Ginetta set for WEC P1 return

Ginetta set for WEC P1 return

Le Mans/WEC

Ginetta set for WEC P1 return

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Ginetta’s G60-LT-P1s are set to return to racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship season. The British manufacturer’s chairman, Lawrence Tomlinson, has confirmed to RACER that a pair of G60-LT-P1s have been entered into the championship’s LMP1 class for the 2019-20 season.

“Today, we are announcing that we have submitted two entries,” Tomlinson told RACER. “We are still talking to a number of potential partners in this program — there will be further announcements in the coming weeks. But to be clear, Ginetta intend to race in the 2019/20 FIA WEC season.”

Currently, a single G60-LT-P1 is out testing at Spa-Francorchamps with members of Ginetta’s in-house team running the car for factory driver Charlie Robertson and guest drivers James Jakes, Anders Fjordbach and Andrea Pizzitola.

“The first day was wet — the car showed very encouraging pace in those conditions,” Tomlinson continued. “As I speak we have a couple of guest drivers in for some performance runs. We are very confident that this package will be highly competitive.

“While we are disappointed not to be at Le Mans this year, it does present an opportunity to free up capacity for more development and testing ahead of next season. We have learned a lot from recent tests, and the in-house design team will be working hard to deliver on the additional performance potential that those lessons present.”

A pair of Ginetta G60-LT-P1s entered into the 2018/19 FIA WEC ‘Super Season’ but have not raced since Le Mans last year, where they appeared under the CEFC TRSM banner. Funding issues prevented the team from continuing the program. Since then Ginetta has been testing, and has switched from Mecachrome to AER power.

Ginetta did attempt to enter cars in the FIA WEC races at Spa and Le Mans this year, but the entries were not accepted due to legacy financial issues with the previous entrant.

“We have moved on, as has the car,” concluded Tomlinson. “2019/20 will see us showing the potential of the Ginetta LMP1 at the highest possible level.”

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