European Le Mans Series Action Returns For Round Four At Le Castellet (24.08.16)

Action resumes in the 2016 European Le Mans Series when a packed grid of 40 cars takes to the track at Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet for the fourth round of what is turning into a highly competitive season.

In LMP2 Kent-based G-Drive Racing, with its #38 Nissan-powered Gibson 015S driven by Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell and Giedo van der Garde, holds a narrow seven-point lead over the #46 Thiriet by TDS ORECA 05. After enjoying the top step of the podium at Red Bull Ring, the Thiriet by TDS driver line-up of Pierre Thiriet, Mathis Beche and, for Circuit Paul Ricard, Mike Conway replacing Ryo Hirakawa, will be pushing hard. The G-Drive Racing squad, however, know the venerable Gibson 015S chassis and Nissan-engine combination very well and will be looking to again show the pace which brought the team victory in the opening round at Silverstone.

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Optimum Motorsport Targets Full Season In 2017 Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup (23.08.16)

Wakefield-based Optimum Motorsport has targeted a full 2017 season entry in the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup.

Optimum Motorsport withdrew its Audi R8 LMS GT3 from the 2016 British GT Championship from the Snetterton round citing frustration at the weight penalties incurred in running two Silver-graded drivers.

The team has entered Round Four of the 2016 Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup with a driver line-up consisting of Optimum Motorsport 24H Series regular Flick Haigh and current British GT Championship AMDtuning.com BMW Z4 GT3 driver Joe Osborne.

“The GT3 Le Mans Cup supports the ELMS package and is a level up from what we have competed in this year,” Team Principal Shaun Goff told EnduranceAndGT.co.uk. “The numbers look to be on the up.”

“We are looking at a full season next year so we’re hoping to have a competitive first outing.”

Round Four of the 2016 Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup takes place at Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet on August 27.

Excitement Builds For Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup Round Four Action At Le Castellet (22.08.16)

The new-for-2016 Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup visits Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet, France for Round 4 on August 27.

With a prize of an entry to the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans being offered to the overall Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup winners, the #34 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage, driven by Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey, leads the Teams Classification, just 16 points ahead of the #55 FFF Racing by ACM McLaren 650S with the driver pairing of Hiroshi Hamaguchi and Arian Quaife-Hobbs.

Missing from the entry list for the two-hour race is the #5 FFF Racing by ACM Lamborghini Huracán GT3 driven by Andrea Caldarelli accompanied by, for Imola, Fu Songyang and, for the Red Bull Ring, Taiyou Iida. The car was driven by Marco Attard and Matt Bell for ‘Road To Le Mans’ in June.

Also missing is the #19 Tockwith Motorsports Audi R8 LMS which has been driven thus far by Phillip Hanson and Nigel Moore.

Additions to the 13-car grid include the #75 Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS which, for this round, will be driven by 24HR Series Optimum regular Flick Haigh and, from the British GT Championship AMDTuning.com BMW Z4 GT3, Joe Osborne. Team Principal Shaun Goff withdrew the Audi R8 LMS from the previous British GT round at Snetterton, citing frustration at being unable to get a competitive performance from the car while carrying the weight penalty for two Silver drivers. It is hoped that Optimum Motorsport’s appearance at Le Castellet is a precursor to a full season entry in 2017.

Barwell Motorsport has entered the #66 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 with Mark Poole and Richard Abra sharing the driving duties. The Lamborghini Huracán GT3, two examples of which are campaigned by Barwell Motorsport in the British GT Championship, has proved very competitive this season and will, no doubt, be at the sharp end of the grid in its Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup debut.

The #7 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari F458 Italia GT3, driven by Luigi Luchinni and Matteo Cressoni, makes a welcome return to the Cup, having previously placed sixth in the first round at Imola in May.

Also missed at the Red Bull Ring but returning for Le Castellet is the #8 Scuderia Villorba Corsa Ferrari F458 Italia, driven by Cédric Mezard and Steeve Hiesse.

