Ginetta and Nissan testing LMP3 in the US
Ginetta will send two of the new LMP3 cars over to Watkins Glen at the end of the month to break into what is becoming an expanding market for the UK-based constructor.
The Tudor United Sportscar Championship is expected to embrace the LMP3 class for 2016.
Motorsport.com understands that one of the Team LNT cars and a recently sold chassis to will run at the former US Grand Prix venue on the Monday after the Watkins Glen TUSC event held on 28th June.
Several potential customers are set to try the Ginetta-Nissan, including current Radical racer Randy Carpenter who has already purchased one of the Yorkshire built LMP3 cars.
Motorsport.com sources have also indicated that customers of the Risi Competizione affiliated Ferrari of Houston team are also interested in driving the car at Watkins Glen.
Nissan to run more GT Academy racers in LMP3
Nissan is set to run some of its GT Academy graduates in the Watkins Glen test in three weeks’ time.
Nicholas Hammann and Bryan Heitkotter are believed to be two that may run in one of the Ginetta-Nissan cars.
“It is inevitable that LMP3 will be a part of the US sportscar scene and Lawrence is adamant that it is a great market for the Ginetta product,” said Nissan box Darren Cox.
“We fully back that and have a great relationship with Ginetta and I am sure you’ll see other chassis manufacturers following soon.”
Cox reiterated his belief in the LMP3 concept, saying: “I am a big believer in supporting the new ladder in endurance racing,” said Cox.
“We have already made a commitment to LMP3 by placing Gaetan (Palatou) in a car at the Silverstone ELMS race and also what we are achieving with Chris Hoy and his program in the ELMS and his run at the test day.
“We believe in it and we will continue to be involved with our new GT Academy recruits.”