The incredible Le Mans week will start tomorrow in the heart of the city of Le Mans at the Place de la République for the traditional scrutineering ceremony Via Team press/Marie …
“Of all the acts, the most complete is the one to build” Paul Valéry Everything is in place and ready around the Circuit de la Sarthe, so is also So24! by …
“Of all the acts, the most complete is the one to build” Paul Valéry
Everything is in place and ready around the Circuit de la Sarthe, so is also So24! by Lombard Racing, concentrating and preparing for the most beautiful endurance race in the world.
Vincent Capillaire is the local hero and can’t wait until he can start his home race, which he has completed twice in the LMP2 category until today. In 2014, he drove the n°24 ORECA 03 of Sébastien Loeb Racing to the 8th place in the general classification with his team mates, and 4th in the LMP2 category. The following year was not as successful, as the Signatech Alpine A450b was forced to withdraw after an accident. In 2016, he will be the Silver driver of the So24! by Lombard Racing Team.
British driver, Jonathan Coleman is eager to discover the most impressive endurance race in the world. He drove in the LMP2 category in 2015 and beginning of 2016 in the European Le Mans Series, but will be at the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the very first time next week. The Bronze driver has gone through all the mandatory steps, by driving the ten laps at the test and going through the ACO simulator training.
The second French driver Erik Maris, joined the team only a week days ago, before the test and will be racing Le Mans 24 Hours for the third time. In 2014 he was at the wheel of an LMGTE Am Porsche 911 GT3 and at the wheel of a Ligier JS P2 in 2015 with Oak racing. He share the wheel of the n°22 Ligier JSP2 with his team mates on Test day last Sunday.
Three questions to local star Vincent Capillaire
How do you feel about the 24 Hours of Le Mans ?
This race is very special to me, first of all because I was born in Le Mans, just 300 meters from the circuit in Tertre Rouge, so I have a strong link with the track. In addition, I leave here, and I work here as an instructor. In fact, I am a race driver for the 24 Hours, but I also teach and train drivers and competitors all year long.
So you really know the track ?
Yes, I spend a lot of time on this circuit and I know a lot about how it changes during the day, at what time the sun shines here or there and therefore where the track will be hot or cool. As we know it’s not a permanent track, so it will change a lot from the start to the end of the race and I can share some tips with my teammates.
Tell us about your past experience at the 24 Hours
In 2014 I drove with French team Sebastien Loeb Racing, which was made of two rookies and we finished 4th of the LMP2 category and 8th overall. That was really a great race. Last year with Signatech Alpine we were unlucky because we had to withdraw, but that’s racing. Anyway, Le Mans is always great!
Next meeting with So24! by Lombard Racing : The 24 Hours of Le Mans
Sunday June 12th : 2:00 pm Technical and adminitrative cheks in thoree center of Le Mans – Place de la République
Saturday June 18th / Sunday 19th : 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016
“If you trust yourself, you will inspire trust to the others.” Goethe The next step for French Mulsanne-based team So24! by Lombard Racing will be the 4 Hours of Imola, second …
“If you trust yourself, you will inspire trust to the others.” Goethe
The next step for French Mulsanne-based team So24! by Lombard Racing will be the 4 Hours of Imola, second round of the 2016 European Le Mans Series season, to take place on the famous Italian circuit next Sunday May 15th.
Via Team Press Officer
Imola circuit is a special race track in the city. El Autodromo Enzo & Dino Ferrari is known to be a very technical track, quite complicated for the drivers, with numerous curbs and chicanes, which necessitate good driving skills. In addition, it is one of the few racetracks which are run anticlockwise. That’s where we go now!
To start with, Imola was the fabulous scenery of the international victory of Olivier Lombard in 2011. At that time, it was the ILMC, the origin of what has become the ELMS. Oliver, who will be driving the n°22 Ligier JS P2 next Sunday, had entered the race at the wheel of Greaves Motorsport LMP2 and won the category on Italian soil.
In 2014, co drivers Vincent Capillaire and Jonathan Coleman respectively ended the ELMS race on the 2nd step of the podium (Sebastien Loeb Racing) and 6th (Pegasus Racing) in the LMP2 category.
So, in the end, the coming race is not a journey into some unknown territory for the So24! by Lombard Racing driver line-up, but more like a new rendezvous, with serious aims and references. After their 3rd place podium at Silverstone (and 1st of the Ligier crews), So24! by Lombard Racing will aim to continue its way towards team stability with one main goal: scoring additional points.
In addition to their great motivation coming into Imola, the team is also happy and proud to count on additional partners for the rest of the season. It’s always good news to see that others believe in you and trust the project and the people around it.
