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Kubica to Test Manor Ginetta LMP1

Robert Kubica set to test Manor Ginetta LMP1 car this week ahead of possible 2018/19 season drive…

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Robert Kubica could be the latest Formula 1 star to join the LMP1 ranks, with the Pole set to test with Manor this week at Motorland Aragon, as part of a week-long test involving multiple FIA World Endurance Championship teams.

The Williams F1 reserve driver is slated to turn laps in CEFC TRSM Racing’s Ginetta G60-LT-P1 Mecachrome, in what will mark his first experience in the British-built prototype.

It’s understood the test has been scheduled with an eye towards a full-season drive in one of the team’s entries for the 2018/19 season.

So far, Oliver Rowland and former European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion Charlie Robertson are the only confirmed drivers for Manor’s two-car effort, which was confirmed earlier this month.

Kubica had signed with ByKolles for the WEC season last year although backed out of the deal at the last moment, despite testing its ENSO CLM P1/01 NISMO.

Should a deal materialize, it would mark his full-time sports car racing debut, following one-off appearances in Creventic 24H Series events. 

Pre-Season Testing Heats Up

ByKolles, coincidently, is also testing at Motorland Aragon this week, along with SMP Racing’s new BR Engineering BR1 AER, Racing Team Nederland and Aston Martin Racing.

According to a trackside source, the Ginetta completed less than 15 laps on Tuesday morning, with an unofficial best time that was four seconds slower than the pace-setting BR1, which clocked a 1:17.580 lap.

Racing Team Nederland’s Dallara P217 Gibson, meanwhile, was within one-tenth of the Ginetta’s best lap time.

Ling Kang and Gustav Malja have joined the recently confirmed Oliver Webb behind the wheel of the updated ByKolles entry, which completed more than 75 laps on Tuesday morning.

Tom Dilmann handled driving duties of the CLM NISMO on Monday.

Toyota Gazoo Racing, meanwhile, has continued its pre-season testing program at Portimao this week, which has seen Fernando Alonso gain additional seat time in the Japanese manufacturer’s updated Toyota TS050 Hybrid.

Laurent Mercier contributed to this report

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Tyler Sanders

    February 20, 2018 at 11:44 am

    One thing to note is the 1:17.580 that the BR1 ran was the car in its low downforce kit.

  2. Mauricio

    February 20, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Monday ginetta did 1.19,2
    I dont know how many laps

  3. Fabri S

    February 21, 2018 at 4:52 am

    What really matters is the probable lap time of the Toyotas. If Dallara P217 can lap in 1’21’’5, one could expect TS050 lapping at least in 1’14’’, which means that non-hybrid lmp1 are far from being competitive against Toyota. Btw, which track configuration is being used? Because knowing the MotoGP times I was expecting slower lap times.

    • kpcart

      February 21, 2018 at 6:44 am

      Well the ginetta had a top speed of 340kph and the SMP 352kmph. Not much other info to gleen. Does anyone know how WEC is going to do the balance of performance in LMP1 that they said they will do with hybrid and non-hybrid? It looks like non hybrid will have higher top speed. Will be emberassing for Toyota/Alonso if they lose on balance of power after so my investment, but at the same time no one wants to see one car lapping 10 seconds faster than the others. Maybe Kubica will win the 24hrs

  4. Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

    February 21, 2018 at 9:02 am

    John I have been told that the non-hybrids are not subject to the strict homoligation standards that the hybrids have and therefore able to make changes from race to race…Is this accurate?

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