CORE Autosport completed its first test ahead of the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season at Daytona International Speedway.
Coming off its third straight American Le Mans Series PC Championship, Core left its Oreca FLM-09 in the hands of Jon Bennett and Colin Braun to navigate it around the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona. Although the team has never put the car through its paces around the Daytona circuit, both drivers have previous experience at the track, both racing at the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“It was a good test session. We were adjusting to a track we’ve never been to in the PC car,” said Bennett. “There’s a lot of tradition and history here and it’s a joy to be on the banking at Daytona in a prototype. I’m much more at home in the PC car. We still have a bit of work to do, but it was a productive day. We look forward to coming back for Roar testing and continuing our development.”
After seven hours of testing, the Core Oreca managed to clock a best time of 1:43.650 seconds at an average speed of 123.647mph. The team will return to Daytona over January 3-5 for a second official test session, the Roar Before the 24, with the Rolex 24 at Daytona taking place over January 23-26.