Now the team will aim at endorse the drivers and crew talents with the n°22 Ligier JS P2, after the great start in Silverstone, for a team that did not exist only four months ago. What a performance!
Forza So24! by Lombard Racing and Forza Imola!
3 questions to Olivier Lombard before Imola
How many times did you race at Imola, and what is your best souvenir?
It will be only my second race on the this racetrack, so of course my best memory is my LMP2 victory here in 2011 with Greaves Motorsports. At that time the endurance series was called ILMC (International Le Mans Cup). It’s a racetrack that I really appreciate, as there is a good rhythm, and you need to give all you can to make the difference. In addition, this race is somehow my home race as I have the double French-Italian nationality (from Turin). I will do my best to perform well in Italy one more time!
After your podium in Great-Britain, how do you feel about Imola, the last race before the 24 Hours of Le Mans ?
At Silverstone, it was the very first race of the team, and all of us (team and drivers) were discovering the car in race conditions. Now that I know how it feels, how to deal with it, I will be able to look for speed and true performance. My objectives are the same, I want to do all I can to achieve good results and score as many points as possible.
You have new partners on the car in Italy…
Yes, it’s really great to see that our project is interesting people and companies, that our ambitions increase the confidence that they put into our team. We have three additional partners Leclerc, Audika and JBL Harman, for which I am proud to carry high the colours on an international level in motorsports, as Raphaël Varane does in football (Real Madrid).
Next meeting with So24! by Lombard Racing, Jonathan Coleman, Vincent Capillaire and Olivier Lombard : 4 Hours of Imola ELMS Sunday 15th May 2016.
▪ Free Practice 1: Friday 13rd May – 14h40
▪ Free Practice 2: Saturday 14th May – 9h35
▪ Qualifying Practice: Saturday -13h50, LMP2 will be on track at 14h30
▪ Race: Sunday 15th May – 14h00
Go to officialwebsite to follow the qualifying and the race LIVE!
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“Ideally, we are what we think we are, in real life, we are what we accomplish in our lives”. Ayrton Senna Via SPo24! by Lombard Racing/Marie Pierre Dupasquier Photo @So24! …
“Ideally, we are what we think we are, in real life, we are what we accomplish in our lives”.
Via SPo24! by Lombard Racing/Marie Pierre Dupasquier
Photo @So24! by Lombard Racing MD
Next Saturday, April 16th at 2 :30pm, will be the real start of the 2016 European Le Mans Series season, in Silverstone – Great Britain. French, Mulsanne-based So24! by Lombard Racing is setting up and getting ready to take on the 14 other LMP2 cars at Round 1 : The 4 Hours of Silverstone.
Last month, as the team made its first test at Le Castellet for the official test session, they achieved what they were expecting as planned. Their first objectives was to make the first car’s laps and give every driver enough driving time to get used to the car and to each other. The main goal was to get the team together and learn how to work with one another. Jean Lombard Team Principal was very happy with the test days : “We really started from a blank page and understood most of what we need to in the car. We did not look for a special fast time in France, we just wanted to get the team together and bring them around and proud to be part of this special project which is So24! by Lombard Racing.”
The first round of the 2016 ELMS will somehow be “Jono’s” race, as taking place in Silverstone, it is surely his home race. Olivier Lombard and Vincent Capillaire on their sides, will give what it needs to figure on a good place on the timesheets, and to score the team’s first points.
We* met Jonathan Coleman, Local Hero before the race :
Silverstone is the first ELMS meeting and your home race. In what state of mind are you?
“Yes, Silverstone will be my home race. So it will be quite a responsibility to do well. I love this race, and it will be very special, there is always a great crowd there as we race with the World Endurance Championship. I love driving this track, it’s high speed, it’s demanding. It’s one of my favourite tracks.”
*So, is your family going to be there?
Most probably, for sure we will have special guests, and friends around. I will not say I will try harder, because you always try hard when you get into the car, but it would be nice to have a good result in front of my home crowd.
What is your plan with So24! by Lombard Racing in Silverstone?
“We have to be realistic. It’s the first race for the team and for the car… and I know we will learn from Silverstone. I know everyone will do his best, and it will be one of the stones we put down building up the story of So24! by Lombard Racing. We want to have a good race, a good drive of each three of us, and make the better out what we have. Our objective is to finish the race before all and tick the box before we take the next step.
Also, we have to respect the fact that there are a lot of very good teams on track and with a lot of experience which we don’t have yet. We have to work hard to get to their level, and that’s what we will do over the year. We are at the bottom of the ladder and still have many steps to climb up.”
Can you tell us about your last race(s) in Silverstone?
