European Le Mans Series driver Charlie Robertson says he cannot wait to be back behind the wheel of his Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 racecar when the 2015 championship resumes next weekend, 16th/17th May, at one of the world’s most famous and historic venues – Imola in Italy.
Enjoying a stunning endurance racing debut at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit four weeks ago with team-mate Sir Chris Hoy, the Scottish duo having made history by winning the first ever LMP3 Class race, determination is high to try and remain at the head of the class championship standings.
“I’m really looking forward to Imola, it’s going to be fantastic racing at such a legendary circuit – that will be an experience in itself”, said Whyteleafe 18-year-old Charlie, “The car has been improved significantly since the first round of the ELMS at Silverstone and hopefully we can move a bit further up the overall order and closer to the LMP2 cars next weekend.
“For a brand new car straight out of the box, it’s amazing how well everything has run and I’ve been so impressed with the awesome job the guys at Ginetta have done. I’ve adapted quite quickly to this style of racing but there is so much more to come, we’re aiming for more progress at Imola.”
During the gap in the ELMS calendar since the opening round, Charlie and Sir Chris returned to action at Silverstone by linking-up with fellow Team LNT competitors Mike Simpson and Gaetan Paletou, plus Ginetta Cars Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson, for the Dunlop 24 Hour Race.
Marking, by far, the toughest challenge of Charlie’s career to date, the Investigo and Curo-backed driver delivered an excellent performance and despite a series of dramas the team had to overcome, it did so impressively to secure a deserved class podium.
“The 24 hour race was brilliant, the experience was something completely new and it was great to get some more mileage in the Ginetta-Nissan”, said Charlie, “After that, going back to the four hour format doesn’t seem so much in comparison! Imola will be a big challenge, though, and we know we have to keep pushing hard. Sir Chris and I are both really looking forward to being back out there.”
The No.3 Team LNT entered Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 car shared by BRDC SuperStar Charlie and Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy is powered by a 5.0-litre Nissan V8 engine which delivers 420bhp. All of the cars in the LMP3 class in the European Le Mans Series run on Michelin tyres.
Charlie’s first experience of the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit at Imola will come during two free practice sessions next Saturday, 16th May. Qualifying will follow at 10.30 (local time) on Sunday, 17th May, with the 4 Hours of Imola beginning at 14.00 (local time).
Live coverage of the race will be screened in the UK on Motors TV. For a look back at the action and press conference interviews from round one of the ELMS season, visit www.dailymotion.com/ELMS
2015 European Le Mans Series LMP3 Driver Standings (after Rd1): 1st Charlie Robertson/Chris Hoy, 25pts