Ginetta-Zytek LMP1 for Team LNT at Petit Le Mans Team LNT today announced their entry to the 2008 Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta with a Ginetta-Zytek LMP1 car. Team LNT's previous LMP entry was a 'one off' LMP2 Zytek at Silverstone exactly...
Ginetta-Zytek LMP1 for Team LNT at Petit Le Mans
Team LNT today announced their entry to the 2008 Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta with a Ginetta-Zytek LMP1 car.
Team LNT's previous LMP entry was a 'one off' LMP2 Zytek at Silverstone exactly 12 months ago. That effort resulted in pole position, fastest lap and second place having dominated the race early on with Danny Watts and Tom Kimber-Smith at the wheel. Prior to that, Team LNT was an ever-present part of the LMS and Le Mans 24 Hours with TVR in 2004 and 2005 and the Panoz GT2 team during 2006 and 2007.
Danny Watts (under management with LNT) will again drive for Team LNT with the yet unnamed second driver said to be one of considerable 'experience and speed'.
The new Ginetta branding of the Ginetta-Zytek LMP car is symbolic of the recent announcement that Bill Gibson (Zytek founder) and Lawrence Tomlinson (Ginetta's Chairman) now have an equal controlling interest in Zytek Engineering.
"Several new and exciting projects have been kick started by the new relationship" said Tomlinson. "Both companies will complement and strengthen their presence in International Motorsport with Ginetta benefiting from the high-end technology filtering down into its road and race cars.
"Zytek Engineering is one of Britain's best kept secrets with a hugely talented staff vastly experienced in varied automotive technologies. We believe this partnership will assist Zytek Engineering in becoming a much more visible force, demonstrating its abilities across a broader automotive range" Tomlinson continued.
"The end result of the new on-track race team and development programme between Ginetta and Zytek Engineering will assist road car innovation and manufacture".
Tomlinson's Zytek involvement has accelerated several development areas such as the new Zytek LMP2 engine, a new 4.5ltr LMP1 engine (already in a car testing and still on time to race at Petit Le Mans) that will form the basis of the recently announced Hybrid project.
Ginetta and Zytek are delighted to have secured the considerable support, resources and enthusiasm for the first Hybrid project with CORSA motorsport in the ALMS. CORSA motorsport will also race in LMP1 for the first time at Petit Le Mans.
The exciting new project will not be the first time the Ginetta brand has been launched at a major International event, with a Ginetta G4 having competed at Sebring in 1965! 43 years later and it is Road Atlanta, with over 100,000 people in attendance and extensive International TV coverage, providing a World stage for the British Sports Car manufacturer.
Ginetta produce race cars primarily for its own 'one make' racing Championships. The Texaco Havoline Ginetta G20 series is the largest one make championship in Europe. The Ginetta Junior Championship is for 14 to 17 year old drivers and is on the British Touring Car Support package. The all new Ginetta G50 Cup car provides racers with a real GT car experience
The Ginetta G50 GT4 car has won every round of the British GT championship in its debut year clinching the title as early as July this year.
Team LNT have recently been busy away from the Le Mans series with development of the all new Ginetta G50 race car and road car production. The 11th Annual Petit Le Mans, the signature event of the American Le Mans Series, is scheduled for Oct. 1-4, with the 10-hour, 1000-mile race on Saturday, Oct. 4. The 10th Anniversary Petit Le Mans in 2007 attracted more than 100,000 spectators from around the world.