Team LNT scooped an historic class victory in the Britcar 24 Hours with the Ginetta G40 triumphing on its very first endurance outing.
The Ginetta G40 is a dual-function road and race car, and in the hands of Nigel Moore, Lawrence Tomlinson, Stewart Linn and Mike Simpson, all of which are from Yorkshire, also came an impressive 12th position overall beating the likes of the Mazda and Honda works teams.
In a class of 24 production cars, the G40 managed to complete and impressive 521 laps, which is the equivalent to 1,672 miles around the 3.21 miles Silverstone Circuit.
Nigel Moore, at the tender age of 18, took the first stint and gave Team LNT the perfect start on Saturday, setting the fastest lap time of 2 minutes and 12 seconds in the process.
Moore was delighted with his efforts.
“This weekend has gone exactly as we had hoped – it's a combination of a great car and amazing teamwork and this win is testament to everybody's efforts.
“We are a very happy Team LNT tonight. Thanks goes to Lawrence for making this happen and pioneering the G40 build.” said the young Yorkshire man.
Moore's team mate Stewart Linn and was equally delighted
“After watching the Ginetta Juniors race the restricted version of the G40 all season, it's been amazing to race the G40 and win on its first outing at an endurance event. All the drivers performed amazingly well and the lads from the factory built a fantastic car.” said Linn who drove through the night on Saturday for the team.
Former Karting champion and team member Mike Simpson was also ecstatic and described it as an 'unforgettable experience'.
“As a karter this has been a huge challenge for me, particularly with my first stint being in heavy rain at night – 3 hours of solid driving is unknown to me!
“It has been an unforgettable experience – the car and the team have done an outstanding job and we've outclassed the competition
He also went on to thank the team. ”I want to extend a huge personal thank you to Lawrence for giving me the chance to be part of Team LNT”
More delighted than most was team principal Lawrence Tomlinson, who anchored his team, bringing home the G40 at 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon.
“What a perfect result for us – the G40 is a brand new car which we drove down on Wednesday and now we have a class win on our first outing.” said the former Le Mans GT2 winner.
“Whilst we didn't have the outright pace for overall pole, we've put in a consistent performance – which is what endurance racing is all about. All this in a multi-platform car which you can buy for just under £25,000! It's been driven on the road, for track days, in the Ginetta Challenge and now it's a proven winner in a 24 hour endurance races!
“I'm very, very proud of the drivers, the engineers and everyone at Ginetta – we are going back up the M1 tonight with big smiles on our faces! Not sure who is going to be driving the G40 back though!” said the visibly ecstatic Tomlinson.