This week's episode of Sportscar365's Double Stint Podcast recaps the WEC and ELMS action in Silverstone, as well as IMSA and PWC at Long Beach; RGR Sport by Morand's Bruno Senna calls in to discuss his WEC LMP2 win at Silverstone and we answer a viewer's question. Click Here: http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/double-stint-silverstone-recap-bruno-senna-interview-4-19-16/
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Glad JMW received an auto invite for next year. Especially after being on the reserve list for this year.
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***The No. 29 Pegasus Racing Morgan LMP2 Nissan, which originally finished ninth overall and in the LMP2 class, has been excluded due to a fuel analysis anomaly, while the No. 33 Panis-Barthez Competition Ligier JS P2 Nissan was given a 45-second post-race time penalty, which did not affect its result. Click Here for the revised results.
***For the third time in the last four years, the LMP2 team that headed into the title-deciding race did not end up winning the championship. Sunday’s result gave G-Drive Racing and Jota Sport its first ELMS championship, in the final race for its venerable Gibson 015S, which is arguably the LMP2 chassis with the most victories.
***Five teams have secured automatic invites to next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans for their success in the ELMS or Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup. Class champions G-Drive Racing (LMP2), United Autosports (LMP3, for use in LMP2), Aston Martin Racing (GTE, for use in GTE-Pro or GTE-Am) and TF Sport (GT3, for use in GTE-Am) have clinched invites, as well as JMW Motorsport (GTE runner-up, for use in GTE-Pro or GTE-Am).
***The entry list for the 2017 ELMS season will be revealed on Feb. 2, the same day the entries for Le Mans and FIA World Endurance Championship will be confirmed.
***The ACO has clarified that the top five teams from the LMP3 championship in the new-look Michelin Le Mans Cup will be invited to the ELMS LMP3 class the following year, with the five lowest ELMS LMP3 teams demoted to the support series, which will comprise of five two-hour races, plus the Road to Le Mans event in June.
***The Oreca 07 is expected to begin on-track testing later this week. The French prototype will be the third LMP2 car to hit the track, joining both the Cadillac and Gibson-powered Dallaras, as well as the Ligier JS P217 Gibson.
***Matthias Czabok, the Vice President Marketing and Business Development for JDC/Miller Motorsports was present at Estoril this past weekend to check out the ELMS action. The Minnesota-based team has a busy 2017 already planned, with no fewer than seven cars set to be entered across three different IMSA series.
***A post-season Rookie Test for the European Le Mans Series is under evaluation for 2017. It would follow a similar format to the WEC test, which is held the day after the season finale in Bahrain, except taking young talent from the LMP3 class and giving them a chance in LMP2 machinery.
Laurent Mercier contributed to this report
CTSC has a race on the Friday of the Daytona 24hr weekend. It’s been a great race, most years.
“…and it is the first step on this fantastic adventure that is endurance racing.”
Interesting perspective on a bunch of fairly short sprint races that comprise this support series.
My guess is the upcoming Creventic Proto series will have more success, since it appears they will actually be endurance length races. I think that is more what the endurance racing marketplace is looking for, especially in Europe. It’ll be interesting to see how it all works out.
Thank you for your rude and condescending response. Fortunately, I am sure that although I kept my comment brief, John Dagys will understand the origin of my question and my interest in seeing this category of sports car racing standardized to SRO GT4 specs for the benefit of all racing fans and participants.
What a finale and what a thriller at Estoril. The European Le Mans Series proved to be really competitive this year.
The only dark side, a really big one is LMP3. The amount of incidents and crashes in the class is just unacceptable and some drivers were really dangerous on track.
G-Drive Racing has claimed the European Le Mans Series LMP2 championship with a victory, and issues for the Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 05 Nissan in Sunday’s drama-filled season-ending Four Hours of Estoril.
Harry Tincknell took the Jota Sport-run squad’s No. 38 Gibson 015S Nissan to a 51.157-second victory over the No. 21 DragonSpeed Oreca 05 Nissan of Nicolas Lapierre, in a dominant run for the Englishman and co-drivers Giedo van der Garde and Simon Dolan.
Having headed into the race with a 14-point deficit to Mathias Beche and Pierre Thiriet, the Russian-backed squad benefited from electrical issues for the TDS Oreca in the second hour, which cost the them more than 20 laps in the garage.
It marked the first ELMS title for both G-Drive and the Jota squad, in the final outing for its “Mighty 38” open-top LMP2 car.
The TDS entry, meanwhile, finished 30th overall and ninth in class, losing the championship yet again in the final race.
A late charge by pole-sitter Lapierre and co-driver Ben Hanley saw the DragonSpeed squad finish second in the race, after two incidents by Henrik Hedman early in the race that put the American team one lap behind.
The No. 32 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR01 Nissan finished third, after contact with Olivier Pla’s No. 40 Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissan while battling for the the final podium position with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Pla lost more than 45 seconds during the car’s second-to-final stop, due to a suspected mechanical issue, which took the Greaves Motorsport-run team out of contention for the win after a strong early run by co-driver Nic Jonsson, who had pitted from second.
The GTE championship was also turned upside down, with Beechdean AMR snatching the title with a class win, following issues for the JMW Motorsport Ferrari F458 Italia early in the race.
The No. 99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE of Andrew Howard and AMR factory drivers Darren Turner and Alex MacDowall took a one-lap win over the No. 56 AT Racing Ferrari of Alessandro Pier Guidi.
The Beechdean trio needed to win the race in order to surpass JMW in points.
The JMW entry of Rory Butcher, Rob Smith and Andrea Bertolini, which only needed to finish seventh or higher to take the title, retired in the third hour after gearbox issues and a freak accident involving the LMP3 championship-winning No. 2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3 of Mike Guasch.
The accident brought out the race’s only safety car period, despite both cars eventually getting back to the pits under its own power.
M.Racing – YMR took top class honors in LMP3, with its No. 18 Ligier of Thomas Laurent, Yann Ehrlacher and Alexandre Cougnaud, its first of the season.
It came after a dominant run for the Yvan Mueller-owned squad, which took a two-lap victory over the No. 3 United Autosports Ligier and the No. 9 Graff Racing Ligier, which completed the class podium.
Has there been a WEC round this year where the BoP is close to fair? IMSA (usually) do a better job of balancing.
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