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Manor Ends LMP1 Involvement; Ginetta “Happy to Support” TRSM

Ginetta happy to support TRSM with Manor ending involvement with LMP1 program…

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Manor has confirmed that it is no longer involved in the CEFC TRSM Racing LMP1 program while Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson says the manufacturer is “happy to support” the entrant. 

A single Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER will compete in the Six Hours of Fuji next month after the CEFC TRSM outfit started the 2018-19 season with a pair of cars.

Manor, which runs TRSM’s entry, has ended its involvement with the operation, according to team principal John Booth.

“Manor provided equipment, expertise and experienced people into the LMP1 project, managing the team and trackside operations starting from the car build through to after Le Mans but for commercial reasons we are not involved now,” stated Booth after Sportscar365 approached for comment.

While Tomlinson wouldn’t confirm that Ginetta has taken over running the TRSM entry, he said that it would be willing to support the entrant going forward.

“We’re a manufacturer and we’re happy to support TRSM,” he said.

“TRSM have the license to run two cars in WEC. They’re the people with the entry. We are very supportive of them and have been very supportive of them in the past.

“We’ve subsidized the program and we hope that they’re going to race the cars.”

Oliver Rowland, Alex Brundle and Mike Simpson will share driving duties in Japan for the program’s first appearance since the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Both Ginettas missed the last FIA World Endurance Championship round at Silverstone after the manufacturer requested an engine switch from Mecachrome to AER.

It later emerged that the entrant, CEFC TRSM Racing, did not inform the FIA selection committee of the change in advance of a 30-day deadline set before the event.

WEC entrant TRSM China Motorsport Ltd. is a different company to Manor – which trades as Manor Endurance Racing – although Graeme Lowdon is a director of both.

Tomlinson added that TRSM “has a responsibility” to field the cars and that he hopes both Ginettas can race together again “at the soonest possibility”.

“The cars are ready to go,” he said. “We actually have three cars. If there was another team that wanted a car for the 2019-20 season, [it’s] available.

“From my point of view, we’ve always looked at it as a long-term proposition, and that’s why we’ve invested in it.

“It would be great if TRSM come good. We hope they do. It would be a very positive thing for us. We’re also looking to the future.”

Ginetta Impressed by AER Performance

Tomlinson believes the G60-LT-P1 package will be a more competitive proposition at Fuji, following Ginetta’s engine supplier switch.

The manufacturer first ran the twin-turbo V6 AER unit in its Yorkshire factory last month and has since undergone testing at a UK airfield and Silverstone.

Tomlinson has hailed the AER engine as “so much better” than the Mecachrome V6 based on those runs and expects the No. 6 Ginetta to be involved in on-track battles when it returns to action.

“We want to see where [it is] relative to the Toyota and the Rebellion,” he said.

“We ran it around Silverstone to do a systems check. It was brilliant. The car’s absolutely amazing, just nailed to the floor and the systems were great on the AER.

“We’ve seen a huge power increase with the AER engine and we believe the chassis has always been competitive if you looked at it through the data at Le Mans. It was just down on power.

“As a manufacturer, we’re really excited for a team or teams to come and run the car and do their job We’ve got a super competitive car and a nice package with the AER. We’ve done all we can do.”

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.

20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Andy

    September 14, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Can Ginetta manage the team for the entrant if they also are the manufacturer? Thought it was supposed to be LMP with privateers for them?

    • AudiTT

      September 14, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Anyone can run in LMP1.

      Rebellion are effectively a factory Oreca team with Hayden managing the program and SMP factory Dallara.

      • Andy

        September 14, 2018 at 1:05 pm

        Umm, NO. They’re not being run by the factory with factory cash, neither one. Please actually know anything about reading, then comment

        • Tracklimits

          September 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm

          As long as they don`t use an Ginetta engine also they don`t have to use hybrid

  2. Prototype 1

    September 14, 2018 at 9:29 am

    What will happen to Manor?

    Possibility that they could go back to LMP2?

