Team LNT endured a disappointing end to its run in the Le Mans 24 Hours after an engine fire forced the Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S out of the La Sarthe classic during the early hours of Sunday morning.
The team had been creating history in the event with the addition of Nigel Moore to its driver line-up, with the 17-year-old becoming the youngest ever British driver in the race.
Moore was at the wheel of the car when the incident happened, with the cause being linked to a fuel line connector which had come loose, although Moore's quick thinking in stopping the car quickly prevented any extensive damage to the chassis or wiring.
“Obviously I'm disappointed that my fifth stint was cut short as I was well into my stride and achieving consistent lap times,” Moore, who had taken the car to 18th place prior to the retirement, said. “But it's been an incredible initiation into Le Mans and I hope I have proved that I can compete in the endurance arena. I can't wait to get back to La Sarthe – the atmosphere is unrivalled anywhere in the world.”
Moore had shared the car with former Le Mans GT2 winner Richard Dean and Lawrence Tomlinson, with the latter admitting he was proud of the performance shown despite the retirement.
“I'm immensely proud of the team, of the car and of Nigel,” the team principal said. “He's demonstrated the type of clear thinking which underlines exactly why he was out here. By keeping a clear head he's given us a car that we can take back to Leeds and get to work on straight away to iron out those teething problems which have manifested themselves over the weekend.
“We want to thank all the supporters who have travelled to France and cheered us on from the outset - this is what Le Mans is all about and we'll be back in 2010.”