Manor com­mits to LMP1 World En­durance fu­ture with Ginetta racer

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Manor has been con­firmed as the first pri­va­teer team to run the new Ginetta LMP1 car in the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship next year.

The team first en­tered the cat­e­gory in the LMP2 divi­sion last sea­son and is now grad­u­at­ing to the top-tier of the se­ries. It could run as many as two cars in LMP1 as well as re­tain­ing a pres­ence in LMP2.

Manor had been strongly linked to work­ing with Ginetta ever since the Bri­tish firm an­nounced it was build­ing an LMP1 car at the start of the year. It is yet to spec­ify which en­gines it will run.

“We are very happy to be en­ter­ing the LMP1 cat­e­gory of the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship,” said Manor team prin­ci­pal John Booth.

“We have been learn­ing this cham­pi­onship for the last two years and we are con­fi­dent that the time is now right for us to step up to the LMP1 cat­e­gory.

“We have known the peo­ple at Ginetta for many years and we be­lieve that, work­ing to­gether, we will be able to de­velop a com­pet­i­tive LMP1 pack­age.”

Team sport­ing di­rec­tor Graeme Low­don added that the team is in talks with driv­ers to field an all-pro line-up in the WEC 2018/19 su­per­sea­son.

The Ginetta LMP1 car will be re­vealed at the Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional Show in Jan­uary.

● The Dragon­speed squad has an­nounced it will com­pete in LMP1 next year. The team won the LMP2 ti­tle in the Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries this year but has yet to an­nounce what car it will run. One car it won’t be able to en­ter is the planned Per­rinn LMP1 ma­chine as the com­pany has now shelved the project in favour of build­ing a new elec­tric sportscar.

Manor will field a P1 Ginetta

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