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JOTA Sport Suffers Huge Disappointment In “Home” Silverstone Race 2014/04/20 JOTA Sport Suffers Huge Disappointment In “Home” Silverstone Race

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Dolan uninjured after massive accident thanks to strong Zytek chassis

Team in positive mood despite unfortunate opening race setback  

JOTA Sport was cruelly denied a likely second consecutive victory in the opening round of the 2014 European Le Mans Series at a cool and blustery Silverstone today (19 Apr).

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Prospeed, the safety-car… did not secure the result! 2014/04/20 Prospeed, the safety-car… did not secure the result!

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If there's one circuit where the numerous qualities of the Porsche 911 do not come into their own it is undoubtedly Silverstone. Ranked in fourth place the Paul Van Splunteren (NDL), Gilles Vannelet (FRA) and Maxime Soulet (BEL) trio headed off for a top rate performance. However this was without taking into account an off-road excursion of an LMP2 prototype and the appearance of the safety-car. 45 minutes of the race remained and this race incident ruined the Belgian team's performance. On the other this first meeting of the European Le Mans Series fully confirms ProSpeed Competition's ambitionsat the dawn of the season. One and all will need to keep a close eye on the bluewhite liveried Porsche bearing the colours of NEC-Serfim-Remeha-6ème Sens in the following rounds. The second meeting of the ELMS, the European Endurance Championship will take place at Imola (ITA) during mid-May.

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First round and first podium finish for NewBlood by Morand Racing 2014/04/20 First round and first podium finish for NewBlood by Morand Racing

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In the opening round of the 2014 European Le Mans Series, Christian Klien, RomainBrandela and Gary Hirsch, the new driving line-up of NewBlood by Morand Racing,claimed the third position overall.
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Sébastien Loeb Racing gains experience 2014/04/20 Sébastien Loeb Racing gains experience

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On Saturday Sébastien Loeb Racing was making its return to endurance racing at the first round of the European Le Mans Series. In the hands of Vincent Capillaire and Jan Charouz, the No. 24 ORECA 03 finished seventh in the 4 Hours of Silverstone, while the No. 51 Audi R8 LMS ultra driven by Henry Hassid, Olivier Lombard and Mike Parisy, ended the day sixth in the GTC class.

 

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Fantastic ending to the 4 Hours of Silverstone 2014/04/19 Fantastic ending to the 4 Hours of Silverstone

For the whole of the last two hours of racing the action was at its peak at Silverstone.  Tristan Gommendy, driving the No.46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Morgan Nissan was holding third place behind the No.34 Race Performance ORECA 03 Judd and the race-leading No.38 Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN Nissan – a position it had been in since the start of the race.

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Thiriet by TDS Racing wins the first 2014 ELMS round 2014/04/19 Thiriet by TDS Racing wins the first 2014 ELMS round

Great and fantastic end of the race for the 4 Hours of Silverstone 2014.

The season has definitly well started, the battle has started !!!

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ELMS 4 Hours of Silverstone, autograph session 2014/04/19 ELMS 4 Hours of Silverstone, autograph session The paddock as well as the pitlane filled with happy spectators for the autographe session.
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Qualification en bonne et due forme. 2014/04/19 Qualification en bonne et due forme.

The first European Le Mans Series qualifying session of the season took place this morning under cloudy skies but, most importantly, on a dry track.  It was a busy time on track in the first of the two 20-minute qualifying sessions as the GTE and GTC cars numbers 27 in total. Read more >>

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ELMS 4 Hours of Silverstone - Free Practice 2 2014/04/18 ELMS 4 Hours of Silverstone - Free Practice 2

The European Le Mans Series competitors went out for the second free practice session still under bright sunshine, the second 90 minutes on track being important for the teams as it is the last time they can work on their cars' set up before the qualifying session tomorrow morning.

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2014/04/18 Get to know all the 2014 ELMS drivers ! For the first day of testing of the first race of the season, the ELMS drivers were called to make the traditional group picture. Get to know the new faces of the 2014 ELMS season !
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ELMS Silverstone - Free Practice 1 2014/04/18 ELMS Silverstone - Free Practice 1

A sunny but breezy Silverstone, and rather low temperatures (9C °):  these were the weather conditions which greeted the participants of the European Le Mans Series this morning as they began their first free practice session at the Silverstone Circuit in England. 

Eleven cars in LMP2, 13 LMGTE and 14 LM GTC entries took to the track for the first hour of running this season.

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112 drivers, 39 cars, 25 nationalities ... The ELMS 4 Hours of Silverstone will be action-packed 2014/04/17 112 drivers, 39 cars, 25 nationalities ... The ELMS 4 Hours of Silverstone will be action-packed

For the first round of the 2014 season the participants of the European Le Mans Series head to Silverstone, a legendary circuit for exceptional cars.

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JOTA Sport heads for Silverstone aiming for second consecutive victory on “home” soil 2014/04/14 JOTA Sport heads for Silverstone aiming for second consecutive victory on “home” soil

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British team targets points haul in European Le Mans Series “opener”

JOTA Sport aims to get its European Le Mans Series title campaign off to a flying start at Silverstone on Easter Saturday (19 Apr) by repeating its 2013 outright victory at the Grand Prix venue in Northamptonshire.

