2019 FIA WEC Season 8 4h Silverstone 2019-20, Silverstone, United Kingdom. Photo © John D Stevens.

Based on an opinion published that “we’d bet on a well driven and run LMP2 ORECA still being likely to beat either of the ‘non-factory’ entries from Garforth” Ginetta’s representatives have reached out to us and asked to put their position on record – of course, we are happy to facilitate this and while it may look like SCG was being initially unfair we can promise that is not the case (e.g.: I have very personal reasons for wishing Ginetta to not just succeed, but to succeed well with their LMP1 program). 

Anyhow, to business. The facts and figures surrounding the two Ginettas at the Silverstone race are as follows*: 

  • #5 – issues early in the race for Charlie Robertson (tyres mounted too early and therefore cold at the start)
  • Ben Hanley into the gravel and lost two laps on his out lap
  • #6 – issues early in the race for Mike Simpson (tyres mounted too early and therefore cold at the start)
  • Lost wheel after finger trouble at pit stop for Simpson – slow in lap
  • Unrelated tyre failure for Simpson soon after rejoining race – body damage required time in garage
  • Contact for Oliver Jarvis causing damage to number panel – required garage attention.
  • There were no electrical, electronic or mechanical issues for either car during the race – any comment about unreliability is therefore inaccurate.
  • Ben Hanley’s lap averages beat all three Rebellion #1 drivers and were within a tenth of Derani, and 2 tenths of Duval in the #3
  • All of the other five Ginetta Drivers had faster averages than either Berthon (#3) or Nato (#1)
  • In terms of fastest laps per car, Only Bruno Senna (#1) and Loic Duval (#3) had fastest laps in the 1:38s, three Rebellion drivers and four Ginetta drivers had fastest laps in the 1:39s
  • Taking best 15 laps for each driver – and averaging across all four LMP1 Privateer cars the four had an average as follows
    • #1 – 1:40.791
    • #3 – 1:40.928
    • #5 – 1:41.161
    • #6 – 1:41.567
  • The best average for an LMP2 car was for the #42 – 1:44.602 – over three seconds per lap slower than the slower of the Ginettas. 

Taking the above into consideration, it’s hard to see how, on the basis of one race, SCG’s opinion could hold, so let’s revisit this at the end of the season – remember, reliability encompasses  far more than just the car and the top speed – Ginetta need to work on their pit stops, not least the tyre procedures – we wish them all the best. 

2019 FIA WEC Season 8 4h Silverstone 2019-20, Silverstone, United Kingdom. Photo © John D Stevens.

*Thanks to Graham Goodwin (GG Communications/Daily Sportscar) for providing the above information.