“Well, yes, I raced at the last two ELMS events with another French team, Pegasus Racing, driving a Morgan Sport Prototype. In 2014, I qualified the car, and we were doing well until we run out of fuel… It was bad luck. Last year in 2015, I started the race, but was involved in an accident which badly damaged the car. We lost a lot of time for repairs, but we made it to the chequered flag. Obviously, it was not a good result for the car nor the championship, but it was definitely a great performance from the team and the guys.
This time will be my first time driving a closed Prototype with the Ligier JS P2 n°22. I can’t wait!
Rendez-vous with So24! by Lombard Racing, Jonathan Coleman, Vincent Capillaire and Olivier Lombard for the first free practice sessions on Friday, April 15th, at 9 :00 am (local time). The second free practice will start at 2:45 pm until 4:15. Qualifying starts at 10:50 am on Saturday with the LMGTE, followed by the LMP3 category and finally the LMP2 (10mn each).
The green flag for the start of the race will be be waived at 2 :30pm on Saturday April 16th.
Follow the race on, and keep in touch with So24! by Lombard Racing on our page all along the race week-end.
“On est orgueilleux quand on a quelque chose à perdre, et humble quand on a quelque chose à gagner.” Henry James Les concurrents de l’European Le Mans Series ont …
“On est orgueilleux quand on a quelque chose à perdre, et humble quand on a quelque chose à gagner.”
Les concurrents de l’European Le Mans Series ont enfin entamé leur saison sur le circuit Paul Ricard dans le sud de la France, lors de la séance d’essais officielle des 22 et 23 mars. Parmi elles, la nouvelle venue So24! by Lombard Racing, avec la Ligier JS P2 Judd n°22 qui sera pilotée tout au long de l’année par le trio Olivier Lombard, Vincent Capillaire et le Britannique Jonathan Coleman.
Via Mapidu Media/Photo ERDA
L’objectif principal de ce premier rendez-vous étant de faire connaissance et de découvrir la voiture, les membres de l’équipe ne cherchaient pas à établir de performance, mais bien à réaliser un shakedown grandeur nature. Les trois pilotes se sont relayés régulièrement, afin d’offrir à chacun d’entre eux un temps de roulage équilibré et à l’équipe technique des points de références en vue de la saison ELMS et des 24 Heures du Mans.
Ils ont ainsi participé à cinq séances de roulage, dont une de nuit mardi soir et complété près de 1 400 kilomètres sur le tracé 5,791 km du circuit Paul Ricard, sans rencontrer le moindre problème. Avec 123 tours mardi (dont 23 de nuit), et 118 mercredi, l’équipe peut se réjouir de cette première prise en main qui a répondu à toutes les attentes techniques et humaines.
Rencontre avec Patrick Grandidier, team manager de So24! by Lombard Racing
Vous arrivez sur le circuit Paul Ricard avec une nouvelle voiture, un équipage qui doit apprendre à se connaître, un trio de pilotes qui n’a encore jamais partagé la même voiture… Comment ça se passe ?
C’est évident ! Avec de telles conditions de découverte des uns et des autres, rien n’était joué d’avance puisque nous partions, tous ensemble, d’une page entièrement blanche. Si nous avons entamé les préparatifs de la création de l’écurie en novembre, physiquement les personnes et le matériel ont commencé à être mis en place à partir du 15 janvier. Nous avons créé une équipe de toute pièce en à peine deux mois… cela va de l’embauche du personnel à la mise en place des locaux, de la réception de la voiture à l’achat du matériel… C’est presque un miracle d’être présent au prologue ELMS.
Nous sommes arrivés ici avec une équipe 100% neuve et une voiture qui n’avait absolument jamais roulé et des personnes qui pour la plus grande partie ne se connaissaient pas, sauf pour les quatre mécaniciens qui ont déjà travaillé ensemble par le passé. C’est un atout considérable.
Comment avez-vous abordé cette toute première séance d’essais ?
Nous avons été très clairs dès le départ, il n’était pas question de chercher la performance ou de tenter de « claquer » des temps, et il était hors de question de se mettre la pression. On ne connaissait pas la voiture, l’ingénieur ne connaissait pas les pilotes, idem pour le moteur Judd, bref, il fallait créer une osmose, une synergie. Notre objectif n°1 était avant tout faire un bon shakedown de la voiture, de faire connaissance et de créer la cellule qui va nous unir sur toute la saison, ensuite l’idée était de faire rouler la voiture et d’aligner les kilomètres…
Et comment s’est déroulée la prise en main ?
Hier (mardi) nous avons couvert 123 tours, dont 23 de nuit, et n’avons rencontré aucun problème avec la voiture. J’ai été impressionné par l’équipe de mécaniciens, c’est grâce à l’expérience acquise ensemble par le passé, mais tout même l’environnement était nouveau, les ingénieurs, la voiture, les pilotes… ils ont bossé comme une équipe déjà très bien rodée. C’est vraiment superbe. Mercredi, nous avons commencé à travailler les réglages et à faire faire des runs plus long pour chaque pilote, là encore en emmagasinant des informations qui nous seront utiles dans la préparation des prochains rendez-vous.
