Prototype Racing History with Sir Chris Hoy and Charlie Robertson
CarPlan Sponsors Team LNT in European Le Mans Series
In 2015, CarPlan sponsored Team LNT in their 2015 European le Mans Series campaign. For the 2015 season, the series introduced the brand new LMP3 class of prototype machinery, which provided a perfect proving ground for the Ginetta’s new venture into prototype racing with their Nissan powered Juno prototypes, all lubricated with Carlube Oils. Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy teamed up with young racer Charlie Robertson to race in the inaugural season in the number 3 car, while Mark Shulzhitskiy, Michael Simpson and Gaëtan Paletou piloted the number 2 car.
The car and driver combination of Chris Hoy and Charlie Robertson proved hugely successful, winning 3 of the 5 races in the series, including making history by winning the first race for the LMP3 class on home soil at Silverstone. They would have been on the top step of the podium at 4 rounds, however an unfortunate mechanical problem at Imola meant they dropped down the field. The duo was so dominant that they won the series with a round to go and were on the podium in every other race in the season besides the round they were forced to retire. The sister number 2 car finished the championship after picking up a win, a second and a third. In the other two rounds they unfortunately retired – after just over an hour at Imola and while leading at Paul Ricard. Despite these two retirements, a win at the final round in Portugal pushed them up the order to 2nd place, overtaking the SVK by Speed Factory team by a single point, giving Team LNT a 1-2 in the first ever LMP3 Championship. In addition, Charlie Robertson was named ‘Rookie of the Year’ at the end of year awards for his stunning achievements during the season. The car driven by Chris Hoy and Charlie Robertson now lives at the new Tetrosyl HQ.