Ginetta can "surprise" in Silverstone WEC opener

Jamie Klein

The British marque’s LMP1 challenger hasn’t raced since the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours, the final outing for the TRSM Racing squad that was supposed to run a pair of Mecachrome-engined Ginettas for the entire 2018/19 season before hitting financial trouble.

After switching to AER power, Ginetta has entered two cars for the 2019/20 campaign with its works ‘Team LNT’ operation, setting times close to that of sole privateer LMP1 rival Rebellion Racing in last month’s Prologue test at Barcelona.

Last week, SMP Racing driver in the #5 car.

Orudzhev, whose Ginetta deal is understood to only be for the Silverstone race, said he feels the G60-LT-P1 has “massive potential” after sampling the car at Barcelona, and speaking to Motorsport.com he suggested beating Rebellion straight away was not impossible.

“Testing in Barcelona went really well, we had very good and promising pace,” said Orudzhev. “But we shouldn’t forget that the team is new and that Ginetta doesn’t have much experience in racing conditions.

“Rebellion, on the contrary, has been racing with its car for one-and-a-half years.

“On first impressions, the Ginetta is not so fast on one lap, but it is competitive over long distances. The car is stable and doesn’t have any problems with its tyres.

“More time is needed to understand the car better, so we will have to wait see how the Ginetta will behave in a race situation, but I think we can surprise some people."

#6 Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1- AER: Michael Simpson, Stephane Sarrazin, Guy Smith, Luca Ghiotto

#6 Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1- AER: Michael Simpson, Stephane Sarrazin, Guy Smith, Luca Ghiotto FIA WEC

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