Vincent Capillaire, Olivier Lombard et Jonathan Coleman ont-ils joué le jeu ?
Fantastique, oui, absolument. Et pourtant ce n’était pas forcément évident, un pilote a toujours une envie farouche d’être devant les autres et je les comprends bien… Mais ils ont bien assimilé les objectifs, ils ont fait exactement ce qu’il fallait pour que notre séance soit un succès.
Vincent, en provenance de chez Alpine en WEC l’année dernière a évidemment envie de montrer son potentiel, mais il sait aussi que la construction de la base est importante. Olivier n’avait pas roulé dans un proto depuis presque deux ans, et enfin Jonathan est un gentleman driver qui n’avait pas non plus évolué en piste depuis quelques temps. Ils devaient impérativement comprendre qu’en qualité de nouvelle équipe en formation, on allait être 4 ou 5 secondes plus lents en début d’exercice… Il fallait qu’ils se trouvent et qu’ils se comprennent, ils ont avancé étape par étape et ont préservé la voiture… tout a parfaitement fonctionné.
Au final, tout en restant humble et prudent, à la fin de ceux deux journées de roulage, nous sommes globalement dans la même seconde que les voitures de têtes. Une belle surprise pour toute l’équipe.
Comment êtes-vous organisé dans l’équipe ?
Initialement, nous avions prévu une équipe de dix personnes, au final pour les raisons logistiques et de règlement, nous serons 12, plus les pilotes. C’est une petite équipe, mais c’est aussi notre année d’apprentissage. Notre objectif en 2016 est de marquer des points dans les manches de l’European Le Mans Series et aux 24 Heures du Mans, mais nous avons une vision à long terme. La saison 2017 apportera son lot de changements, notamment au niveau technique et règlement, mais l’équipe aura déjà vécu une saison, et nous entrerons dans la deuxième phase de l’histoire de So24! by Lombard Racing.
Rendez-vous dans trois semaines en Angleterre pour les 4 Heures de Silverstone ELMS, la première manche de la saison qui se disputera en marge du Championnat du Monde d’Endurance WEC. Nous ferons un point avec Jonathan Coleman pour la présentation de sa course à domicile…
4 Hours of Silverstone GBR : 16/04/2016
4 Hours of Imola ITA : 15/05/2016
4 Hours of Red Bull Ring AUT : 17/07/2016
4 Hours of Le Castellet FRA : 28/08/2016
4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps BEL : 25/09/2016
4 Hours of Estoril PRT : 23/10/2016
So24! by Lombard Racing achieved his goal at the season launch test
“We are proud when we have something to lose , and humble when you have something to gain”
The European Le Mans Series competitors started the season at Le Castellet in the south of France with the official test session on March 22nd and 23rd. Amongst them the brand new team So24! by Lombard Racing and the n°22 Ligier JS P2 Judd, which will be in the hands of Jonathan Coleman, Vincent Capillaire and Olivier Lombard in 2016.
The main goal of this very first getting together was to get to know each other, to discover the car, and the team members were by no mean on the circuit to track special performances. No, they were determined to do a real and complete shakedown of the car, in real situation. The three drivers shared duties in order for each of them to have enough track time and for the technical team to find their base references for the coming ELMS season and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
They participated in the five sessions, one being at night, and completed just 1 400 kilometres of the 5.791 km circuit Paul Ricard, without any problem on the car. With 123 laps on Tuesday (23 during night session) and 118 on Wednesday, the team is very pleased, both on a technical and on a human subject matter.
A word with Patrick GRANDIDIER, So24! by Lombard Racing team manager.
Your team came to the circuit Paul Ricard with a brand new car, a brand new crew and a driver line-up that did not know each other, how did it go?
Of course, with such a situation of new people everywhere that needed to get to know each other, we did not really know what to expect. We started this whole team from scratch, really! In November we built it up ‘on paper’, but we got people together only from January 15th on. This means that we created a team in just two months… and we are speaking about the staff as well as the car, the location of the team, the technical material and tools… every single part of the team is new. It’s almost a miracle that we made it to the ELMS Prologue here.
The car had not run even once, the mechanics and people who will be working on, in and around the car did not know each other, all but four mechanics that already have worked together in the past… and this was a true advantage!
How did you manage this first test?
