Improved Mahindra Targeting Top Ten

Mahindra Racing are hoping to break into the top ten at Le Mans this weekend after a successful test at Estoril following the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Marcel Schrotter claimed the Indian marque's first points after finishing 13th at Jerez, but the team are yet to do so in dry conditions.

Danny Webb narrowly missed out at Estoril, finishing 16th, but carburetion and suspension modifications had produced a clear improvement in the pace of the GP 125.

The team tested out further modifications in the post-race test, working on adjustments and base settings with a new rear shock absorber. The team also searched for improved performance from the single-cylinder 125cc engine, testing a new water pump in the hope of improved cooling efficiency and reduced drag.

Webb felt after the previous race that the bike's long run pace was his downfall in the race, but feels the new developments will give him a better chance this weekend.

“Development's definitely heading in the right direction. We need to improve our grip levels for later in the race, and I think the new shock helps. The team's working well together, and from now on the season gets more intense.”

Meanwhile, Schrotter was 18th in Portugal and admitted he never felt comfortable on the GP 125, but also feels he can move forward on the improved machine.

“I struggled to get a good feeling with the bike at Estoril, though it was better for the race itself. The extra time and the new parts both helped me with that. I was able to work with the bike again, instead of fighting it. I'm looking forward to Le Mans more now.”

During the test, both riders went over a second faster than their fastest lap times in the Grand Prix at the same circuit, and it will be interesting to see where the Mahindra duo are when it comes to qualifying on Saturday.