LMP2: TDS wins, Jota again with bad luck
TDS Racing wins the 3H of Red Bull Ring with Beche/Thiriet ahead of Signatech Alpine and Morand Racing.
It’s their 2nd win of the season.
The Zytek Z11SN Nissan from Jota Sport with Turvey/Dolan was on pole after the actual pole time from the Signatech Alpine was cancelled because it was set under yellow flags.
So Sigantech Alpine had to start from the back of the LMP2 class.
Jota Sport had great start with Oliver Turvey dominating the race.
But when Turvey was coming to his first pitstop, he was to fast on the pit straight and got a 30 seconds stop & go penalty.
Turvey was on P4 and then came for a driver change with Simon Dolan, who then made a spin on his outlap.
Dolan had then a great battle for P3 afterwards with the Race Perfomance Oreca 03 from Michel Frey.
Dolan came then for his final pitstop coming in for fuel and then had to settle for 4th.
TDS Racing however wasn’t the fastest on the track, but the consistent.
Despite of small problem at their 2nd pitstop the Oreca 03 Nissan didn’t had any problems and Thiriet was running away with the win.
Boutson Ginion Racing who were the favourites of the race with WEC Lotus LMP2 drivers Holzer/Kraihamer had problems with their Oreca 03 and finished on a disappointing 8th in class.
Also Murphy Prototypes with Hirschi/Hartley had early problems with their Oreca 03 Nissan, they had to retire.
The No. 48 Team Endurance Challenge Oreca FLM 09 with Paul-Loup Chatin and Gary Hirsch took victory in the LMPC class, with
Hirsch holding off a charging Nicolas Verdonck in the final laps for the win ahead of the Algarve Pro Racing PC car.
GTE, GTC: Ferrari all the way
RAM Racing won with Ferrari F458 Italia GTE car, even making a 1-2 ahead other Ferrari from JMW.
The Porsche’s however from Proton Competition, Prospeed and IMSA Perfomance Matmut couldn’t go the pace of the Ferrari’s and were lacking topspeed.
In GTC, we had a great battle between SMP Racing and AF Corse (both Ferrari) in the first hour.
But after a pitstop problem from the AF Corse Ferrari, SMP Racing made a 1-2 win in GTC.
3rd was Ecurie Ecosse Team with the BMW Z4 GT3, maintaining a 100% podium record this year.
The next race of the European Le Mans Series is going to be the 3H of Hungaroring in Hungary at the 14th of September.