The seven-time MotoGP world champion took half within the second of the 2 days of the official pre-season GTWCE check at Paul Ricard on Tuesday aboard the Audi R8 GT3 LMS Evo II he’ll race for WRT this yr within the Endurance and Dash Cup legs of the GTWCE.
Rossi accomplished a complete of 73 laps over the course of the day by which he shared the automobile with manufacturing facility Audi drivers Nico Muller and Frederic Vervisch, with whom he’ll race in his first full yr of four-wheel competitors following his retirement from MotoGP.
“It was day of testing and it was additionally the primary time we did exams all collectively so we may have a greater reference,” he stated.
“We’ve got labored lots on the automobile and the set-ups, and naturally, there are areas that we have to work on and enhance, however the feeling is sweet.
“The observe shouldn’t be new for me; nonetheless, I haven’t been driving right here for greater than 20 years, so I wanted to search out somewhat little bit of the best way, however in the long run, it was day.”
Rossi acquired inside 4 tenths of the automobile’s quickest time within the morning session on Tuesday.
He set a greatest time of 1m54.735s, which in contrast with Vervisch’s 1m54.331s.
The Italian was slower within the afternoon session when he accomplished fewer laps, his 1m55.271s evaluating with a 1m53.960s from Vervisch.
The laps from Vervisch, who will co-drive Rossi in each the enduros and sprints, put the Audi 22nd and 18th quickest respectively.
Valentino Rossi, Staff WRT, Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo
Picture by: WRT Staff
The quickest Audi time of the 4 periods over the 2 days was set by the very best of the French Sainteloc group’s R8s, which ended up quickest within the last interval with a 1m52.971s.
The fourth session was the one time within the check when a Mercedes didn’t prime the classification.
Fabian Schiller ended up quickest general in his Haupt Racing Staff Mercedes-AMG GT3 with a 1m52.533s posted on Tuesday morning.
That was almost 4 tenths up on the 1m52.709 with which fellow Merc manufacturing facility driver Raffaele Marciello led the best way on Monday for the Auto Sport Promotion squad.
A complete of 43 vehicles took half within the check at Ricard, throughout which the entry lists for the 2 legs of the GTWCE had been launched.
Fifty-two vehicles representing 9 producers are entered for the Endurance Cup, with 16 thus far listed within the Professional class.
There are 25 full-season entries unfold throughout six marques for the Dash Cup.
The general championship combining each legs of the GTWCE has 22 registrations.
The GTWCE season kicks off with Imola three-hour enduro on three April, whereas the primary of sprints made up of a pair of one-hour races takes place at Manufacturers Hatch on 1 Could.