Team LNT stormed to victory in their Ginetta Prototype at Paul Ricard last weekend (29/30 August) after Tomlinson/Simpson made their return to the V de V Endurance Championship.
Qualifying on pole position by 1.5 seconds over the Visiom GT3 Ferrari and two seconds clear of the Montermini AF Corse GT3 Ferrari was a bitter blow to the V dev V competitors as the race had all the marks of a Team LNT white wash from the moment the lights went out.
In what was a dominant display, Simpson and Tomlinson controlled the race from the sharp end. Only dropping out of the leading pack during their pit stop phases, the team were unstoppable and took a dominant win on the cars debut.
Tomlinson, who battled with broken ribs during the four hour endurance encounter, has been the driving force behind the Ginetta Protoype development, and was eager to obtain as much data as possible before Team LNT contested the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) round at the same venue a week later.
Tomlinson said;“It’s fantastic to be back on the top step of the podium with Mike [Simpson]. The race was as much about obtaining crucial data in preparation for our race at Paul Ricard next weekend, as it was an exercise to market the Ginetta Protoype to an international audience, all whilst having fun in a brilliantly run and friendly series.”
Simpson added;“It’s great to mark our return to the V de V championship with a win. This success is not just for myself and Lawrence but the team back in Leeds who have worked incredibly hard to make the Ginetta Prototype a success. Now it’s all about getting my head down once again and hoping we can have a repeat performance in this weekend’s European Le Mans Series at the same circuit.”
The Ginetta Prototype became eligible for V de V competition in May of this year, and Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson and Official Driver Mike Simpson had both been keen to showcase the new car outside of the European Le Mans Series in which it has made its name in LMP3 trim.
In its LMP3 guise it is still the only car to have turned a wheel in competition, and Team LNT are currently class leaders in both the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) Teams and Drivers Championships.