HALLIDAY HEADS TO EUROPE FOR FORMULA LE MANS SPORTS CAR TEST 23rd February 2009
New Zealand racing driver Matt Halliday is heading to Europe this week after accepting an invitation to test an all new sports car class called Formula Le Mans. The test will take place at the Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France which is a venue familiar to Halliday having previously tested A1GP, Formula GP2 and Formula Renault V6 single-seater cars there.
The test will take place under the eye of the Series organisers ahead of the debut season for the hi-tech pure bred class of racing sports cars. The Series will run in conjunction with the popular Le Mans Endurance Racing Championship and will feature identically built Oreca LMP2 cars to serve as a feeder series to the main Le Mans Championship.
The impressive looking cars feature aerodynamically designed carbon-kevlar construction and are powered by a purpose built 6200cc V8 engine producing 430 BHP via an Xtrac six speed sequential transmission.
Halliday was pleased to be considered worthy of carrying out initial testing duties:
"I'm excited to try a prototype style sports car for the first time and am sure from what I've seen and heard that the car will be fantastic. It is an interesting time as we close in on sorting our plans out for the coming northern hemisphere racing season" he explained from his base in California.
The testing is scheduled to be carried out over two days on 28th February and 1st March.