The FIA World Endurance Championship makes it final stop of the season for The 6 Hours of Bahrain on November 16 – 18 2017.
Round Nine of the Championship sees little change in the entry list from Shanghai. In the nine-car field in the LMP2 class there are two driver changes. In the #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 07 Léo Roussel and Loïc Duval replace Pierre Thiriet and Nico Müller.
In the LMGTE Am class the sole driver change is that of Michael Wainwright replacing Khaled Al Qhubasi in the #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR (991).
The previous round in Shanghai saw a victory for the #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 – Hybrid driven by Buemi, Davidson and Nakajima. The LMP2 category saw two podiums for Vaiilante Rebellion with the #31 ORECA 07 driven by Julien Canal, Nicolas Prost and Bruno Senna taking the victory and the sister #13 entry, piloted by Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson and Nelson Piquet Jr in the final podium position.
The #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut was second in the LMP2, driven by Nicolas Lapierre,Gustavo Menezes and Andre Negráo.
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Leeds-based Ginetta Cars has announced that it will unveil its new LMP1 entry for the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship at Autosport International in January.
Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson is excited at the opportunity to showcase the new car and to showcase the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club.
“I am delighted to be launching the Ginetta LMP1 car at Autosport International,” said Tomlinson. “The show represents the ideal environment to introduce our latest model to the media, industry and fans who are the lifeblood of British motorsport. Not only that, but we’ll be using the show to demonstrate the Ginetta motorsport ladder in action, with our Ginetta Racing Drivers Club putting on a show in the Live Action arena.”
Ginetta had previously announced that Manor WEC and TRS Racing will be its first customers for the new LMP1 car with a further team yet to be named. The 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship, in which the Ginetta LMP1 will compete, has been dubbed the ‘Super Season’, encompassing two visits to the Circuit de la Sarthe for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a double visit to the Circuit de Spa–Francorchamps.
Autosport International Show Director Kate Woodley said:
“We’re thrilled that Ginetta has chosen Autosport International to unveil its LMP1 car. With such a longstanding relationship between us, we can’t wait to see the company’s latest project in the metal and to help them share this great addition to their range with the wider industry.
Autosport International is Europe’s largest indoor pre-season motorsport event and takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on January 11 – 14. Tickets can be purchased here.
British GT Championship drivers Stuart Middleton and Rick Parfitt are currently leading the Sunoco Challenge standings as the competition draws to a close for 2017.
Middleton, driving partner of William Tregurtha in the #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 , currently leads the British GT GT4 driver standings by 25 points and heads the Sunoco Whelan Challenge points table with 76.39 points.
Previous winners of the Sunoco Whelen Challenge include Derek Johnston and Seb Morris. The prize is a fully-funded drive in the #31 Whelan Engineering Cadillac DPi at the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, including flights, accommodation and food, worth $250,000.
Rick Parfitt, driver of the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 and who currently leads the GT3 Drivers Championship in the 2017 British GT Championship with previous Sunoco Whelan Challenge-winning driver Seb Morris, leads the Sunoco 240 Challenge by 5.5 points ahead of Jon Minshaw.
The prize for winning the Sunoco 240 Challenge is a race seat in a GT4 car, run by Racers Edge, in the 4-hour endurance race on the Friday before the Rolex 24 at Daytona, a package worth $50,000.
The Sunoco Whelan Challenge was launched in 2009 as a concept to promote the Rolex 24 at Daytoan and was a joint initiative between NASCAR chairman Jim France and Anders Hilderbrand, Managing Director of Anglo American Oil Company.
The Sunoco 240 Challenge was first introduced in 2011 as a competition for drivers who were not ready to race a Daytona Prototype.
After the announcement that Ginetta is to investigate JHR Developments and suspend the Dronfield, Derbyshire-based team from Ginetta competitions until further notice, current championship leader Sebastian Priaulx has announced that he will join HHC Motorsport for the remainder of the 2017 season.
Priaulx and his fellow JHR Developments drivers are not under investigation and Ginetta has confirmed that any outcome of its findings will have no retrospective impact on the drivers or their points.
Priaulx is relieved that a solution to his challenge for the 2017 title has been found.
“This has been a tough situation to deal with over the past few months and I’m relieved to be going into the final races with a clear mind,” said the Guernsey-based driver. “Since the appeal, we have enjoyed some really competitive races, including four race victories.
“Naturally we are disappointed to have had to split from JHR Developments, with whom I’ve had some great success over past eighteen months or so, especially at such a pivotal time of the season with only three meetings remaining.
“This is a matter between JHR Developments and Ginetta however and we have to respect the decision that has been made. I would like to thank both Ginetta and JHR for all they have done to help me stay on the grid for the rest of the season, and to all my sponsors for their understanding in this situation.
“HHC Motorsport are a highly successful and respected team in the Ginetta Junior paddock. I’m looking forward to working with them and I’m confident we can enjoy a successful end to the season together.”
Rounds 19, 20 and 21 of the 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship take place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on August 26 and 27.
With the FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue being held on weekend of April 1 – 2 at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, the Media Day launch for the British GT Championship at Snetterton on Tuesday March 28 (which also coincides with Day One of the Official Test for the European Le Mans Series) and the first round of the VLN series being held on the Nordschleife this weekend, the 2017 launch of three more major global and European series is almost upon us.
Some series and championships have already got underway, however, and last weekend saw the second rounds of both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the 24H SERIES.
The 24H SERIES arrived in Italy for the Hankook 12H Mugello and it was the #11 Scuderia Praha Ferrari F488 GT3 piloted by Jiri Pisarik, Josef Král and Matteo Malucelli that took the chequered flag and the top step of the podium. The Czech Republic-based team won with a four-lap advantage over second place finishers IDEC SPORT RACING with its #17 Mercedes AMG GT3 driven by Patrice Lafargue, Paul Lafargue and Dimitri Engelbert.
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Blyton Park Driving Centre near Gainsborough has been acquired by Ginetta and the Leeds-based manufacturer plans to develop the facility to enhance the customer experience.
The Blyton Park Driving Centre is based at what was formally an airfield. First opened in 1942, RAF Blyton was initially used to train Polish aircrew learning to fly Wellington bombers. At the end of the war, the airfield was allocated to the US Airforce at which time the grass runways were laid with tarmac. The airfield closed in 1954 and was acquired by Managing Director Richard Usher in 2011.
Today the facility offers seven different circuit layouts, including a rallycross configuration, and offers track hire, testing facilities and motorsport experiences.
Continue reading Ginetta Buys Blyton Park Driving Centre (23.03.17)