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Ginetta On The Podium In Japan With Ginetta LMP3

6th December 2016 • Ginetta Cars

ARC Bratislava scored the first Asian Le Mans Series podium finish for Ginetta’s LMP3 at Japan’ Fuji Speedway on Sunday after a weekend of track action that saw the Ginettas take the fight to the LMP3 opposition throughout and score a strong second place in an increasing high quality field.

After being pipped to class pole on Saturday, Ginetta factory driver and 2015 European Le Mans Series LMP3 Champion Charlie Robertson made amends at the start of the race in the PRT Racing LMP3, one of four Ginettas in the field. The young Scot made a fantastic start and emerged from the first corner not only leading the class but in third place overall, leapfrogging a pair of LMP2 cars in the process. He held the position, pulling away from the Ligiers before an early safety car period bunched up the field and allowed another LMP3 car to find a way past on the restart. Third place was subsequently regained when a blocking move from the then race leader resulted in a spin, allowing Robertson to take an outside line and resume the class lead until the first round of driver changes. With a second lengthy Safety Car period seeing a wide array of strategies employed it was a quiet middle part of the race for the Ginettas but both ARC Bratislava entries would emerge as real contenders with the #4 car of team owner Miro Konopka, Darren Burke and Ginetta factory man Mike Simpson climbing up the order both on pace, and as the Ligiers faltered. “I’m delighted with the result of course,” said Miro Konopka post-race. “I love the Ginetta, it is fast, has very good balance and is an easy car to learn to trust. I hope we will only get faster and stronger now.” Mike Simpson meanwhile had praise for the whole team performance: “The two early Safety Cars made it a trick race to call, and a messy one on track. The team though did us proud. The pit stops were faultless and the car really didn’t miss a beat. The result is as much theirs as the drivers. The signs are very good here that more and more performance is coming from the team. “With the final two races of the Asian Series in January (in Thailand and Malaysia) it’s going to be a busy New Year but the opportunity is now there to match or better this result and maybe bring home the first Ginetta LMP3 win in Asia?”