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24h Le Mans
The #25 Algarve Pro Racing Oreca-Gibson scored a second win of the 2023 season with Kyffin Simpson, James Allen and Alex Lynn standing on the top step of the Spa-Francorchamps podium at the end of a race that saw five Safety Cars and three Full Course Yellows.
The #37 COOL Racing Oreca took the LMP2 Pro/Am victory, with Malthe Jakobsen taking the chequered flag in 2nd overall, less than two seconds behind Alex Lynn at the end of the four-hour race. The #83 AF Corse and #34 Racing Team Turkey Orecas were battling for the minor podium places, with Alessio Rovera getting ahead of Louis Delétraz to put the AF Corse Oreca second in class and third overall. However two post race time penalties saw the #34 Oreca being classified ahead of the #83 Oreca.
COOL Racing also celebrated their second win of the weekend in LMP3 when Marcos Siebert crossed the line at the head of the LMP3 field in the #17 Ligier-Nissan. This gave Siebert, Adrien Chila and Alejandro Garcia an almost unassailable lead of 46 points in the championship standings, with 52 available in the final two races in Portugal next month.
The LMGTE win was secured by the #16 Proton Competition Porsche with Belgian driver Alessio Picariello taking the chequered flag for his first ELMS win at his home track just 0.5 second ahead of the #60 Iron Lynx Porsche driven by Matteo Cairoli. However, the winning car was given a 10-second penalty for not respecting the speed under Full Course Yellow and accelerated too soon, which promoted the #60 Porsche into first place.
The last two rounds of the 2023 European Le Mans Series will take place on the Portimão circuit. See you on October 20 for the 4 Hours of Algarve and October 22 for the 4 Hours of Portimão. In the meantime, discover the highlights of the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in the video below.