Less than 36 hours after the 2022 IMSA WTSC season finale at Petit Le Mans, three days of dedicated LMDh testing were organized by IMSA on the Road Atlanta track.
Among the four prototypes which rolled at the beginning of last week, the Acura ARX-06 LMDh that Wayne Taylor Racing will enter next season. Freshly announced by the American team to compete in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in the GTP category in 2023, Louis Delétraz was able to take the wheel of his future car.
“My first laps in the Acura ARX-06 were very interesting,” told us the winner of Petit Le Mans 2022, in LMP2. “I will say that I did 25 laps and the aim was mainly to test the position of the pilot, the seats etc. »
The 25-year-old Swiss, who notably drove the Rebellion R13 LMP1 at the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans and who has been racing in LMP2 for two seasons, is delighted with these first laps: “First of all, I had a lot of fun in a car that I feel is well born. With the extra weight compared to the LMP1/LMP2 I was wondering but I confirm, it’s still the feeling of prototypes! Lots of downforce, horsepower and the hybrid that brings torque. The on-board technology is truly amazing. I think the races between these cars are going to be very interesting because they have more mechanical grip than before. »
And to conclude: “This phase of development is super interesting. The car is evolving day by day and the work of Wayne Taylor Racing, Acura and HPD never stops. »
Back from the United States, Louis Delétraz will try to win his second crown in the European Le Mans Series this weekend, with Prema, at the 4 Hours of Portimão.