Manor silent on lack of timed running at Spa

Manor silent on lack of timed running at Spa
By: Gary Watkins
May 4, 2018, 10:50 AM

The Manor LMP1 team has refused to disclose why it has failed to turn a timed lap in free practice for this weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship opener at Spa. 

The British team, which has entered a pair of Ginetta-Mecachrome G60-LT-P1s under the CEFC TRSM Racing banner, has so far only completed in-out laps with both cars in each of the three sessions ahead of qualifying.

Manor sporting director Graeme Lowdon told that he was unable to comment on what he described as a "complicated" situation, which appears unrelated to technical issues. 

The failure of the Manor Ginettas to run in anger comes against a backdrop of uncertainty over the future CEFC China Energy conglomerate, which is the team's title sponsor.

Its staff have gone unpaid for two months and an investigation has been launched into the financial activities of its chairman, Ye Jianming. 

Manor expanded its LMP1 entry to two cars when Ginetta increased its involvement in the team after the plans for an undisclosed squad to run a pair of G60s in the WEC failed to come to fruition. 

If CEFC's problems are the reason for Manor's failure to run in anger so far at Spa, it is unclear how it will affect the entry for the #5 car due to be driven by Ginetta test driver Charlie Robertson and Dean Stoneman moving forward. 

Leo Roussel, who was originally slated to drive the car, has disappeared from the entry list.  

Reports suggest that the KCMG team, which is first on the reserve list for next month's Le Mans 24 Hours, have been told by race organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest to be on stand-by to move up to a full entry.

The winners of the LMP2 class at Le Mans in 2015 has entered an LMP2 Dallara-Gibson P217 under the APM Monaco Team KCMG banner, with Louis Prette as its named driver, but does not currently have a car. 

It is understood that it would lease a car from one of the teams running Dallaras in the European Le Mans Series should it be promoted from the reserve list.

Second on the reserve list is the AF Corse-run Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE funded by British sportscar stalwart Duncan Cameron.

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Series WEC
Event Spa-Francorchamps
Location Spa-Francorchamps
Teams Manor Motorsport
Author Gary Watkins
Article type Breaking news