For the first time since their runaway class victory in the 2010 Britcar 24 Hours Team LNT will return to the Britcar paddock to contest this weekend's three hour race at Donington Park.
The team will enter a GT3-spec G55 driven by Ginetta regular Mike Simpson and Group LNT chairman Lawrence Tomlinson, himself a class champion at Le Mans before he was part of the team at the 2010 Britcar 24 Hours at Silverstone.
That race – driving a Ginetta G40 – the team of Tomlinson, Simpson, Stewart Linn and Nigel Moore – dominated Class Four of race finishing twelfth overall – 16 laps clear of their nearest class rival – in a car that was driven to the track from the company's Yorkshire factory before the race, and then driven back there following the race.
Under the banner of Rollcentre Tomlinson, was part of a team for last year's Britcar 24 Hours driving a G55, though on that occasion mechanical problems ended their race early.
“It's great to have Team LNT back on the grid this weekend,” said Tomlinson. “The car is exceptionally fast and is a rival for any marque in the GT3 category, our aim is to fine tune the car mechanically and aerodynamically to speed up the rate of development of the customer cars.”
Their entry into the Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship comes with the aim of speeding up the development of the GT3 G55. The car debuted at the start of the 2011 season and has gone through an extensive development program in the last twelve months.
A brand new – Ginetta developed – aerodynamic packed made its first appearance in the Britcar 24 Hours paddock last season, before making its race debut at the final race of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship in October. Over the winter Ginetta have developed and built their own 4.35 v8 engine.
Entered in Class One the Team LNT entry will face opposition including Ginetta customers Optimum Motorsport with driver Lee Mowle and George Murrells.
Peter and Matt Smith complete the Ginetta customers in the race, driving a Ginetta G55 Cup entered in Class Three.