The Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 car cemented its pre-season success in ELMS today, with all confirmed LMP3 entries for the 2015 season being built by the Yorkshire marque.
The seven Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 entries confirmed during the ACO press conference in Paris, France earlier today (5 March 2015) began with two Team LNT announcements, starting with the No.3 of Sir Chris Hoy, the British World and Olympic cycling champion, who revealed his participation in December of last year and will partner 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup Champion Charlie Robertson. Team LNT will also run the No.2 car for Factory Driver Michael Simpson, whose teammate will be confirmed at a later date.
Italian team Cetilar Villorba Corse will enter the No.5 for driver Giorgio Sernagiotto whilst the No.15 car will be entered by Spanish outfit SVK by Speed Factory, driven by Latvian Konstantin Calko. From the UK, three further cars will be on the grid representing the University of Bolton (No.7, Rob Garofall), Lanan Racing (No.11, Alex Craven) and Rollcentre Racing (No.18, Martin Short).
Lawrence Tomlinson, Chairman at Ginetta Cars said; “The European Le Mans Series LMP3 driver announcements made fantastic reading for Ginetta-Nissan LMP3. The early commitment from teams is testament to the great work from the ACO and bright future of the series. We are now very much looking forward to the first round.”
In the ACO’s official press release - sent earlier today - Gérard Neveu, CEO of the European Le Mans Series, said:“The European Le Mans Series continues to attract some of the best teams and drivers from around the world. The combination of 4 hour races on five of the premier European race circuits, with an event format that appeals to drivers, teams, sponsors and fans, has meant that the ELMS continues to grow year on year. The new LMP3 class has added a new dimension to the 2015 grid and we are confident that LMP3 will prove to be an important step on the endurance racing ladder. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a great season for the European Le Mans Series.”
The 2015 European Le Mans Series will begin with the official test at Paul Ricard on 23 and 24 March. The first race of the season, “The ELMS 4 Hours of Silverstone” will be held at the Silverstone circuit in Great Britain on 11th April as part of the first major European endurance racing festival weekends and alongside the WEC's 6 Hours of Silverstone.