We made it very simple and very clear from the beginning. There was no intention to look for best lap times or any kind of performance. There was absolutely no pressure on any person. We did not know this car, the engineer did not know the drivers, nor the Judd engine, we needed to create harmony and osmosis before anything else. Our main goal was to do the car shakedown, to meet one another and to build that team which is going to spend this season together for the first time. In addition, it was a matter of completing numbers of laps to understand the car.
And how did that work out?
Yesterday (Tuesday) we completed 123 laps, 23 of them in the night condition, and did not encounter any kind of problem on the car. It was great and I was very impressed by the mechanics, the experience they have gained in the past was a real asset for the team, but still, everything else was new and they worked as if the team already had a long history. It’s impressing. On Wednesday we started to work on the car set-ups and long runs for the drivers. Again, we decided to gather information before anything else.
How did Vincent Capillaire, Oliver Lombard and Jonathan Coleman manage the test?
They were great, absolutely. And we know that it’s not easy for a driver as he wants to show what he is there for, that is be in front. I can understand that, but they got our objectives right, and did exactly what we wanted them to do, to have a successful test session. Vincent was in WEC last year with Alpine and of course, he wants to show what his potential is, but at the same time he knows very well that the construction of the basis is very important. Olivier had not sat in a sport prototype in the last two years and Jonathan is a gentleman driver that had not raced much for a while either. It was important for them to understand that we were going to be behind other teams to start with and that they needed to find their marks and understand, that’s exactly what they did. They worked step by step, discovered and took care of the car… it’s just all perfect.
At the end, while being humble and careful, we end up in the same second than the leaders. It’s a good surprise for everyone.
How did you organise the team ?
At first we had planned on a ten people crew, but at the end, because of different parameters such as logistics and regulations, we are 12 plus the drivers. It’s a small team, but it is also our learning season. Our objectives in 2016 is to score points at every ELMS race and finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but we have a long term mission. In 2017 a lot of things will be new in the championship (regulation and technical), but the team will have learned how to work together and we will start the second stage of the story of So24! by Lombard Racing.
In just three weeks, on April 16th will be the first ELMS Round with the 4 Hours of Silverstone, which will take place on the same week-end as the World Endurance Championship in Great Britain. In the mean time we will have an interview with Jonathan Coleman presenting his home race.
Stay Tuned !
4 Hours of Silverstone GBR : 16/04/2016
4 Hours of Imola ITA : 15/05/2016
4 Hours of Red Bull Ring AUT : 17/07/2016
4 Hours of Le Castellet FRA : 28/08/2016
4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps BEL : 25/09/2016
4 Hours of Estoril PRT : 23/10/2016
Photo by ©JB Photo/José Bispo Today, March 28, began, officially, the 2017 season of ELMS With the prologue going on this year in Monza, ELMS 2017 will bring together the folks …
Photo by ©JB Photo/José Bispo
Today, March 28, began, officially, the 2017 season of ELMS
With the prologue going on this year in Monza, ELMS 2017 will bring together the folks for two days of free practice where the different competitors will meet for the first time.
There will be five free practice sessions, one by night (Tuesday 28 March between 19.00 and 21.00 Italian time), two in the morning, and two in the afternoon.
The list of participants has 41 participants divided by the three classes involved: LMP2 (13), LMP3 (21) and LMGTE (7). Of these, there are 6 Ligier JS P217 in LMP2, 4 Oreca 07 LMP2 and 3 Dallara P217 LMP2. All of them with Gibson engine.
In the LMP3, there will be 19 Ligier JS P3 and two new Norma M30 that make their debut, this year, in the Le Mans Series championship.
As for the LMGTE, we have two Aston Martin V8 Vantage, two Porsche 911 RSR and three Ferrari, two 488 GTE and one 458 Italia.
Algarve Pro featured in first free pratice
The Portuguese team Pro Algarve was featured in the first test session. Ligier JS P217, that ran in the last few days in Imola with Andŕea Roda, got in between the two Oreca of Dragon Speed (1st) and G-Drive Racing (3rd), making the second fastest time of the session from to the 0.141s faster.
It is also worth mentioning that the Portuguese team has already announced their alignment of drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans where they will have the experience of Vincent Capillaire, Mark Patterson and Mat McCurry and with the support of SO24!.
The United Autosports’ Ligier JS P217 # 32, at the wheel of which Filipe Albuquerque returns to ELMS in 2017, finished for the 6th time, having ran only 34 laps (A little more than half of the laps done by ALgarve Pro # 25).
The first ELMS race is held at Silverstone on Saturday, April 15.
The 24h of Le Mans are there! Although the race will only happen June 18 and 19, in fact, Les Mans begins long before the competition itself because the teams have …
The 24h of Le Mans are there! Although the race will only happen June 18 and 19, in fact, Les Mans begins long before the competition itself because the teams have obligations that only by special permission of the organization could be not done.
