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Both Ginetta LMP1s to Miss 6H Silverstone

Ginetta confirms both its LMP1 cars will miss 6H Silverstone later this month…

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Ginetta has confirmed that its pair of LMP1 entries will skip the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship round at Silverstone.

The British manufacturer stated that TRSM Racing will not contest its home race “due to circumstances outside [its] control” relating to a change of engine from Mechachrome’s 3.4-liter V6 to the AER P60B twin-turbo V6.

It’s understood Ginetta failed to request the engine change within the permitted time period for re-homologation, with the FIA prohibiting any changes within a 30-day window prior to each event.

The withdrawals lowers the number of LMP1 entries for Silverstone to eight, according to the official entry list released Friday.

“Ginetta is hugely disappointed by this outcome, as the manufacturer had ensured everything was in place to deliver a competitive car ready for the manufacturer and team’s ‘home’ race,” a team statement read.

“This included a change of engine in order to provide the additional power that was missing on the G60-LT-P1’s competitive debut at Le Mans.

“A new manufacturer had been sourced, with the Ginetta technical team electing to switch to an AER P60B twin-turbo V6 engine when existing engine supplier, Mecachrome, confirmed they could not make the necessary changes.

“Sadly, despite Ginetta’s best efforts, it now appears that the cars will not race.”

The team missed the season-opening Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in May due to funding-related issues with Manor’s Chinese sponsorship, which had put the entire program in jeopardy.

While debuting at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the cars struggled with pace and reliability issues, with the No. 5 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mecachrome of Charlie Robertson, Michael Simpson and Leo Roussel finishing 41st overall after multiple setbacks. 

Manor sporting director Graeme Lowdon told Sportscar365 at Le Mans that its funding issues were behind them, although questions have still surrounded whether the team would complete the remainder of the season.

John Dagys contributed to this report

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Dave

    August 3, 2018 at 7:06 am

    For these guys to miss their home race tells you just how OVER P1 is in its current iteration. These manufacturers really put forth an effort to bail out the WEC, but in the end it’s all about making a show for Toyota’s super season. Good money after bad and the writing was on the wall from the first race. If I were Ginetta, I’d see if Toyota wanted to pay me for a prize fight (that is what these are now, step in to the ring and get bloodied by the CHAMP). Otherwise there is actual money to be made building G40s and G55s.

    • N8

      August 3, 2018 at 9:59 am

      I couldn’t agree more. The “hypercar” announcement was a kick straight to balls for the P1 teams that made the Super Season viable. I’d be hesitant to waste the time engineering a new power unit installation for this car. IF it makes it to Fuji, it will then have a 17 month life to come good before hypercar rules take over.

      • AudiTT

        August 6, 2018 at 3:35 pm

        What has any of that got to do with Ginetta missing Silverstone?

        They’re missing because they’ve changed engine supplier. A supplier that will gain them 2-3 seconds per lap + any additional pace from the generous performance breaks.

        The AER engine is already installed. The cars will also have 2 further years to compete after this season. All of the technology developed for this P1 will transition over to GTP.

  2. Andy

    August 3, 2018 at 7:21 am

    I think the guys buying the G40s and G55s are funding this program and it is definitely over for everyone but Rebellion in LMP1. At this point the rest need to turn the car down to survivable engine pace and just hope for Rebellion and Toyota failures.

    • Tyler Sanders

      August 3, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Why would SMP do that. At spa and Lemans SMP had just as much pace as the Rebellions.

      • Andy Flinn

        August 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm

        …because Toyota won Spa by two laps and beat all of the other LMP1s at Le Mans by 12 laps.

  3. NASCAR/DPs Suck

    August 3, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Sad joke of a class, the Manor Ginetta program has been crap from the beginning.

    • Info Cat

      August 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Which is worse, NASCAR or DPs?

  4. Andy

    August 3, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Nice, was deleted because I pointed out they completed mis-reported the story. The rules say they can not race without reporting to the FIA a change in engine more than 30 days prior to the race event the new engine will be run in. It’s the rules not money stopping them now

  5. KW

    August 3, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    They want to make us believe that only the rules are preventing them from participating. But why did they change the engines? I don’t believe this is performance-based; it is more likely that Mecachrome has finally pulled the plug on a program in which they were hoping for additional customers (see respective news on Endurance-Info.com), which they definitely won’t get with the new 2021 regs. Instead, it will be more useful for Mecachrome to find a partner for the upcoming new regs.
    After Mecachrome’s withdrawal, it was not possible for the team to get the new chassis/engine combination running and tested in time; so the clause in the regs that a new engine partner has to be announced 30 days before the next race came very welcome to do a “legal” withdrawal from Silverstone.
    Their Chinese partners will insist to do the China WEC round, but wait for them to disappear after that race…

    • Andy

      August 3, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Yes because taking your engines back from a team that has now paid all its bills is a smart move. The funding has been fully paid so I’m thinking that’s someone with an axe to grind. And it’s not like AER is hurting for engine sales so why would they take on a team who lost their engines for non or late payment? That excuse just doesn’t hold up to through scrutiny. It’s a small world building engines and not paying your bills would get out quickly

  6. JaymondoGB

    August 3, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Has signs of Nissan all over it, will never see these cars again.

  7. Antonio Desmond Miles

    August 3, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I don’t know this seems like a bad choice for an engine supplier that doesn’t have the best track record of being reliable. Yes the AER engine has great pace but lasting the distance? Not all the time. The drivers of both Ginetta LMP1’s gave high marks for it’s cornering speeds in the Porsche Curves so it’s not a bad at all. Choosing the improved Judd LMP1 engine would’ve been a safer selection IMO. May be heavier but it’s a less stressed engine by it being NA. And it’ll sound better!!

  8. Info Cat

    August 10, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    If I were Ginetta, I’d use this car as an LMP2, if only there weren’t engine restrictions, the Mecachrome engine would be just fine.

  9. Info Cat

    August 11, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    The BoP “not applying” in lmp2 is a straight-up JOKE! They all have the same engine and were more entertaining than Bourdais vs Makowiecki. Next time this happens in lmp1, I’m watching lmp2 instead.

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