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SMP Racing Ricard Win Scores Several ‘Firsts’

Dallara back on top

The European Le Mans Series race win at Paul Ricard for the SMP Racing Dallara P217 saw a number of firsts.

It was the first win anywhere for the Gibson-engined version of the Dallara (following on from multiple wins for the Cadillac-engined DPi version of the car in IMSA competition).

It was the first win in sportscars (in only their second start in the category) for both Matevos Isaakyan and Egor Orudzhev.

It was also the first race win in LMP2 for the SMP Racing team, previous programmes with the Nissan engined Oreca 03 in the WEC and ELMS have seen a WEC Championship win but oddly never a top step of the podium (SMP won in major part due to being the only WEC car home at Le Mans in 2014, gathering a double points win despite a lowly overall finish, Sergei Zlobin clinching the drivers title via the same means in a very lean year for the class in the FIA WEC.

The promising BR01 never won either, its career cut short by the change in regulations that saw the BR Engineering outfit lose its right to build LMP2 chassis.

SMP have won multiple times, in race and Championship terms, in GT categories taking wins and Championships in ELMS (GTC and GTE) and FIA WEC (GTE Am).

As for Dallara the win at Paul Ricard marks the first win for a Dallara-badged LMP chassis in international sportscar racing since 2002 when the Doran Lista Racing Dallara SP1 won at Daytona, and took a final win in Septemper of that year.

The cars went on to race in Europe with ORECA, Rollcentre Racing (who had LMS podium success with one of their pair of cars up into 2005) and (briefly) with Spinnaker (below) before Dallara left the customer chassis LMP market, continuing though (with no little success!) to supply Audi’s LMP1 chassis up until 2014.

They were still active in the DP marketplace with Gen 2 and Gen 3 cars utilising the Dallara Chassis, most recently with Wayne Taylor Racing’s Corvette DP seeing on-track success with a Dallara chassis.

October though should see the emergence of their second current sportscar offering with the SMP Racing-commissioned 2018 LMP1-L car set to hit the track for what DSC believes is set to be a two car effort.