Alonso gets first LMP2 outing pre-Daytona
22 November 2017 – Fernando Alonso hailed a "great" first test in LMP2 machinery ahead of his outing at the Daytona 24 Hours in January with United Autosports.
Alonso will link up with McLaren youngster and 2018 reserve driver Lando Norris, as well as Phil Hanson, for the endurance event for the team chaired by McLaren chief Zak Brown.
McLaren-Honda Formula 1 driver Alonso travelled straight from Bahrain, scene of his LMP1 test with Toyota, to MotorLand Aragón, to pilot United Autosport's Ligier JS P217.
United Autosport confirmed that Alonso worked through various set-up changes and downforce configurations, and completed runs on low fuel and high fuel.
Alonso completed 98 laps of the Aragón venue on Tuesday, totalling 483km, and will next drive the car during the ROAR before the 24 test in early January.
"I had a great first test with United Autosports," said Alonso.
"Obviously, we are on a really tight schedule between now and Daytona, but it was nice to jump in the car for the first time.
"There's quite a few switches and things to study so it was important to do this initial shakedown before Daytona, so I could fully learn about the car.
"I'm happy with everything – the car felt great and the team were fantastic.
"The atmosphere here is wonderful, like a big family, so today has been amazing. I cannot wait for Daytona."