Last Sunday, June 5, held the test day which is more than a day of testing. First it is required, only a pilot can be provided by special permission of the organization. This was the case of Joao Barbosa, Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon; all involved in races taking place in the United States.
Another important issue has to do with drivers who have never raced at Le Mans or that did not run in the last five years. All drivers in this situation will have to meet a minimum of 10 laps of the circuit, under penalty of not being allowed to run on the day of the race. Example of a pilot in these circumstances is Jonathan Coleman from SO24! by Lombard Racing.
Still these details, the test day is a day where each team tries to monetize the chosen setup for the testing and fine-tuning box actions. Sign up each team can only have two aerodynamic setups for the entire season, and what is used at Le Mans is the lowest downforce and what remains will have to answer to the best possible compromise for most championship tracks (the setup lower aerodynamic load is only used in Le Mans and Spa-Fracorchamps).
So how was last Sunday for the teams / drivers involved?
Porsche started to open hostilities with the two 919 Hybrid to make 3:22, and the Porsche 919 Hybrid # 2 of Marc Lieb made the best time: 3: 22: 334, beating his teammate Mark Webber by the difference of 0: 00: 221.
The Audi R18 also ran in the second 22 and the Toyota TS050 Hybrid were more conservative, responding to a different strategic plan (Toyota runs for the first time this season with the lower support aerodynamic setup). In the afternoon the Audi R18 # 8 was the fastest, and made the best time of 3: 21: 375 with Lucas di Grassi at the wheel; followed by the two Porsche 919 and the second Audi R18.
As regards the private LMP1, no surprises. The Rebellion # 13 made the best time of 3: 27: 062 followed by the # 12 Rebellion and Bykolles # 4.
The LMP2 confirmed the existing large competitiveness in class, leaving all 23 competitors in only 0: 08: 897 difference between first (Eurasia Motorsport Oreca 05-Nissan # 33) and last (SO 24 By Lombard Racing Ligier JS P2-Judd! # 22). The first Ligier JS P2 Nissan comes in 11th (Panis Barthez Competition) and the leaders of the WEC (RGR by Morand) arise in the last third of the table. A 24-hour race is very long and the 24 hours of Le Mans is considered the toughest championship endurance race. So far and despite the excellent initial performance of the ORECA, the best classification obtained was the 3rd place (against a 1st and two 2nd of Ligier and 1st Alpine).
Filipe Albuquerque of RGR by Morand comments how was the test day for the team:
“We didn’t what we wanted and we didn´t worked on the setup as we had planned. We will have to do all this in race situation. But we know we have a good base and the Ligier is competitive. We’ll have to be quick to find the setting to not stay at a disadvantage. But I am optimistic and aware that, we are able to win and continue to lead the Championship. “
Jean Lombard, Team Principal SO24! By Lombard, concerns about the test day and the expectations for the team:
“Nous comptons deux pilotes Bronze dans notre équipe, et Jonathan n’a jamais participé aux 24 Heures du Mans … Il était donc primordial pour les trois pilotes, de prendre la mesure du terrain et de la voiture sur ce circuit. Nous n’avons pas cherché la performance, mais plutôt travaillé sur les réglages. D’autre part, Erik Maris qui nous a rejoints récemment, devait aussi prendre en main la voiture. Même s’il connaît Le Mans pour avoir participé à la course l’année dernière, il ne connaissait pas la Ligier-Judd. Cette journée test a donc réellement été une journée de travail pour toute l’équipe. Rendez-vous mercredi 15 juin pour la suite de l’aventure.”
Jacob Greaves, Team Principal of Greaves Motorsport confirms that this test day is no more than a day of hard work inserted in the overall strategy of a team that intends to participate with dignity in the 24 hours of Le Mans.
“This was a successful test for Greaves Motorsport today, we had a long list of things to get through and managed to complete our target despite the premature end to the day. Our partners, Nissan, Ligier and Dunlop made their usual significant contribution to the program, and all our drivers qualified for the race. We are looking forward to a few days off at the end of next week before Scrutineering and the run up to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
The LMGTE was dominated by Corvette (PRO and AM) who performed the best times. The Ferrari 488 GTE, # 71 and # 51, had mechanical problems and spent much of the day in the box, leaving it only on the afternoon with Gianmaria Bruni who made the 5th best time in the Ferrari 488 GTE # 51 Scuderia Corse. The Aston Martin Vantage V8 of Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana made the sixth time between the LMGTE AM.
Thiriet by TDS Racing wins the 4 hours of Imola on Sunday, beating G-Drive, the Silverstone winners, under torrential rain. The 4 hours of Imola, the second round of the European …
Thiriet by TDS Racing wins the 4 hours of Imola on Sunday, beating G-Drive, the Silverstone winners, under torrential rain.