  3. gimmeabreak

    September 14, 2018 at 9:31 am

    I guess Manor finally tired of the lies told to the P1 privateers by WEC.

    • JJ

      September 14, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Manor where one of the problems.

      • Andy

        September 14, 2018 at 1:07 pm

        Nope, Manor was the team management on site. The cash was the problem and the “entrant” kept not ponying up the cash required so Ginetta held the cars. Now Manor isn’t getting paid, Ginetta had been subsidizing the team and Manor wants out

        • Tracklimits

          September 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm

          True, but also Manor didn`t want to change the engine from Mechacrome to AER at first so thats why they missed Silverstone. They more or less fired for not acting as told by Ginetta.

  4. Joel

    September 14, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Is it simply a case of money that prevents these being proper Works Cars? I would have thought that Ginetta would have more than enough money to support a two car effort.

    • edward

      September 14, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Yes,but their business model was designed around the customer side of racing.

  5. Antonio Desmond Miles

    September 14, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Anyone else think that the engine switch wasn’t a good choice? AER has no problems making great power but the reliability side of the coin needs improvement. The AIM Judd V10 engine IMO would’ve been safer choice.

  6. Yetimania

    September 14, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    The followed good advice on twitter… B)
    Now let´s shut mouthes and deliver on track. Can´t wait to see them killing all privateers the chassis is awesome, and they deserve some costumers for next year. Jackie Chang should be buying two Ginetas and go for the victory at LeMans.
    Aer will work day and night to solve reliability (turbo) while keeping development in search of more performance.
    Speed sells cars, and Gineta wants to make busines, ACO should BoP LMP1 if they want the current model to survive past 2018. Mark my words

    • Clever girl

      September 15, 2018 at 11:32 am

      MORE costumers???!??

      The car is already wearing a costume as an “LMP1.”

      Maybe more customers would help.

      But, do we even care if THIS LMP1 class survives??

      I say let it die. WEC is so far from interesting right now.

      • Antonio Desmond Miles

        September 15, 2018 at 7:25 pm

        Believe me, the last thing I want is for LMP1 to die but it looks like that’s where it’s heading unfortunately. I’m not sure if you were around for the ALMS days but I got hooked in 2005. The organizers for WEC need to take serious notes from those races. Let’s see how the new “Hypercar GTP” regs pan out by 2020. I’m looking forward to that!! Who wouldn’t love to see Bugatti return to Le Mans in our lifetime or Lamborghini get an overall win @ Le Mans!!
        Though I wish a Lambo would’ve gotten a GT class win!!

  7. Juninho

    September 16, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    FIA World Endurance Championship in 2018-19

    GTE-Pro (green)

    #81/82 Bmw Team Mtek
    #63/64 Chevrolet Shanghai GM
    #66/67 Ford Chip Canassi Team (UK)
    #91/92 Porsche GT Team

    WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2019

    GTLM (Green)

    #81/82 Bmw Team BLL
    #63/34 Corvette Racing (USA)
    #66/67 Ford Chip Canassi Racing (USA)
    #91/92 Porsche GT Team (USA)

  8. GeordieRacer

    September 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Respect to Tomlinson for trying to put a positive spin on this fiasco, but we’d respect him more if he put his hands up and admitted Ginetta have screwed-up their LMP1 programme.

    The G60-LM-P1 failed to compete in two of the first three WEC races, has no pace, no results (other than dead-last at Le Mans) and no customers (other than Manor).

    The only thing they got right was the driver line-up. That said, replacing Stoneman and now Turvey with Simpson is questionable. He drove the 5 car to the back of the field after a few laps at Le Mans and never matched the race pace of his team mates.

    Will we see a Ginetta LMP1 racing at Fuji? Not likely. Will we see competitive, privateer, Ginetta LMP1s on the 2019/20 WEC grid? Only if Tomlinson ups the stakes now and recruits a management team with proven technical, tactical and commercial expertise at LMP1 level.

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