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Manor Confirms Second Ginetta LMP1

CEFS TRSM Racing confirms second Ginetta G60-LT-P1 for WEC, 24H Le Mans…

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Manor will run a second Ginetta G60-LT-P1 under its CEFC TRSM Racing banner with the first drivers announced in both cars.

The confirmation of the team’s second car came at the ACO’s press conference on Friday in which the entry lists for the FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans were released.

Manor has had one Ginetta LMP1 car confirmed for several months with plans to run a second car.

Oliver Rowland will drive the first car while Ginetta development driver Charlie Robertson is the first driver announced in the second entry.

Ginetta has two LMP1 entries in the ten-strong class, despite initial targets to have a total of six entries on the grid for the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’.

Manor has shelved plans to continue its LMP2 program in addition to its step up to the top class, meanwhile.

“I’m delighted [to] confirm that CEFC TRSM Racing will be running a two-car effort in the FIA WEC and Le Mans 24 Hours,” said Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson.

“Our LMP1 project has brought together some of the brightest stars in motorsport design and engineering, and the next chapter will see CEFC TRSM Racing announcing driving talent of equally high measure.

“Personally, I am delighted to see Charlie Robertson’s name on the entry list.

“We have taken him from a 14-year-old experiencing his very first car race in the Ginetta Junior Championship, all the way to the pinnacle of international motorsport, and that’s something we strive to do for every one of our drivers.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Matt

    February 9, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Let’s just hope P1 doesn’t become Toyota and Friends: The Series

  2. daedalus

    February 9, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    don’t worry there are plenty for GTE 488s to take them out lol

  3. Andy Flynn's ghost

    February 9, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Hmmm, estimated and everyone celebrated 6 Ginettas. Now we’ve gone from 1 to 2, yup the class is flourishing and everyone wants in.

    LMP2 is winning LM this year, no doubt at all here. Toyota can’t not hurt themselves and the P1s will break down

    • Tyler Sanders

      February 9, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Lol you believe LMP2 is winning LM’s this year.

      • Larry

        February 9, 2018 at 5:31 pm

        Tyler, did you pay attention last year? Had one of the Porsches not gotten repaired and able to come back, a P2 would have won and the winning P2 car DID finish ahead of the best finishing Toyota, so yeah, it could easily happen.

        • FormulaFox

          February 9, 2018 at 6:46 pm

          Expecting a P2 win requires the assumption that EVERY LMP1 is either going to fail or be as slow as ByKolles in their WORST years. Regardless of whether there’s any parity between Toyota and the privateers, I find it hard to believe that the new privateer P1s will all(or even mostly) be slower than the LMP2s. That leaves reliability. There are four LMP1 chassis entered this year – Toyota and their bad luck, ByKolles and their questionable competence, plus two unprovens from Ginetta and BR. The BR chassis, however, has been developed by Dallara who know how to make a robust racecar to begin with and will be applying lessons learned from the Cadillac DPi development to maximize the car’s strength – I suspect it’s only the engine that has any cause for concern there.

          Put simply, there is FAR more to LMP1 this season than there was last year. Far more that can go wrong, far more that can go RIGHT. It’s rather short-sighted to expect ANYTHING right now.

  4. Antonio Desmond Miles

    February 9, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Don’t count out ByKolles just yet! They’ve parted with AER and have the GTR LM-NISMO LMP1 engine which has proven to be reliable @ Le Mans 2015. The only reason why Nissan DNF is that they horribly shot themselves in the foot and bit off more than they could chew. The ByKolles NISMO even briefly jumped one of the Toyotas on the 1st lap of Le Mans last year. If they hadn’t ran wide @ Tetre Rouge and damaged the front of their car, who knows what might of happened. But they need more horsepower out of that engine to keep up with the new-gen LMP1 rivals let alone the Toyotas.

  5. Slicks in the wet

    February 10, 2018 at 5:27 am

    “CEFC TRSM Racing”

    Did they let a cat walk across a keyboard to come up with that?

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