The final entry list for the 6 Hours of Silverstone features just eight cars in the LMP1 class following the withdrawal of both CEFC TRSM Ginetta G60-LT-P1s.
The withdrawal, RACER understands, comes amid broader challenges for the program, and follow problems earlier this year when the team was unable to compete in the season-opening race at Spa due to commercial difficulties.
The team’s original intention was to run a single car at Silverstone, powered by an AER P60B twin-turbo V6 rather than a Mecachrome V6. That option was pursued by Ginetta in reaction to the performance levels of the Mecachrome relative the other engines in the class, and the engine supplier not responding to calls for a development program to reduce that deficit.However, the Endurance Committee was not advised of the engine change in time. Instead, RACER understands that Ginetta is now set to undertake a test and development program in-house to refine the car with the AER package.Ginetta is understood to have concluded, based on feedback from drivers and engineers, that its chassis is a capable platform that has been let down by the Mecachrome’s shortcomings.
“We are clearly very disappointed indeed that the car won’t be racing but the matter is entirely out of our control.”
Moves by Ginetta to finesse a possible one-off entry for Silverstone have also fallen foul of regulations, as the cut-off for non-full season runners passed over a month ago. With the Ginettas now off the entry list, the car count for Silverstone has dropped to 34.
Elsewhere in LMP1, there are two other key changes. Matevos Isaakyan is not listed in SMP Racing’s No. 17 BR1, meaning that as things stand the car will run with just Stephane Sarrazin and Egor Orduzhev.
And ByKolles’ driver line-up has also changed, and now consists of team regular Oliver Webb and IndyCar driver Rene Binder, who is due to test the team’s new high-downforce aero package next week at Spa in preparation for the team’s trip to Silverstone. Previously, Dominik Kraihamer was listed in the car, but the third seat is now a TBA. Tom Dillman, the third driver at Le Mans, was not due to take part in the race Silverstone.
Ex-GRAFF ELMS driver Enzo Guibbert is due to test for ByKolles at Spa, but there’s no sign yet of him in a race seat.
There are a few alterations in the LMP2 class, too.
As previously announced, former Toyota LMP1 man Anthony Davidson will make his LMP2 debut with DragonSpeed in place of Nathanael Berthon, and Nick de Vries, another LMP2 debutant, will race with Racing Team Nederland in Jan Lammers’ seat.
At Larbre, Yoshiharu Mori is listed in place of Thomas Dagoneau, who drove with the team’s Ligier JS P217 last time out at Le Mans.
Changes to the GTE ranks were announced yesterday, with Aston Martin Racing’s GTE Pro line-up being trimmed to two drivers per car and Jonny Adam joining TF Sport’s GTE Am crew as a result.