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Team LNT Ginettas Star In FIA WEC Prologue

25th July 2019 •

Team LNT arrived in the FIA WEC paddock with plenty to prove, but after two days of running at a sweltering Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, the team head home to the UK with their Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AERs having proven they have the pace required to compete at the very highest level of international endurance racing.

After an intensive testing programme that has seen the factory development car run at Motorland Aragon, Spa-Francorchamps and Paul Ricard, this was the first opportunity for Team LNT to run both full-season Ginetta AERs and to measure their progress in race trim agains the teams, cars and drivers that will form the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship grid.

The test ended, after four track sessions of four hours with the whole LMP1 field closer than ever before. The #6 Ginetta AER, in the hands of Formula 2 star Luca Ghiotto posted a 1:29.697 to put Team LNT fourth-fastest overall in the test, with much more to come from the car.

The sister #5 car, meanwhile, posted a best time of 1:30.329 in the hands of Ginetta Factory Driver Charlie Robertson.

Almost 1,200km was covered across the pair of Ginetta AERs, with invaluable data gathered and a mass of expert feedback, too, from the array of talent assembled for the test by Team LNT.

A total of eight drivers cycled through both cars, with Ghiotto and Robertson joined by Ginetta’s Mike Simpson, 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Guy Smith, ex-Peugeot and Toyota LMP1 factory driver Stephane Sarrazin, WEC overall race winner Mathias Beche, Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 class winner Stephane Richelmi and young Russian Egor Orudzhev – the only driver to outqualify a Toyota Hybrid driver in a non-hybrid LMP1.

Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson said: “I’m delighted with the test, and that we have been able to publicly display what we have known very clearly all along: that the car is capable of competing with and beating the very best in the business.

“Now we need to go back to base, look at what we have learned and plan for Silverstone. “We’ll make our plans clear in due course as regards both the driving squads, and what to expect from this effort for the season. Expect some surprises, and expect too that this will not be presented to the public as any other LMP1 team has previously – we intend to reward the fans’ passion.”

“I’d like to personally thank Sam and Stuart Cox and their excellent Algarve Pro Racing team for supporting Team LNT at the Prologue - assisting the transition to a two-car LMP1 effort for the first time.”