Jordan King showcased his pace in the FIA World Endurance Championship as he set the fastest lap of the 8 Hours of Bahrain but ultimately it was in vain as the team’s race came to an early finish, whilst running in the podium places, due to mechanical issues.
Racing for the second time in 2019 at the Bahrain International Circuit, Jordan returned to the 3.363-mile circuit for the fourth round of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship. Remaining in the Team LNT #5 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER, Jordan joined Ben Hanley and Charlie Robertson in an all-British line up for the eight-hour endurance race.
The team highlighted their pace early on in the weekend as they finished the first session of the weekend in 1st place and they continued their strong start to the race weekend as they finished the next two practice sessions in 2nd place.
Ben Hanley and Charlie Robertson were on qualifying duties for the #5 Ginetta and secured the team a front-row start in Bahrain as they qualified in second-place - less than two-tenths off the pole sitting Rebellion Racing.
Charlie Robertson got the race started for the #5 Ginetta and was involved in an incident with the #1 Rebellion Racing at turn-two and fell three laps down on the lead car. Despite this, the team persisted and stayed determined to end the year on a high.
Jordan was the second driver in the car for the #5 Ginetta crew and took over with the team running in fifth place after an hour and a half of racing. Jordan then delivered a fantastic stint behind the wheel as he recorded the fastest lap of the race on his way up the order to 3rd place and into the podium fight.
Jordan then jumped back in the car during the fifth hour of the race but unfortunately it didn't last long as the car encountered mechanical issues and the team were forced to retire from the race whilst running in the podium places.
“It was a real shame to end the race like that after all the hard work the team did. We recorded the fastest lap and were fighting for the podium places but unfortunately it wasn’t to be this time. A big thanks to the team and my teammates for a great job this weekend, we definitely deserved more!”
Image courtesy of Team LNT Ginetta