Delta Motorsport partners with Millennium Racing to enter two cars in this year’s World Endurance Championship
The Silverstone-based automotive and motorsport engineering company Delta Motorsport will field two Nissan-powered Oreca 03 cars under the Millennium Racing banner in the hotly-contested 2014 World Endurance Championship LMP2 (Le Mans prototype) class.
The eight race championship begins at Silverstone on April 20th and includes the legendary Le Mans 24-hours in June.
The team drivers will be Fabien Giroix, John Martin and Oliver Turvey in car 22, with Mike Conway, Shinji Nakano and Stefan Johansson in car 23.
This is the pinnacle of Sports Car Racing and Delta Motorsport has been one of the most professional teams in the series,’ said Johansson. ‘They have a terrific engineering base and great car preparation. This will be my first full season of racing since 2007 and I can’t wait for the Championship to get started!”
Oliver Turvey is equally excited to be part of the team; ‘I am delighted to have been selected by Delta Motorsport to join Millennium Racing for the 2014 World Endurance Championship. The team has an impressive engineering background and shares my passion and desire to win races. I am privileged to be partnered with Fabien and John, and I am excited to begin working with them. I would like to thank McLaren for their continued support and for allowing me to compete alongside my Formula 1 commitments’.
Last year, the Delta Motorsport Orecas came second in the Championship, winning five of the eight races, while this year the potency of Delta’s input has already been shown when it partnered successful US race team Action Express at the Daytona 24-hours, bringing the number 9 Coyote Corvette Daytona Prototype home in third position. Delta has developed a new body for Coyote and will showcase this in the United Sportscar Championship later in the year.
In the World Endurance Championship, competition is fierce in the tightly regulated LMP2 class; ‘The window for improvement is small, so fine details have an even greater impact,’ explains Delta’s Managing Director Simon Dowson. ‘Because of our engineering and design background, we can analyse and interpret data to enhance the performance of the car, the drivers and the crew. We bring the performance of a factory team to a private entry.’
Fabien Giroix has been heavily involved in sports car racing for most of his career. In the Nineties he campaigned a McLaren F1 and more latterly, a Lamborghini Gallardo. In 2012 he was UAE GT champion in the GTA class.
Stefan Johansson had long experience in F1 with spells at both Ferrari and McLaren before moving to sports car racing. He won Le Mans in 1997 in a TWR Porsche. He later moved on to running his own team in the States.
Oliver Turvey is a McLaren F1 test driver and has been a championship contender in F3, GP2 and more recently in the European Le Mans series.
John Martin is a sports car ace who has also enjoyed success in Formula Ford and Superleague Formula.
Shinji Nakano is a veteran of Formula One and Indy cars and has taken part in seven Le Mans 24-hours.
Mike Conway has pursued a long career in Indy cars (which he still races), as well as driving for Delta/Millennium. He is also part of the factory Toyota LMP1 team.
About Delta Motorsport
Delta Motorsport was founded in 2005 by Simon Dowson (MD) and Nick Carpenter (Technical Director), and since its inception, high-performance engineering has been at the heart of the company’s philosophy and culture.
Delta’s range of services encompasses full vehicle design, mechanical and electronic system development, and aerodynamic consultancy. Emerging technologies are a key part of the company’s portfolio, where the focus often falls on light weight structures and electric or hybrid powertrains.
Delta’s “low carbon” projects cover a wide variety of technologies however, from aerodynamic drag reduction on haulage vehicles to the development of its own “range extender” for electric vehicles and even the design and build of its own high-performance all-electric sports car; the ‘E4 Coupe’
Delta also collaborated on the Hennessey Venom GT hyper-sports car, bringing the full weight of its expertise to create one of the very highest performing sports cars built. Delta has consulted for, and continues to work with a wide range of motorsport and road car makers, from Formula One teams to Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin.
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