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Landmark Performance for Ginetta in China

9th November 2019 • Sam Tomlinson

Ginetta LMP1 topped the timesheets over the course of Friday’s practice sessions for the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Shanghai International Circuit.

Charlie Robertson posted the fastest time of the day’s running, a 1:48.127 in the second of the day’s pair of 90-minute track sessions on the 5.4 km Shanghai International Circuit.

That time was enough to see off the challenge both of reigning World Champions, Toyota Gazoo Racing, with their all-conquering hybrid LMP1s and the long-established Rebellion Racing.

The two Ginettas had topped the times in the first session too, the cars 1-2 in the times in the closing half hour before rival team Rebellion Racing was pressured into responding, using a new set of tyres to better Ben Hanley’s best time in the #5 in the final minute of the running. The times set by the two AER-powered G60-LT-P1s were still significantly quicker than the two Toyotas.

Lawrence Tomlinson said, “This may only be free practice but make no mistake everybody is looking to find out what performance they have for qualifying tomorrow and for the race on Sunday. It’s always good in those circumstances to be at the right end of the timesheet and it’s of course very good indeed for a Ginetta to be at the top of a World Championship leaderboard for the very first time, this early in the programme.

“While the whole team have been buoyed up by the day they are under no illusions that there are tougher tasks to come over the weekend. They will go into qualifying on Saturday, and the four-hour race on Sunday now though knowing that the pace is there and that there are results to be had,” he concluded.

Home-grown Ginetta talent Charlie Robertson said, “I’m delighted with the pace we’ve shown all day. We were quick, but there is more to come tomorrow and on Sunday I’m sure. Everyone has been working very hard but the competition here have a lot of experience in the championship. They’ll be looking to and grab back some of our advantage tomorrow and Sunday. We’re going to focus our efforts to stay at least one step ahead of them!”