Gaw said the new Aston's split times through the Porsche Curves proved its competitiveness elsewhere on the long Le Mans lap.

Aston driver Alex Lynn was fifth fastest in class through the Porsche Curves.

The best time for an Aston, Lynn's 3m57.488s, compared with 3m52.551s set by Porsche driver Patrick Pilet to top the test day classification in GTE Pro.

Porsche, which blocked out the top two times at the test, has expressed confidence that the organisers will not be fooled by a manufacturer trying to hide performance ahead of the race to obtain a favourable BoP.

Porsche's director of GT factory motorsport, Pascal Zurlinden, explained that all the cars with the exception of the Aston were known quantities.

"Our car and the Ford are well known, and so too is the Ferrari [488 GTE 'evo'] because it is only really an aerodynamic upgrade," he told Autosport.

"The BMW is new, but it has already done four races in the IMSA SportsCar Championship, so there is a lot of data available.

"There is no reason for us to worry."

Subs
 Earlier WEC story More news Next WEC story 
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
  FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON
FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON TWITTER
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed