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Magnussen sampled the Danish squad’s Michelin-shod Oreca 07 in the one-day analysis afterwards the the 8 Hours of Bahrain, ambience the 10th fastest time in the LMP2 class.
It was his aboriginal airing in a ancestor car aback he raced an Audi R8 for Team Goh at Le Mans 24 Hours in 2003.
Magnussen says he begin the LMP2 car to be “a lot added brutal” than the Corvette GT cars he’s acclimatized to from a 16-year-stint with the American brand.
“It was actually a acceptable experience,” Magnussen told Motorsport.com. “So aftermost time I collection a ancestor agnate to this was 2003, which was the Audi R8.
“But with all these years in GT cars you get actually adequate with feel, the little bumps in the track, you can booty a lot of kerbs afterwards animadversion yourself out in the car admitting these things are a lot added barbarous in agreement of aback you do article wrong, there is a big penalty.
“But I actually enjoyed this experience. I had 30 laps today which is actually good. But there are few things I would accept admired to try – able quali run and actuality like that. But I did get to feel the car with altered setups and aggravating to get the car clothing me a little better.
“I was actually afraid to change the car because I’m actually abiding I’m not operating it correctly. So in my aftermost run I did a continued run at the end. I was actual blessed with that and how the car felt, the abasement of the tyre and the lighter ammunition amount as the run went on was acceptable experience.”
Magnussen has consistently maintained that the analysis is a forerunner to a abeyant Le Mans airing with Aerial Chic Antagonism in 2020.
It hinges on Aerial Chic accepting a additional access for the French ability classic, which Magnussen could allotment with two yet-to-be-determined Danish drivers.
But the 46-year-old is already attractive above Le Mans and has set his architect on entering the abounding 2020/21 WEC season, although not all-important with Aerial Chic Racing.
He is in chase of a full-season all-embracing accord afterwards actuality alone by Corvette from its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship programme in October.
“At the moment all I accept is touring cars in Denmark, which is a appealing acceptable programme,” he said.
“I’m actually attractive advanced to that and again I’m alive on altered one-off races, still attractive at continued contest in both the US, Le Mans obviously.
“It’s important to get aback to Le Mans and this is the best advantage I believe. And again I’m alive on advancing aback to the WEC full-time from abutting season.”
Magnussen said that administration a Le Mans access with his son Kevin charcoal “very, actual aerial up on the wishlist”, but disqualified out the two antagonism calm in 2020 due to a affray with Formula 1’s Canadian Grand Prix.
“Unfortunately not,” Magnussen Sr said aback asked if Kevin could accompany him at Le Mans abutting year.
“Obviously I accept a dream that I allotment with Kevin that one day we’ll do Le Mans calm in the aforementioned car. Unfortunately that cannot appear abutting year because there’s a affray with Canada I believe. So that’s unfortunate.
“But maybe in the approaching if I can body article acceptable with the ancestor here, bodies accumulate agreeable me aback [then] absolutely. It’s still very, actual aerial up on the wishlist.”
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