SVK by Speed Factory achieved its aims at the opening round of the European Le Mans Series, finishing fourth in the LMP3 class.
The #15 Ginetta-Nissan of Konstantins Calko, Dainius Matijosaitis and Jesus Fuster completed 102 laps of the 3.6 mile Silverstone Circuit, finishing five laps behind the winners.
After battling to get the car on the grid for the 4 Hours of Silverstone, team boss Dalius Steponavicius was both relieved and pleased with the team’s end result:
“Fourth place in LMP3 class for our first race is a good place to start,” he said. “We need to give our emotions some time to settle down and then do some precise analysis. I was trying to motivate the team as the guys worked for two whole days with little rest to get the car running. In the future, we will go faster but for now it’s celebration time.”
Calko, who became the first Latvian driver to compete in the European Le Mans Series, was also happy with the outcome although believes that continued development is required to bring the SVK by Speed Factory Ginetta up to the pace of the leading entries.
“It can always be better, but this is our first race,” he said. “We still have to find the right setup for the car, we still have to find some speed. We are about 20 km/h slower than our opponents and that is a lot taking in to account that the Silverstone circuit features four long straights, so gaining maximum speed is crucial. We reached our main goal to finish the first race and now we will try to go faster.”
The SVK by Speed Factory squad will continue its foray into the European Le Mans Series at the 4 Hours of Imola on May 17. The LMP3 field is set to receive a boost from five to six entries for the second round, as Rollcentre Racing makes its international sportscar racing return.