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What Next For Ginetta’s World Championship LMP1 Challenge? WEC Moves on to Night Race In Bahrain

11th December 2019 • Liam Clogger

11 December 2019, Sakhir, Bahrain. The Ginetta LMP1 programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship moves to its biggest challenge yet this weekend at the Sakhir Circuit, Bahrain with an eight-hour race into darkness the latest test for the pair of Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER cars being run in the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain is round four of the championship and comes after four-hour races at Silverstone and Shanghai, and a six-hour race at Fuji Speedway in Japan.

The race takes place on Saturday and will run into full darkness, albeit under the circuit floodlights, though these will be operating at around 50% of the brightness used for the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix.

Both Ginettas have shown real speed, and impressive reliability too in the season thus far, fastest through the speed traps at Fuji, followed by a front-row start for the #6 car last time out in China before both cars ran a strong one-two for the first hour. Ginetta factory driver Charlie Robertson also set the fastest lap time of the race in the early attack before a pair of penalties blunted the Ginetta edge.

The running into the cooler night air should suit the turbo V6 AER engines that have proven to be a real asset to the Ginetta campaign so far this season.

The Bahrain circuit though once again looks well suited to the Ginetta’s excellent blend of handling and raw top speed and with the WEC this season adopting a system of success handicapping in LMP1, the Ginettas, already front-runners, have a real chance to shine both in qualifying and the race. There’s an all-British driver line-up in the #5 car, Ben Hanley stays aboard, joined by Shanghai Ginetta debutant and Sebring LMP2 race winner Jordan King, with Charlie Robertson moving back over from the sister #6 car to complete the trio. 

The #6 Ginetta AER sees the season debut of double American Le Mans Series Champion and 2019 Trans-Am Series runner-up Chris Dyson, a driver with no little LMP1 experience, and who has already sampled the Ginetta in pre-season testing. Chris will be joined in the #6 by season-long drivers, 2003 Le Mans winner Guy Smith and Ginetta factory driver Mike Simpson.