Swiss-flagged Ferrari GTE effort Luzich Racing have claimed their first entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours by securing the GTE title in the 2019 European Le Mans Series.
The team, owned by Las Vegas businessman Michael Luzich, took the race win at Spa to give the #51 team an unbeatable points margin ahead of the final round next month at Portimao. Alessandro Pier Guidi, Nicklas Nielsen and Fabien Lavergene scored a third win of the season in Belgium.
It’s the second major title in the two-year history of the team after Lavergne and Mikkel Mac claimed the honours in the 2018 International GT Open standings.
The team is still very much in the hunt for a second potential auto entry for the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours. They trail by nine points in the title battle in the Michelin Le Mans Cup to the #8 Kessel Racing squad, the class title here also attracting a Le Mans entry.
Luzich Racing join the four class winners from this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on the auto entry list:
Toyota Gazoo Racing, Signatech Alpine, AF Corse and Team Project 1.
The remaining auto entries from the ELMS standings are all still undecided.
With just the Portimao race to go the potential winners are:
LMP2 (top two cars attract auto entries)
#26 G-Drive Aurus and #28 IDEC Sport ORECA can still win the title.
In addition, the #39 GRAFF ORECA can still claim second spot (and the second auto Le Mans spot)
LMP3 (class winner claims auto entry)
The #11 Eurointernational and #13 Inter Europol Competition Ligiers are tied on points and are the only two teams that can win the title.
GTE (Top two cars claim auto entries)
Luzich Racing have won the title and take the first auto entry.
Four teams are in contention for the second place in the Championship and the second auto entry.
The #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche leads the #83 Kessel Ferrari by 6 points, the #66 JMW Ferrari by 9 points and the #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari by 18 points with a maximum of 26 points still up for grabs in Portugal