Published on May 29th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Alpine A450 Ready For Le Mans 24hrs Return
The Le Mans 24 Hours stands out as the most important individual event of 2014 for Signatech-Alpine. Alpine’s successful history in the French race, which it won outright in 1978, continues today with the Alpine A450b which will compete in the LM P2 prototype class.
The Alpine A450 has evolved since its debut in 2013 and will rise to this year’s Le Mans challenge with a new package featuring an aerodynamic kit and specific settings for the 13.620km circuit. One of the team’s principal tasks during the pre-race Test Day will effectively be to familiarise itself with this new kit and with the car’s Dunlop tyres.
“Motorsport has always run in Alpine’s blood,” notes Alpine Director Bernard Ollivier. “There was no way we could have envisaged the renaissance of such a glorious brand without running an ambitious motor racing programme in parallel. Signatech-Alpine made a real impact in 2013 after holding firm in the challenging moments. This year, our sights are set even higher. We enjoy tremendous support from the public and that provides us with an extra boost every time we race. For sure, that’s a huge advantage.”
The build up to the official pre-Le Mans Test Day saw Signatech-Alpine complete the Alpine A450b’s preparation at Alpine’s historic factory in Dieppe. “This symbolic occasion allowed us to decompress ahead of the big day,” commented Philippe Sinault.
Timetable Friday, May 30
9:00am – 6:00pm Scrutineering and documentation
Saturday, May 31
9:00am – 3:00pm Scrutineering and documentation
Sunday, June 1
9:00am – 1:00pm Le Mans 24 Hours Test Day – Session 1
2:00pm – 6:00pm Le Mans 24 Hours Test Day – Session 2