24h Le Mans
ELMS – 36-car grid for the Portimão grand finale
The 2020 European Le Mans Series reaches its climax at the 4 Hours of Portimão on 1 November. An impressive total of 36 cars will line up in the three classes (LMP2, LMP3 and LMGTE).
Although United Autosports clinched the team and driver titles at the 4 Hours of Monza, four cars are still in the running for a golden ticket to race in the LMP2 class at the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans. The #26 Aurus 01-Gibson of G-Drive Racing will be up against a trio of Oreca 07-Gibson prototypes (#32 United Autosports, #39 Graff, #31 Panis Racing). All in all, there will be 14 LMP2 entries in the Algarve.
Who will claim the LMP3 crown and an invitation to next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans? The United Autosports #2 Ligier JS P320-Nissan tops the standings but, following a retirement at Le Castellet 240 and a third place at Monza, the chasing pack has closed the gap. Will the Anglo-American team crack under the pressure from three other Ligier JS P320-Nissan entries – #13 (Inter Europol Competition), #8 (Realteam Racing) and #11 (Eurointernational)? Twelve cars will take to the track in this class.
The LMGTE title will come down to a two-way fight between the #74 Ferrari 488 GTE EVO of Kessel Racing and the #77 Porsche 911 RSR of Proton Competition. However, with the top two cars in the final standings earning a slot on the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans grid, a faux pas by one of the two contenders could open the door to the #83 Ferrari driven by Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting and Manuela Gostner, or the #55 Ferrari of Spirit of Race. The LMGTE class is bolstered for the final race of the season by the presence of the #88 Ferrari 488 GTE EVO (AF Corse) and the #86 Porsche 911 RSR (Gulf Racing), taking the number of entries up to ten.
With a 36-strong field, the 4 Hours of Portimão promises a thrilling climax to the ELMS season.
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