Debut ELMS LMP2 Victory For SMP Racing And Dallara (27.08.17)

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Moscow-based SMP Racing took its debut LMP2 victory in the European Le Mans Series, and the first for the new-for-2017 Dallara chassis. when Matevos Isaakyan, driving the #27 Gibson-powered Dallara P217 he shared with Egor Crudzhev, crossed the line 1:27.817 ahead of the second-placed #22 G-Drive Racing ORECA 07 driven by Memo Rojas, Nicolas Minassian and, taking the final stint, Léo Roussel.

Taking the final podium spot in the LMP2 class was the #32 United Autosports Ligier JSP217 driven to the chequered flag by Filipe Albuquerque, in the car he shares with William Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer. However a post-race penalty for speed limit infractions during the Full Course Yellow periods demoted the #32 entry back to fifth. This promoted the #39 Graff entry piloted by Eric Trouillet, Paul Petit and Enzo Guibbert to the final podium spot.

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DragonSpeed/G-Drive Racing Lock Out ELMS Front Row At Le Castellet (26.08.17)

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Elton Julian’s DragonSpeed locked out the front row in qualifying for the fourth round of the 2017 European Le Mans Series at Le Castellet.

Nicolas Lapierre set a 1:52.761 to take pole-position in the #21 DragonSpeed ORECA 07 he shares with Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley.

Lining up alongside the #21 entry will be sister #22 ORECA 07, racing under the G-Drive Racing banner, after Léo Roussel set a 1:52.905, 0.145 seconds behind Lapierre.

Third on the grid for Sunday August 26’s Four Hours of Le Castellet will be the #39 Graff ORECA 07 in which Enzo Guibert, driving alongside Eric Trouillet and Paul Petit, set a 1:53.051.

Lapierre was delighted at the outcome of what he regarded as a tough qualifying session.

“I’m really enjoying being on top here,” said the French driver. “It was a hard qualification. It was very close and the track was much faster than this morning for whatever reason so we had to adjust for that and push a bit more but in the end I’m really pleased for the team. We did a really good job so very happy to put it on pole. “

Lapierre recognised how close the #22 G-Drive Racing sister car was.

“It was really close. They were really competitive in qualifying. They got pole position last time so every session we have to fight very hard but I’m very glad for the team to have a 1 – 2.”

LMP3 honours went to the #6 360 Racing Ligier PS P3 entry in which Ross Kaiser set an early provisional pole time of 2:02.314, only to better it to 2:02.185 on his last lap in the car he shares with Terrence Woodward and Anthony Wells.

Alex Kapadia snatched second place on the LMP3 grid when he set a 2:02.471 in the final seconds of the session in the #15 RLR MSport Ligier in which he shares the driving duties with John Farano and Morten Dons.

Third on the grid in the LMP3 class will be the #18 M.Racing-YMR Ligier in which Alexandra Cougnaud set a 2:02.608.

#55 SOR a.a. 17.08.26

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LMGTE pole went to #55 Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin/Aaron Scott Spirit Of Race Ferrari F488 GTE in which Griffin set a 2:04.202, .370 seconds quicker than the #77 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR 991 driven by Matteo Cairoli.

Third on the grid in the LMP3 class will be the sister #51 Spirit Of Race Ferrari F488 GTE in which Andrea Bertolini set a 2:04.588.

After taking the second pole-position of the season for the #55 car, Matt Griffin was very satisfied with the outcome.

“It was really good,” said Griffin. “We’ve had a hell of a season this year. We were very unfortunate at Monza where we had an issue caused us a non-finish and we had pole-position there but we won in Austria and the moment the car hit the track here it’s been fantastic.”

“Our main focus has been trying to make the car good for the race and tyre conservation because the temperature is so high. I was still confident going in to qualifying and my engineer, Luca, did a good job and the “Green Machine” was rapid.”

The lights go out for the start of the Four Hours of Le Castellet at 12:00 local time on Sunday August 27.

European Le Mans Series Action Returns At Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet. (23.08.17)

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The 2017 European Le Mans Series returns for Round Four on August 25 – 27 at the Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet, near Marseille.

35 cars will take to the grid for the Four Hours of Le Castellet on Sunday 27, 12 in the LMP2 category, 17 in the ever-popular LMP3 category and six in LMGTE.

In LMP2 the grid will consist of four ORECA 07s, four Ligier JSP217s and four Dallara P217s. Missing from the Round Four grid will be the #34 Tockwith Motorsports Ligier JSP217, previously driven by Nigel Moore and Philip Hanson, after a disagreement about the use of the car in a promotional video filmed at the Tockwith Motorsports facility at York.

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Seb Priaulx Joins HHC Motorsport For Remainder Of 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship (16.08.17)

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After the announcement that Ginetta is to investigate JHR Developments and suspend the Dronfield, Derbyshire-based team from Ginetta competitions until further notice, current championship leader Sebastian Priaulx has announced that he will join HHC Motorsport for the remainder of the 2017 season.

Priaulx and his fellow JHR Developments drivers are not under investigation and Ginetta has confirmed that any outcome of its findings will have no retrospective impact on the drivers or their points.

Priaulx is relieved that a solution to his challenge for the 2017 title has been found.

“This has been a tough situation to deal with over the past few months and I’m relieved to be going into the final races with a clear mind,” said the Guernsey-based driver. “Since the appeal, we have enjoyed some really competitive races, including four race victories.

“Naturally we are disappointed to have had to split from JHR Developments, with whom I’ve had some great success over past eighteen months or so, especially at such a pivotal time of the season with only three meetings remaining.

“This is a matter between JHR Developments and Ginetta however and we have to respect the decision that has been made. I would like to thank both Ginetta and JHR for all they have done to help me stay on the grid for the rest of the season, and to all my sponsors for their understanding in this situation.

“HHC Motorsport are a highly successful and respected team in the Ginetta Junior paddock. I’m looking forward to working with them and I’m confident we can enjoy a successful end to the season together.”

Rounds 19, 20 and 21 of the 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship take place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on August 26 and 27.

Team Parker Racing’s Parfitt And Morris Win At Brands Hatch To Take Championship Lead (06.08.17)

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Rick Parfitt and Seb Morris, driving the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 took a commanding victory in Round Nine of the 2017 British GT Championship, to take the lead in the GT3 Drivers Standings.

Second across the line was the #6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 driven by Liam Griffin and, taking the car to the finish, ex-BTCC driver Sam Tordoff.

Third in the GT3 class was the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 piloted by Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes.

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Minshaw And Keen Reign In The Rain At Brands Hatch (05.08.17)

Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, driving the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 took pole-position on a wet track at Brands Hatch for Round Nine of the 2017 British GT Championship. Starting alongside Minshaw and Keen will be the #24 Macmillan AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn.

Third quickest in the GT3 category was the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 with the driver pairing of Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn.

Prior to the 55-minutes qualifying session, the Kent circuit had been drenched with a downpour, accompanied by a storm, that started at 14:00. As a result the track was wet as the lights went green for the start of GT3 Am 10-minute session. No further rain, however, meant that the track was getting progressively drier with lap-times falling as a result.

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