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ELMS Estoril - Driver quotes after the race 2014/10/21 ELMS Estoril - Driver quotes after the race

The 4 Hours of Estoril, which took place at the Autodromo di Estoril on Sunday, marked the end of the European Le Mans Series for 2014.  To close the season, the drivers and teams present in Portugal put on for the many spectators in the grandstands and the paddock a superbly competitive festival of racing:  three races within one race as each of the three categories, LMP2, LMGTE and GTC, battled for victory. Read more >>

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Heroes of 2014 Honoured 2014/10/20 Heroes of 2014 Honoured

This evening at the Casino Estoril the teams and drivers who took part in the 2014 European Le Mans Series gathered to celebrate the end of an exciting season.  The top three in each of the LMP2, LMGTE and GTC categories received their trophies in the glittering surroundings of the Black and Silver Room at the premier venue in the heart of Estoril.

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Signatech Alpine is 2014 ELMS Champion 2014/10/19 Signatech Alpine is 2014 ELMS Champion  The final round of the 2014 European Le Mans Series, the 4 Hours of Estoril, has been won by the No.24 ORECA 03R of Sébastien Loeb Racing, Vincent Capillaire and endurance debutant Jimmy Eriksson giving the team its first win in the Championship and the series its fifth different winner from five races. Read more >>

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Dramatic end to 2014 ELMS Season in Portugal 2014/10/19 Dramatic end to 2014 ELMS Season in Portugal

Dramatic end to 2014 ELMS Season in Portugal

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Alpine on track for the title but all is not yet lost for JOTA Sport ... 2014/10/19 Alpine on track for the title but all is not yet lost for JOTA Sport ... The 35 cars which made up the grid for the finale of the 2014 ELMS season were given the green flag for the start under bright sunshine and in front of an impressive number of Portuguese spectators and fans of endurance racing.  The six champions due to be crowned will only be known at the end of this four-hour race. Read more >>

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4 Hours of Estoril is GO! 2014/10/19 4 Hours of Estoril is GO!

The large 35 car grid took the green flag to begin the final race of the 2014 season that will decide the destinations of the six driver and team titles.

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Party Atmosphere in the Paddock at Estoril 2014/10/19 Party Atmosphere in the Paddock at Estoril Thousands of Portuguese fans have descended on the Circuit do Estoril for the season finale of the 2014 European Le Mans Series.  Read more >>

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Five chassis on the five 1st places in LMP2, Aston Martin first GTE pole position, Four Manufacturers Take Top 4 GTC Positions 2014/10/19 Five chassis on the five 1st places in LMP2, Aston Martin first GTE pole position, Four Manufacturers Take Top 4 GTC Positions

The final qualifying session of the 2014 European Le Mans Series season got underway this morning at the Estoril circuit , at 09h30 with GTE and GTC categories, it was followed but the LMP2 at 10h00. Read more >>

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Thiriet by TDS also in the mood for victory 2014/10/18 Thiriet by TDS also in the mood for victory

The wind picked up at Estoril this afternoon and, while there may have been some clouds over the track toward the end of the session, the teams and drivers enjoyed a completely dry track throughout the second free practice session. The outcome of the day's second session of running showed that qualifying just as much as tomorrow's race could well spring a surprise.  Read more >>

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SMP Racing Pushing to Top of the Time Sheets in Portugal 2014/10/18 SMP Racing Pushing to Top of the Time Sheets in Portugal Russian team SMP Racing finished the second free practice session of the day where they left off in the morning – at the top of the LMGTE and GTC time sheets.  There was one interruption during the 90-minute session to retrieve the no67 IMSA Performance MATMUT Porsche which had become beached in the gravel at the final corner.  Read more >>

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SMP Racing Ahead in GTE and GTC in Portugal. 2014/10/18 SMP Racing Ahead in GTE and GTC in Portugal. The first Free Practice session at Estoril enabled the teams and drivers to get their first look at the circuit. The 90 minute session finished with the title contenders in the LMGTE and GTC classes getting ready for the all important qualifying session tomorrow morning.
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Murphy Prototypestakes the lead ahead og JOTA Sport in Free Practice 1 2014/10/18 Murphy Prototypestakes the lead ahead og JOTA Sport in Free Practice 1

The 35 competitors for the final round of the 2014 ELMS set out this morning for the first free practice session at 11h00 (12h00 CET) on a track that had been declared WET by the Race Director. The sun, however, reappeared over the Autodromo di Estoril circuit after a few laps. Read more >>

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LMGTE and GTC Titles Still to be Won in Portugal! 2014/10/18 LMGTE and GTC Titles Still to be Won in Portugal!

