The YART Yamaha trio of Baz, Niccolò Canepa and Marvin Fritz head into the Bol d'Or weekend with confidence high, having topped the timesheet at Circuit Paul Ricard during pre-season testing earlier this month. It was former Endurance World Champion Canepa who secured the top spot with the fastest time of the test, just a tenth of a second outside the outright lap record, while his two teammates were just a few tenths adrift of the Italian's time, marking out a strong YART Yamaha squad as one of the favourites for victory this weekend.
While Baz and Canepa are both previous winners at the Bol d'Or - the Frenchman was victorious in 2013 and the Italian was part of the winning Yamaha squad in 2017 - it is the one European EWC race that YART Yamaha have yet to win. They came close last season, finishing second and missing out on the top step of the podium by just 54 seconds after 24 hours of racing, but they head back this year determined to complete the full set with victory in the 83rd edition of the Bol d'Or this weekend.
The action at Circuit Paul Ricard kicks off on Thursday 19th September with Free Practice and the first qualifying sessions. Final qualifying takes place the following day, with the race getting underway with the traditional Le Mans style start at 15.00 CEST on Saturday 21st September.