24h Le Mans
ELMS – G-Drive Racing wins the 2021 4 Hours of Le Castellet
G-Drive Racing's #26 Aurus 01-Gibson won its first race of the season at the 4 Hours of Le Castellet this afternoon, and is fast catching up to Team WRT in the provisional ELMS championship classification.
After a nail-biting 4 Hours of Le Castellet, G-Drive Racing's #26 Aurus 01-Gibson shared by Roman Rusinov, Franco Colapinto and Nyck de Vries has claimed its first win of the season. Roman Rusinov: "We had some troubles during the first two rounds, so we had to adjust. We adopted a new strategy. I am very happy with this outcome." United Autosports' #22 and #32 ORECA 07-Gibsons rounded out the podium, and desipte winning the first two races of the season, Team WRT's #47 ORECA 07-Gibson finished fifth this weekend. In the provisional championship classification, Team WRT retains the lead with 60 points, but now G-Drive Racing only trails by three.
Association SRT41's #41 ORECA 07-Gibson entered in the Innovative Car class finished in 25th place. The prototype had previously participated in the 4 Hours of Barcelona in preparation for the 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans (21-22 August). The car is shared by two disabled drivers, Nigel Bailly and Aoki Takuma.
DKR Engineering's #4 Duqueine M30-D08-Nissan delivered a flawless race in LMP3 and the Luxembourg tream dominated the competition thanks to the speed of driver Laurents Hörr. Cool Racing's #19 Ligier JS P320-Nissan, recent two-time winner at Barcelona and the Red Bull Ring, reached the second step on the podium with United Autosports' #2 Ligier JS P320-Nissan rounding out the top 3.
In LMGTE, though TF Sport's #95 Aston Martin Vantage AMR took the start in pole position, Iron Lynx's #80 Ferrari F488 GTE Evo scored the win in this class. Matteo Cressoni, Rino Mastronardi and Miguel Molina crossed the finish line with a 21-second lead on Spirit of Race's #55 Ferrari. The Italian marque even pulled off a hat trick with AF Corse's #88 completing the podium.
The next round of the 2021 European Le Mans Series season is set for 11 July at the Monza circuit in Italy. Also, don't miss the 8 Hours of Portimão, the second race of Season 9 of the FIA World Endurance Championship, next weekend!