The 4 hours of Imola, the second round of the European Le Mans Series, held Sunday at the Circuit Enzo and Dino Ferrari, near Imola, Italy. The race took place under torrential rain early that forced initially to the situation of “full Course Yellow” and after the entry of the Safety Car.
The Safety Car was the star that “commanded” the race to the end of 4 hours, freezing the relative positioning of the cars at the third hour and frustrating the hopes of those who still believed they could do a little more until the end of the race.
Jacob Greaves, owner of Greaves Motorsports confessed at the end of the race: “We made up ground during the course of the race but the weather further hampered our efforts and the intervention of the Safety Car stopped us from making any further progress up the leader board.”
The race did not go as planned to anyone, perhaps even the Thiriet by TDS Racing who was crowned winner, but not everyone saw this as a problem. Olivier Lombard, the SO24! By Lombard Racing even saw a positive race: “As for every meeting, we came here with the objectives of doing our job the best possible way, to adapt to the car and adapt the car to the three of us. That’s exactly what we did, and we did progress in qualification. Concerning my race stints, I took over just before it started to rain, so I did not really have a chance to do anything great. What really matters is that we did not have any problem on the car, and this another good news before the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
As for the race, we can say that the Oreca dominated. From the outset the Oreca Nissan # 21 Dragonspeed, driven by Nicolas Lapierre takes over and get a comfortable lead over the second classified, the Oreca Nissan Thiriet by TDS Racing, piloted by Pierre Thiriet that would be overtaken by Ligier JS P2, Panis Barthez Compétition, led by Paul-Loup Chatin.
In the first pit stop the Dragonspeed had a driver’s change while their two opponents not. Consequently Paul-Loup Chatin got over the Oreca of Dragonspeed and took the lead.
In the second pit stop, Paul-Loup Chatin gave way for Fabien Barthez (Panis Barthez Compétition) and Pierre Thiriet for Ryo Hirakawa (Thiriet by TDS Racing). The Japanese rider better prepared for these things of racing, had no difficulty in reaching the Ligier of Fabien Barthez, surpassing him in Rivazza curve and easily winning a 10s advance.
Even with two burnouts (full course yellow) during his turn, Hirakawa (Thiriet by TDS Racing) managed to keep the distances and deliver the car to his teammate Mathias Beche, with a comfortable lead over the second-placed Gibson 015S Nissan G-Drive, piloted by Harry Tincknell who was recovering positions since taking over the driving in exchange for Simon Dolan. The Dragonspeed Oreca Nissan, driven by Ben Hanley, followed in third.
Tincknell gave the wheel to Giedo van der Garde and ten minutes after the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari got under a torrential rain.
It was the beginning of the fourth and final hour when, before the track’s conditions and for safety reasons, the race director declared a last full course yellow, and half an hour later the Safety Car entered on track, following the front of the peloton to the end of the race.
The Thiriet by TDS Racing wins, the G-Drive racing got the second, and the Dragonspeed got the third..
Via ELMS Media/Photo AdrenalMedia On Saturday 16 April 2016, Silverstone, the home of British motorsport, will reverberate to the sound of 45 racing engines as the European Le Mans Series gets …
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On Saturday 16 April 2016, Silverstone, the home of British motorsport, will reverberate to the sound of 45 racing engines as the European Le Mans Series gets underway. The 128 drivers and 34 teams will represent 26 different nations from Europe, Asia, North and South America and will be competing across the three classes to get the best start to the season as they fight for the title of 2016 European Le Mans Series Champion.
The 4 Hours of Silverstone will take place on the full 5.901km Grand Prix circuit on the same schedule as the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The LMP2 grid will consist of 15 entries plus one for the SRT41 by Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan in the Innovative Car category.
In 2015 Greaves Motorsport got their championship winning season off to a good start with a win on home turf at Silverstone. In 2016 the will be hoping for a repeat performance with their new Ligier JS P2-Nissan they are running for multiple Daytona 24 and 12 Hours of Sebring winner Memo Rojas, reigning FIA WEC LMP2 Drivers’ Champion Julien Canal and Jakub Giermaziak.
In total there are six Ligier JS P2 in the LMP2 category, four, including the Greaves Motorsport car plus Panis Barthez Competition, Algarve Pro Racing and Krohn Racing, powered by Nissan and two for SO24! By Lombard Racing and IDEC Sport Racing with Judd engines.
The Panis Barthez Competition Ligier will feature former French Soccer star Fabien Barthez, who is making his Le Mans Prototype debut at Silverstone, Timothe Buret and former multiple ELMS Champion Paul Loup Chatin.
