With the days ticking by until the start of the FIA WEC 2018/19 season there’s plenty of attention being paid to the level of preparation of the teams, and perhaps in particular the new for 2018 LMP1 non-hybrid pack. Latest to test as the Ginetta G60-LT-P1 which completed a successful 3 day test at the Aragon circuit in Spain this week.
Ginetta, and the TRSM team that will run a pair of the cars for the coming season, were working to put testing miles on the first car and had the, so far unique, opportunity to compare themselves against Toyota who were also present.
And it was a week of good news on several fronts: The car ran reliably over the three days which included a tyre test program for Michelin.
Driving duties were shared between Ginetta driver Charlie Robertson and TRSM signed Oliver Rowland, between them they clocked up over 1200 km with Robert Kubica getting time in the car too.
DSC understands that the team worked through their full planned programme of systems and set-up development plus Michelin tyre testing in the first two days leaving the third day clear for longer, full stint, running.
DSC contacted Ginetta Technical Director Ewan Baldry who commented:
“We are delighted with the performance of the car over the three days. The first Aragon test 3 weeks ago was very much a shakedown after a few laps in the damp at Snetterton.
“Between then and now we have made further developments and are now putting miles on the car and allowing it to stretch it’s legs.
“It was great that Toyota were present as we had a real benchmark to compare ourselves against. In terms of best lap times, we were within 7/10ths of them and during long runs we seemed to be able to match their pace, and we feel there is lots more to come from our car.
“Obviously we don’t know what their test objectives were, nor what specification their car was running in but it was possible to make some comparisons as we were running on the same track, on the same day, with the same conditions.
In-car from the Toyota is below:
Ginetta Boss, Lawrence Tomlinson also responded to DSC, clearly pleased with the recent rapid progress:
“I’m absolutely delighted with both the reliability & performance of the Ginetta chassis it is way ahead of where we hoped to be.”
The first opportunity for the Ginetta to be seen outside of private testing comes early next month at Paul Ricard for the FIA WEC Prologue test