Anthony Davidson had his first test of Toyota's TS030 hybrid Le Mans racer at Aragon this week.
The former Peugeot driver joined teammates Alexander Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi at the three day test, which concluded with an endurance simulation on Thursday. The test gave Toyota a chance to further evaluate its latest specification aerodynamic package, while it also focused on tire testing and practicing pit stops in race conditions.
"Aragon is representative of Le Mans in terms of track layout, asphalt characteristics and weather conditions. Therefore, we have been able to evaluate several options on our new bodywork and develop it with the 24 Hours in mind," explained Toyota Motorsport technical director Pascal Vasselon. "Adding to that, we continue our work on the assessment of Michelin's tire range to ensure we can cover all kinds of temperature and track conditions."
Vasselon added that the test did not pass without problems, as Toyota makes up for track time lost when its first test car was damaged beyond repair last month.
"The endurance test has not been as smooth as expected," he said. "We had a couple of issues, but we fixed them to achieve a reasonable mileage.
"Step by step, we are close to having a car capable to do a 24-hour race. After such a long time without being on track, I am pleased to see that both team and car have made a real step forward."
Toyota added that it had been able to use this week's test to finalize the specifications of its THS-R hybrid powertrain ahead of Le Mans.