While the permutations for the championship positions for the LMP2 title are wide and varied, the LMGTE and GTC titles are a little clearer.  However the only thing that is certain is the 2014 title winners in both classes will be racing a Ferrari.

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Five Race 2015 Provisional Calendar Unveiled 2014/10/18 Five Race 2015 Provisional Calendar Unveiled

- Five events on the same circuits as 2014 – UK, Italy, Austria, France and Portugal

- All events at same time of year as 2014 to build awareness of the events

- 4 Hour Race / 2 day event format retained

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On Your Marks! Get Set! Go! 2014/10/17 On Your Marks! Get Set! Go!

This weekend the race for the European Le Mans Series title hots up and the ten drivers and four teams in the LMP2 class are all ready for a 4 hour long battle on Sunday afternoon. 

The Signatech Alpine trio of Nelson Panciatici, Paul-Loup Chatin and Oliver Webb are out in front, just ahead of the JOTA Sport line up of Filipe Albuquerque, Simon Dolan and Harry Tincknell.  Newblood by Morand Racing's Christian Klein and Gary Hirsch still have a shot at the title, teammate and 2013 ELMS Champion Pierre Ragues cannot retain his driver's crown, but he can help Morand to team title.  Michel Frey and Franck Mailleux have an outside chance of lifting the 2014 title but they will need a lot of things to go their way on Sunday. 

We spoke to the drivers for their thoughts on what promises to be a dramatic end to an exciting 2014 European Le Mans Series.

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Brief history of Prototype and GT sportscar racing at Autodromo di Estoril 2014/10/17 Brief history of Prototype and GT sportscar racing at Autodromo di Estoril

The first sports-prototype and GT endurance race at Estoril's circuit took place 42 years ago on the very day it opened in June 1972. 

This kind of race was not a new phenomenon for Portugal as "Grand Touring and Sport Proto" cars were the main components of the national speed championship's principal category, itself begun in 1966.  There had also been Grands Prix of Portugal in Lisbon and Porto using "Sport Proto endurance" cars and even the legendary circuit of Vila Real had organised endurance events in the 1950s, a championship very popular in Portugal at the time.

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Calculators at the Ready - Let Battle Commence! 2014/10/15 Calculators at the Ready - Let Battle Commence!

The 4 Hours of Estoril on Sunday 19 October will be the stage for a dramatic encounter to decide who will be the 2014 European Le Mans Series champion, with no less than 10 drivers and 4 teams battling for the honours. 

With a maximum of 26 points on offer (25 for the win and 1 point for pole position) and 23 points separating the protagonists, the teams will have their calculators at the ready on Sunday afternoon.   

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The TDS Racing team wants to end on a high note! 2014/10/09 The TDS Racing team wants to end on a high note!

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After its last victory in Blancpain Endurance Series and its title of European GT vice champion, the TDS Racing team is about to race the ultimate round of the European Le Mans Series at Estoril (Portugal).

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The 4 Hours of Estoril – where and how you can catch it on your TV screen 2014/10/03 The 4 Hours of Estoril – where and how you can catch it on your TV screen

On Sunday, 19th October the Estoril circuit in Portugal will host the fifth and final round of the 2014 European Le Mans Series.  Emotions will be running high as the 2014 titles and trophies have yet to be awarded in each of the three classes. 

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Championship points before the 4 Hours of Estoril 2014/09/30 Championship points before the 4 Hours of Estoril

A True International Championship

The provisional entry list for the final race of the 2014 European Le Mans Series season includes 37 cars from nine different countries, with around 100 drivers representing 18 diverse nationalities.

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37 cars on track for 4 Hours of Estoril 2014/09/26 37 cars on track for 4 Hours of Estoril

Competitors of the European Le Mans Series paddock are getting ready for the fifth and final race of the 2014 season, a race which will see no fewer than 37 cars on the starting grid at Estoril. A new venue for the ELMS this year, Portugal is preparing to host the series' finale and there are a great number of teams on the entry list.

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LM P3 Nissan official engine supplier! 2014/09/18 LM P3 Nissan official engine supplier!

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Nissan will supply the engines for the future LM P3 prototypes and Xtrac will provide the gearboxes. This new Le Mans prototype category presented on 19th July will be part of the 2015 Asian and European Le Mans Series Championships.

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ELMS Returns to Paul Ricard for Official Collective Test in 2015 2014/09/15 ELMS Returns to Paul Ricard for Official Collective Test in 2015

The 2014 European Le Mans Series is approaching a dramatic climax with all three championships to be decided at Estoril next month.  However the organisation team is already working on the planning for 2015.

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10 drivers, 4 teams for the LMP2 title, Ferrari with 2 cars for the LMGTE and GTC 2014 title.