Nine hours in and Mecachrome Motorsport can report no issues with its 3.4-litre turbocharged V6 that powers the CEFC TRSM Racing-run Ginetta LMP1 machines, as the night sky looms over the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit.
There was limited running for the Ginetta-Mecachrome cars prior to the French endurance classic, but as the race reaches one-third distance, both the #6 and #5 prototypes are still going strongly, running third and fourth respectively of the non-hybrid LMP1 entries.
During the opening stages of the race both cars encountered some minor problems, including an electrical issue for Oliver Rowland, Alex Brundle and Oliver Turvey’s #6 Ginetta, which led to gear-change difficulties – although this was quickly fixed after a reset.
Both cars have now surpassed 120 laps, and although the problems saw them drop down the order, they have been showing solid pace and progressed through the field.
“There have been no issues with the engine, which is good news,” said Managing Director of Mecachrome Motorsport, Bruno Engelric. “At the start we lost quite a bit of time on the #5 car with a flat front tyre and have been playing catch up since. The other Ginetta-Mecachrome had some electrical issues, which meant the driver had difficulty changing gears. We had to restart everything and since then it seems to be fine.
“The two cars have made two extra pit stops compared to the other LMP1 runners, but we’ve had zero problems on the engine side, it’s been very systematic so far. We are cautious regarding the fuel flow allowance, as we want to be safe for the ACO/FIA limit and make sure we finish without any issue on this side. So far we are on the right track, there’s still a long way to go but we can be very happy.”