Ginetta will make history on its debut in the Le Mans 24 Hours after the announcement that factory outfit Team LNT will feature teenager Nigel Moore amongst its driver line-up.
The 17-year-old rising star will become the youngest driver ever in the premier LMP1 class when he teams up with team principal Lawrence Tomlinson and Ginetta managing director Richard Dean at the wheel of the Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S.
Moore will be making his debut at La Sarthe just two years after winning the Ginetta Junior Championship – for youngsters aged between 14 and 17 – and he admitted he was thrilled to get the opportunity to compete in the biggest sportscar race of them all.
“I've had an incredible two years with Ginetta,” he said. “In 2007 I won the Junior Championship in a G20 and now I will be driving at the most exciting race in the world in an LMP1 car! It's a real testament to the Ginetta programme that I've been able to come so far in such a short space of time.”
Team boss Tomlinson, who won the GT2 class in 2006 along with Dean and Tom Kimber-Smith, said he was pleased to give Moore the chance to compete at Le Mans and said he felt it was an indication to young drivers of how they could make their way to the top.
“I am delighted that Nigel is part of Team LNT 2009,” he said. “His story is a perfect example of how Ginetta supports young British driving talent by offering entry at grass roots right through to top level racing. I hope people will follow his story and see for themselves how Ginetta is the most affordable and accessible route into motorsport.”