10 March 2014
Silverstone Park-based team Delta-ADR will run two Oreca-Nissan machines in this year’s World Endurance Championship for sportscars – one of them to be driven by ex-Ferrari and McLaren F1 racer Stefan Johansson.
Neighbours on the Park, Delta Motorsport and ADR last year teamed up together and won the WEC’s hotly contested LMP2 category in four of the last five rounds. Their cars this year will be entered under the Millenium Racing banner.
Aptly the 2014 season starts just yards from both Delta’s and ADR’s front doors – on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on Easter weekend 19/20 April with the first of eight gruelling, long-distance endurance races that make up the WEC calendar. They include the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race in France in June…
Partnering Swede Johansson in one of the Oreca-Nissans will be Briton Mike Conway and another ex-F1 driver Shinji Nakano of Japan. In the other will be Fabien Giroix (FRA), John Martin (AUS) and Oliver Turvey (GBR).
Testing of both cars is already under way with Delta having recently run at the Paul Ricard in southern France. “The window for improvement is small, so fine details have an even greater impact,” explained 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.”