Manchester revved up for return to Silverstone

Race preview: 4 Hours of Silverstone

The home of British motorsport will this weekend host the fourth round of the 2019 European Le Mans Series as home talent Jack Manchester takes on the challenges of Silverstone.

Lining up in his Thunderhead Carlin Racing Dallara P217, Manchester will be charging headfirst in to the second half of the season alongside teammates Harry Tincknell and Ben Barnicoat who all aim to build on the solid progress made so far during the team’s debut season. Last time out racing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the team enjoyed their strongest showing yet; picking up a top ten finish for their efforts.

With consistency being key throughout the season, Manchester has continued to put in the effort with a productive two-day test at Silverstone earlier this month as well as multiple hours in the simulator at the Thunderhead Carin Racing team headquarters.

Silverstone features 18 corners around its 5.891km configuration – many of which are high speed challenges for the drivers to tackle. Long straights also offer the opportunity for wheel to wheel action as the 39-strong ELMS field (including 18 LMP2 class cars) tackle the British circuit.

Manchester has already tasted success at the British circuit while competing in the Radical European Masters in 2017. Clinching a podium in the opening race of the weekend the then-18-year-old ultimately went on to brilliantly secure class victory in the second race of the weekend having pulled off a stunning, and hard-fought, move for the lead of the race. Manchester also mastered the iconic Silverstone in 2016 taking the top step of the podium.

“I’m really excited to be back in the car racing at Silverstone this weekend – it’s a track I know well and one that I enjoy racing at."

Manchester continued, "I definitely feel as though we have made good progress recently; our pace in Barcelona was pretty solid and we felt as though a step forward was made as a team. Our focus is to continue with that push forward and aim for another good result.

“We’re also the only complete LMP2 British line-up at our home event this weekend so hopefully we’ll have the support of the local fans – it’s all lining up to be a really exciting weekend for us.”

30 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019 European Le Mans Series 2019

4H of Silverstone

No. of Laps
128
Lap Distance (km)
5.9
Total Race Distance (km)
755.2

As with Barcelona, Friday will see two free practice sessions while Saturday plays host to qualifying and the 4 Hours of Silverstone race itself.  

Full Silverstone schedule (local UK time):

Friday 30th August
09:55-11:25 – Free Practice 1
14:45-16:15 – Free Practice 2

Saturday 31st August
11:27-11:37 – LMP2 Qualifying
14:30-18:30 – Race

As ever, you can keep up to date with all the behind the scenes action by following Jack’s official Instagram, Twitter and Facebook channels throughout the weekend.

A live stream of the 4 Hours of Silverstone, plus live timing, will also be available for computers, smartphones and tablets on the official ELMS website.