The Algarve Pro Racing Ligier will also feature another sporting legend as the UK’s most decorated Olympian Sir Chris Hoy begins the season his ambition of competing at Le Mans comes to fruition. The former cycling star won the inaugural ELMS LMP3 title in 2015 and has now stepped up to LMP2 alongside fellow Briton Michael Munemann and India’s Parth Ghorpade.
There are five ORECA chassis on the 2016 grid, three of which are ORECA 05-Nissans run by Dragonspeed, Eurasia Motorsport and 2015 Vice Champions Thiriet by TDS Racing, with Pierre Thiriet sharing the driving duties in 2016 with FIA WEC LMP1 Privateer Champion Mathias Beche and Japan’s Ryo Hirakama. The two open cockpit ORECA 03Rs are run by Race Performance, who are running a Judd engine, and Murphy Prototypes with a Nissan powered car.
The Russian built BR01 returns to the ELMS in 2016 with the SMP Racing team running two Nissan powered cars. The grid is completed by the Gibson 015S-Nissan for G-Drive Racing, with race winners Simon Dolan and Harry Tincknell being joined by former Caterham F1 driver Giedo Van Der Garde, and the Morgan-Nissan run by Pegasus Racing which will feature one of the two female drivers on the grid, French driver Inès Taittinger.
The LMP3 field will feature a massive 20 car entry, with all but one of the entries running the Ligier JS P3 –Nissan. The exception is the MurphyP3-3Dimensional.com Ginetta-Nissan that the Irish team is running for American Tony Ave and Venezula’s Doug Peterson.
American team United Autosports finished the official test in Le Castellet at the top of the timing sheets and the two Ligiers will be hoping for big things at Silverstone as four of the six drivers, Alex Brundle, Christian England, Wayne Boyd and Matt Bell, are British. Two teams on the MP3 entry are British, with 360 Racing and RLR MSPORT fielding a Ligier-Nissan each.
Oak Racing are also entering two Ligiers, with the no24 car featuring Team Owner and Onroak President Jacques Nicolet and son Pierre. Oak Racing are just two of nine cars racing under the French Tricolor with Graff and Duqueine Engineering running a pair of Ligiers each and single car entries for M Racing-YMR, Ulimate and Panis Barthez Competition.
Poland is represented as a team entry on the ELMS grid for the first time with Inter Europol Competition for Jakub Smiechowski and Frenchman Thomas Dagoneau
The Villorba Corse team returns in 2016, swapping the Ginetta the Italians ran last season for a Ligier in 2016. Like Eurointernational they have also elected to field an all Italian three driver line up.
The final entry is the Spanish team By Speed Factory who also return in 2016 after competing in the LMP3 category last season. Spaniards Jesus Fuster and Alvaro Fontes will be joined by British driver Tom Jackson.
The LMGTE category features nine entries and it is certainly a quality grid for the 2016 season, with five Ferrari 458s, two Porsche 911 RSR 991 and two Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Denmark’s reigning ELMS LMGTE champions Formula Racing return with an all Danish driver lineup. 2015 champions Johnny Laursen and Mikkel Mac will be joined by Christina Nielsen in the Ferrari 458 Italia. Nielsen is no stranger to endurance racing having competed in the United States and made appearances in the ELMS and started the 2016 season with a class win at the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier in March.
AF Corse will run two F458s with the Italian team featuring two driver line ups largely unchanged from the 2015 season. Rui Aguas, Marco Cioci and Pierguiseppe Perazzini will run in the no51 car, while British drivers Aaron Scott and Duncan Cameron with join Irishman Matt Griffin in the no55 Ferrari at Silverstone.
Austrian team AT Racing also return with an unchanged lineup after tasting victory in 2015. Father and son duo Alexander Talkanitsa junior and senior will be with Alessandro Pier Guidi once again in the no56 Ferrari.
The final Ferrari on the LMGTE grid will by the British JMW Motorsport entry, with Britain’s Rory Butcher and Rob Smith being joined by former FIA GT1 World Champion Andrea Bertolini.
After competing in the final race in Estoril last year, 2015 British GT Champions Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam will compete for a full season in ELMS alongside Alex MacDowall in the Aston Martin Vantage. Roald Goethe, Stuart Hall and Richie Stanaway make a welcome return to the ELMS in the no96 Aston Martin.
Porsche will be represented by a two car entry by Proton Competition with reigning LMGTE World Endurance Champion Richard Lietz joining team principal Christian Ried and Gianluca Roda in the no88 car.
The 4 Hours of Silverstone is the open round of the six race 2016 European Le Mans Series. On Friday 15 April there will be two 90-minute Free Practice sessions, followed by Qualifying the following morning and the 4 Hours of Silverstone at 14h30 on Saturday 16 April.
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