The #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 has gone two weekends with two race wins. A win last weekend at the World Endurance Chamipnship’s Spa-Francorchamps round, and a second win today at the European Le Mans Series 4 Hours of Monza.
Second in class was the #33 TDS Racing Oreca 07 who started the race all the way at the back after having their qualifying times cancelled after an infringement was found in the post-qualifying inspection.
Completing an Oreca 1-2-3 was the #28 IDEC Sport Oreca 07 with Paul Loup Chatin, Paul Lafargue, and Memo Rojas. A great stint from Lafargue helped that car to a podium finish in the extremely competitive LMP2 class.
All of that came after an incident strewn race that saw the Safety Car in action four times and a catalogue of LM2 battles that saw more than half of the field in podium contention at various points.
In the LMP3 category, the #11 Eurointernational Ligier JSP3 driven by Giorgio Mondini and Kay Van Berlo took first place, some four seconds ahead of the #6 360 Racing Ligier JSP3 driven by Terrence Woodward, Ross Kaiser and James Swift. It is the second victory of Eurointernational and Giorgio Mondini in the LMP3 category of the ELMS. It is also a sixth consecutive victory for the Ligier JSP3.
Taking the final podium position was the #3 United Autosport Ligier JSP3 shared by Anthony Wells, Garret Grist and Matt Bell.
In the first hour, the pole sitting car – the #17 Ultimate Racing Norma M30 – led the race but the car soon ran through some trouble: Francois Heriau was nearly taken off the track at Turn 4 by the #20 Racing For Poland Ligier JSP3. Later on, that car was black and orange flagged for having a loose rear piece of bodywork.
After the Norma left the head of the race, three cars on identical pit strategies emerged as serious contenders for the win: the #2 United Autosport Ligier JSP3, the #11 Eurointernational Ligier JSP3 and the #13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier JSP3. The three cars raced neck to neck in the final hour with the #2 taking first position after the car’s final pitstop.
But drama hit the track only ten minutes before the chequered flag as John Falb’s car suffered a puncture after a hit from the #27 IDEC Sport Ligier LMP2 and pitted. The #13 also had to pit in the final moments of the race for a dash of fuel. This opened second and third place for the #6 and the #3 respectively.
In GTE the #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE with Matt Griffin, Duncan Cameron, and Aaron Scott took home the win after holding onto the lead in the class for a majority of the race.
One of the only Porsches in class to have a clean day was the #77 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR GTE who finished the race in second.
Rounding out the podium was the #80 Ebimotors Porsche 911 RSR GTE with Fabio Babini, Ricardo Pera, and Raymond Narac.