Vilander posts fastest lap in class
Le Mans, France, (June 2, 2019) - WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.), Toni Vilander (Kankaanpää, Finland), and Rob Smith (Essex, UK) finished at the top of the time chart in today's 24 Hours of Le Mans official practice day.
The Scuderia Corsa prepared No. 62 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari did a total of 53 laps around the 8.46-mile (448-miles) Circuit de la Sarthe circuit today. The three drivers all cycled through the black and white Ferrari to get reacclimated to the long Le Mans circuit. Vilander, two time Le Mans winner, posted the fast lap of 3:56.862 that had the American team fastest in the LMGTAM class on the day.
"Very positive test at Le Mans today," MacNeil said. "The WeatherTech Ferrari was quick right off of the truck. A great effort by Michelotto, Ferrari and the Scuderia Corsa team for getting the car together in a short time. It was good enough to get us into P1 in class today. It is a good start to our Le Mans race weekend to be fastest in the test."
"Great day," Vilander said. "It is a great feeling to be back at Le Mans. It is a special race track. We have a new car and sometimes you worry that things won't go so well but that was not the case today. We wanted to put in a good lap time to confirm our preparation. We confirmed the WeatherTech Ferrari is good. We worked together to improve the car during the day. I am looking forward to coming back in a week to get ready for the race."
"It was an amazing day with WeatherTech Racing today, great to be back on the greatest circuit in the world," Smith said. "Our day started late as I flew in from the Paul Ricard Circuit in the south of France and Cooper and Toni flew in from the U.S. Toni did a super job to quickly set the Ferrari up and give us a great car balance for the day. I felt right at home in the new Ferrari 488 GTE and can't wait to go back to la Sarthe in one week to prepare for the main race."
The team will return to France in a week and continue the preparations for the 24 Hours of Le Mans that will run June 15-16.