Thunderhead Carlin Racing are very proud to be included on the list of invitees for the 88th 24 Hour of Le Mans which was released this evening. The British team enjoyed a strong debut season last year in the European Le Mans Series culminating in race wins in the 2019/2020 Asian Le Mans Series. The team will run one of only two Dallara LMP2 cars on the entry list for the blue-riband event.
This evening’s announcement follows swiftly on the heels of the team returning from a successful campaign in the Asian Le Mans Series. Jack Manchester, Harry Tincknell and Ben Barnicoat claimed two victories in the same week at the final two rounds. Manchester crossed the line to take the team’s first win in the 4hrs of Sepang earlier this month, with the team ending the season on a high with a second win in the 4hrs of Buriram just a week later. Thunderhead Carlin Racing were also awarded “Team of the Year” for its performance in the Asian Le Mans Series in the team’s first season of prototype racing. The Surrey based squad missed out on the title by just one point having claimed two third places, two pole positions and two race victories over the four-round season.
Manchester and Barnicoat, both of whom have made stunning debuts in prototype racing in the last year, will take their place behind the wheel of the Thunderhead Carlin Racing Dallara during the team’s Le Mans campaign with the team’s third driver to be confirmed shortly.
Thunderhead CEO Glen Manchester said, “I’m absolutely delighted to see the Thunderhead Carlin Racing team head to one of the most prestigious races in the world. It’s a fantastic achievement considering it’s a little over 12 months after our first race together. The progress the team have made and the performances from our drivers in the last year has been fantastic to watch and it’s a credit to all involved. We can build on this experience in 2020 and we are all excited to see what this young team can achieve together at Le Mans.”
Trevor Carlin added, “This is a very special day for all of us at the team. Taking part in our first season of endurance racing last year in European Le Mans Series, to becoming race winners in Asian Le Mans Series and now to be able to plan our participation in one of the greatest races in the world is a dream come true. Thanks to the ACO for selecting us to be part of this event and of course to Thunderhead for the investment and belief to allow the team to show its potential. The hard work is already underway to prepare for European Le Mans Series and we’re honoured to add the 24 Hours of Le Mans to our calendar.”
Practice for the prestigious event begins on 10th June, with the 88th 24 hours of Le Mans getting underway on Saturday 13th June.