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ELMS 4 Hours Silverstone 2018

Rendezvous at Silverstone Circuit for the ELMS and the FIA WEC Super Season weekend double header. This is the only time in the season that both series meet and in doing so provide a total of 10 hours of race action in one weekend (4 hours of ELMS and 6 Hours of WEC).

The 4 hours of Silverstone European Le Mans Series race took place on Saturday and was won by the G-Drive Racing (26) trio Roman Rusinov, Andrea Pizzitola and Jean-Eric Vergne. They proved once again to be unbeatable after their third victory in four races, strengthening their lead in the championship as their rivals struggled around them. Their closest rival Racing Engineering (24) crashed out due to a mechanical failure with half an hour to go promoting the Dragonspeed (21) trio Hendrik Hedman, Ben Hanley and Nicolas Lapierre to second place. The IDEC Sports (28) trio Paul Lafargue, Paul Loup-Chatin and Memo Rojas slipped to third place due to a splash & dash in the closing stages of the race.

In the LMP3 category, United Autosports (3) trio Anthony Wells, Garret Grist and Matthew Bell took the win, followed by the Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen Team (7) of Colin Noble, Alex Kapadia and Christian Stubbe-Olsen. Third was the Ultimate Racing Norma M30 (17) of Matthieu and Jean-Baptiste Lahaye with François Heriau.

The GTE class delivered a dramatic finish, determined by 10 second time penalties for the two leading Ferraris and a collision in the last corner for the pursuing Proton Porsche driven by Matteo Cairoli. In the end the Proton Competition (88) Matteo Cairoli, Gianluca Roda and Giorgio Roda were beaten to the finish line by the British JMW Motorsport (66) Ferrari trio Miguel Molina, Liam Griffin and Alex MacDowall by a meager 0.124s.

Enjoy some of the race action from the ELMS weekend with a selection of photos captured throughout the weekend.

Also, stay tuned for a photo-reportage of the FIA WEC race that will be featured in a separate Blog Post.

 

 

ELMS 4 hours of Monza 2018

The second race of the 2018 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) took place at the famous Circuit of Monza in Italy. Built in the Parco di Monza on the outskirts of Milan, this historic racetrack boasts great corners such as Curva di Lesmo, Variante Ascari and Curva Parabolica. With long straights and tight chicanes, Monza is a ‘full throttle’ track that separates the men from the boys.

This year’s overall winners were the G-Drive trio of Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne and Andrea Pizzitola (26) ahead of TDS Racing’s Matthieu Vaxivière, Francois Perrodo and Loic Duval (33). Third were the IDEC Sports team driven by Paul Lafargue, Paul-Loup Chatin and Memo Rojas (28).

The LMP3 category was won by the Eurointernational Ligier of Kay van Berlo and Giorgio Mondini (11) and the GTE-Pro Class victory went to the 'Spirit of Racing' Ferrari F488 GTE of Matt Griffin, Duncan Cameron, and Aaron Scott (55).

Fast, narrow and ‘old-school’, this was my first visit to Monza and I had a great time capturing the action. I hope you enjoy this small selection of photos from the ELMS weekend.