Team LNT can today confirm plans to enter the Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 in this weekend’s Britcar 24 Hour race at Silverstone, with the all-star driver line-up of Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson, factory driver Mike Simpson, Sir Chris Hoy, Charlie Robertson, and Gaetan Paletou.
The team will return to the circuit which gave the Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 a historic class in in the opening round of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) with Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy and 18 year old Scottish Ginetta racing prodigy Charlie Robertson at the helm.
Tomlinson said;“After an incredible debut for the Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 car at Silverstone a fortnight ago which saw us make history in the European Le Mans Series, the Britcar 24 Hour is the next sensible step for the development of the car and Team LNT will be looking for another podium result.”
Charlie Robertson added;"I haven't seen the car since the ELMS weekend at Silverstone so I'm itching to get back out in it, especially as I've been told by the guys at Ginetta it's been improved dramatically since then - that's an exciting prospect!
"It's going to be fantastic taking part in my first 24 hour race, it's a whole different discipline again and all new to me. As well as the length of the race, driving in the dark is going to be something new. The race is all about stamina and concentration over a long period, so I've been training hard and keeping my fitness levels as high as possible. Hopefully everything will go to plan and it'll be good preparation for Imola too."
Joined by the drivers from the teams second entry Simpson and Paletou, as well as company boss Tomlinson, the factory outfit is aiming to add more silverware to its already expanding collection. Simpson added;“The Britcar 24 hour is a brilliant event and Team LNT are delighted to be attending with the Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 car. To run the car for 24 hours so early into its development is a journey into the unknown for us, but as always, we are hopeful for a strong result.”
No stranger to success in 24 Hour endurance competition, or indeed Britcar, Team LNT claimed class victory in the 2006 Le Mans 24h GT2 class as well as the Britcar 24 hour in that same year. Not only that, but Team LNT won the 2010 Britcar 24 Hour Class 4 honours in their Ginetta G40 – which Team LNT drove from their Leeds base to Silverstone, where they qualified, raced, won and drove home again.
The Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 broke cover for the first time earlier this month, and with just nine months from concept to race day nobody else in the motorsport industry could match the efforts of Ginetta’s design, build and sales teams and the whole five car class ELMS LMP3 entry was formed of cars built at Ginetta’s state of the art Garforth, Yorkshire factory.