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Dunlop Le Mans

HVM Status GP Gets On Track

The HVM Status GP team launches its 2013 testing programme today as a two-day session at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve gets underway ahead of the team’s campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The team’s LMP2 class Lola-Judd B12/80 Coupe will run an exclusive session on the 2.9-mile Portimao track, located in the Algarve, Portugal to evaluate a raft of updates for the WEC campaign, as the test marks the first on-track run for the collaboration between IndyCar team HVM Racing and UK-based Status GP since they formed their alliance at the end of last year.

The team will work on tyre compound evaluations, while technical partners Lola and Engine Developments will attend the test to oversee chassis and powertrain developments.
“It’s good to be finally getting underway with 2013,” said HVM Status GP co-team principal Keith Wiggins. “We are really excited to begin our on-track development, as well as developing and building on our current driver line-up.” 
HVM Status GP co-team principal David Kennedy added: “We have lots of developments to try out, so we have a full programme across the two days. There’s a raft of improvements we’ve been working on which will result in some significant steps forward.”

HVM Status GP have a second private test lined up in Spain in mid-March before attending the official WEC pre-season test at Paul Ricard on March 29-30.

“The competition is very strong in WEC and the challenge of a true World Championship is very exciting,” added Wiggins. “We believe the partnership with Status GP and the wealth of knowledge they have coupled with the resources that have been added to our combined team makes us a strong contender.”
Details on HVM Status GP’s driver line-up for the WEC will be announced in the near future.