14 Mar 2012

Hartley has Le Mans test

6:08 am on 14 March 2012

The New Zealand motor racing driver Brendon Hartley has had a test of a Le Mans car at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, driving a Nissan powered car.

Prior to the test, Hartley had no experience in prototype race cars, however a test was organized through a good friend of Hartley's.

In the short amount of time Hartley had in the car he showed very good pace and consistency.

Hartley says the car had more downforce than he expected and was not so different compared to the single seaters he's used to.

Hartley is still looking to finalise plans for the 2012 season to complement his current simulator and testing work for a Formula One team.

The 22-year old says while he sees Le Mans Prototype as a serious option, he's also working on options to compete in single seaters where he is well known for his speed and results.