The Drivers Classification could not be closer with the #34 TF Sport driver pairing of Salih Yoluc and Euan Hankey leading the standings by just one point ahead of the #72 SMP Racing pairing of Aleksey Basov and Victor Shaitar.

With two rounds still to run after Le Castellet, the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup is still wide open in both the Teams and Drivers Classifications.

Round Four of the 2016 Michelin GT3 e Mans Cup takes place at Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet on August 26 – 27. The first qualifying session starts at 11:15 local time on August 27 with the lights going out for the start of the two-hour race at 17:00. With a prize of a GTE AM entry to the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans as an incentive, the second half of this inaugural season will be fiercely contested.

2016 British GT Championship – Season Finale At Donington Park On September 10 – 11 (21.08.16)

The 2016 British GT Championship draws to a close with the final meeting of the year at Donington Park on the weekend of September 10 – 11.

The meeting will comprise of a two-hour race on Sunday September 11, in contrast to the two one-hour races format which fans enjoyed at a sun-drenched Snetterton on August 7.

The race for the GT3 Teams Championship will be a shoot-out between TF Sport, current leaders, and Barwell Motorsport, double winners at Snetterton, with less than 15 points separating the two teams. TF Sport looked the early favourites at the start of the season with wins in the first two rounds at Brands Hatch and Rockingham and again at Round Six at Spa-Francorchamps. Barwell Motorsport, however, took victories at Oulton Park in Round Three and again at Silverstone and the double-header at Snetterton and will go into the final round at Donington with momentum and confidence,

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Bleekemolen Joins Barwell Motorsport For 24H Barcelona (17.08.16)

Jeroen Bleekemolen has joined the Barwell Motorsport driver line-up for the 24H Barcelona, alongside Mark Poole, Richard Abra and Joe Osborne. The team will enter its highly competitive MP Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3.

The 24H Barcelona will be Barwell Motorsport’s third twice-round-the clock endurance race of the 2016 season. The team contested the Silverstone round of the 24H Series, where, Mark Poole, Richard Abra and Team Principal Mark Lemmer were joined by Team Russia by Barwell driver Timur Sardarov.

In July, the team went on to take a podium place in the Pro-Am Cup at the 24 Hours of Spa when the #33 British GT Championship pairing of Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen were joined by Oliver Gavin and Joe Osborne.

The team are confident that, with Bleekemolen completing driver its line-up, it can compete for the outright victory at the Circuit de Barcelona, Catalunya on September 2 – 4.

“It’s fantastic to be back in the 24 Hour Series again with Mark, Richard and Joe, and great to welcome Jeroen Bleekemolen into the Barwell team,” said Team Principal Mark Lemmer. Last time we did this event in 2013 we were on the outright pole and ran at the front until we holed a radiator. We’ve got a great car, team and driver line up, so we are aiming to go back to Barcelona this time and get the job done.”

“We have unfinished business at this event after our attempt in 2013 so I’m really looking forward to this,” said Richard Abra. “We’ve already tested at Barcelona this year so we are well prepared. Welcome also to Jeroen. With such a strong driver line-up, team and car there are excuses!”

Round 6 of the 2016 24H Series, the 24H Barcelona takes place at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona on September 2 – 4.

Barwell Motorsport Makes It Two In A Row In British GT At Sun-Drenched Snetterton

Barwell Motorsport made it two wins in a row when the #33 Lamborghini Huracán, driven by Phil Keen and, across the line, Jon Minshaw, won race Two (Round Eight) of the 2016 British GT Championship at a sun-drenched Snetterton.

In second place was the #17 TF Sport Aston Martin GT3 driven by Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam. Completing the podium positions was the #7 AMDtuning.com BMW Z4 GT3 driven by Lee Mowle and Jon Osborne, the car that was first across the line but demoted to fifth in Race One.

Phil Keen, in the #33 Barwell Motorsports car, led from pole position, chased by the #17 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 with Jonny Adam at the wheel. Both drivers pushed hard as fastest laps were exchanged.

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