JOTA Group partner Simon Dolan (GB) is joined by JOTA Sport debutants Filipe Albuquerque (P) and Harry Tincknell (GB) for the 4 Hour race in the team's Zytek Z11SN campaigned so successfully last season Read more >>

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European Le Mans Series TV and Web coverage for the 2014 season 2014/04/14 European Le Mans Series TV and Web coverage for the 2014 season

The European Le Mans Series begins in just one week with the first round taking place at the Silverstone Circuit in England.  The ELMS 4 Hours of Silverstone will be the venue at which are gathered together no fewer than 112 drivers representing 25 different nationalities at the wheel of the 39 cars which are entered for this first meeting of the season.

Almost all the countries represented by the drivers and teams on track will have the opportunity to broadcast "live" or as "highlights" the five rounds of the 2014 ELMS.

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What’s New in the 2014 ELMS Regulations? 2014/04/14 What’s New in the 2014 ELMS Regulations?

Until the season's competitors meet for the first time for the 4 Hours of Silverstone next week, let's take the chance to catch up on the updates to the regulations confirmed for the upcoming season.

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ELMS – A Word from The Champions 3 – Gary Hirsch -  Keeping it in perspective 2014/04/13 ELMS – A Word from The Champions 3 – Gary Hirsch - Keeping it in perspective

During the winter time, Swiss driver Gary Hirsch went from LMPC to the main ELMS category LMP2. He took some time to tell us about it just before the start of the season.

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ELMS – A Word from The Champions 2 of 3 – Signatech Alpine 2014/04/09 ELMS – A Word from The Champions 2 of 3 – Signatech Alpine

The European Le Mans Series' competitors last week found themselves at the Paul Ricard circuit for the official pre-season tests. For the first time since September 2013, they were all on track together again, working on the set up of their cars and, for some teams, testing new drivers for the coming season.

We met up with our 2013 champions and asked them a few questions as the testing finished and as they looked ahead to the first race which will take place at Silverstone on April 19.

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European Le Mans Series – A Word from The Champions 1 /3 - SMP Racing 2014/04/08 European Le Mans Series – A Word from The Champions 1 /3 - SMP Racing
Both race winner and champion in its first year, SMP Racing team was awarded the GTC crown in 2013. For the coming season the Russian team is entering three Ferrari 458 Italia GT3s in the GTC category and one F458 Italia in LMGTE, plus two LMP2s in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

General Manager Benjamin Durand gives us some pointers to the team's success and its goals in 2014.

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JOTA SPORT enjoys successful ELMS official test 2014/04/04 JOTA SPORT enjoys successful ELMS official test

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JOTA Sport returns to its UK base this weekend in a buoyant mood and counting down the days to its opening race after enjoying a successful two-day test at Paul Ricard.

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The Alpine A450 and the Patrouille de France 2014/04/04 The Alpine A450 and the Patrouille de France

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On Thursday, April 3, Signatech-Alpine and its drivers took time to visit the Salon de Provence airbase in the south of France on their way home from the pre-2014 ELMS test (European Le Mans Series) at the nearby Le Castellet circuit on April 1-2.

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Ajlani returns to international motorsport with ART Grand Prix in ELMS 2014/04/03 Ajlani returns to international motorsport with ART Grand Prix in ELMS

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Karim Ajlani will make his competitive sportscar comeback this year after joining the European Le Mans Series with front-running squad ART Grand Prix. 

The Swiss-Syrian returns to endurance racing at the wheel of a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in the championship's GTC category alongside reigning FIA World Endurance Champion and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Ricardo Gonzalez, and established prototype star Alex Brundle

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Newblood by Morand Racing confirms competitiveness in the ELMS official test 2014/04/03 Newblood by Morand Racing confirms competitiveness in the ELMS official test

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On April 1 and 2, NewBlood by Morand Racing completed two days of testing at the Paul Ricard circuit with a quick and reliable Morgan-Judd with Dunlop tyres.

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ELMS Circuit Paul Ricard - the beautiful video of the beautiful cars 2014/04/03 ELMS Circuit Paul Ricard - the beautiful video of the beautiful cars The 2014 European Le Mans Series was launched at the Paul Ricard circuit, with two full days of official tests for 37 cars and 120 drivers.
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Circuit Paul Ricard, end of the ELMS official test session. 2014/04/02 Circuit Paul Ricard, end of the ELMS official test session.

The sun has disappeared from the skies over the Circuit Paul Ricard, and the 37 cars which have been present in the South of France for the two days of pre-season testing for the European Le Mans Series are now being packed away into their race transporters. 

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ELMS officials test - Session n°4/5 2014/04/02 ELMS officials test - Session n°4/5

Welcome to the second full day of official pre-season testing for the European Le Mans Series at Circuit Paul Ricard. 

The four-hour morning practice has now drawn to a close, and the top spot has been claimed by one of the LMP2 Championship's leading contenders, NewBlood by Morand Racing.  Austrian Christian Klien took his No.43 Morgan Judd around the Le Castellet track in 1:49.257 to claim the top of the time sheets, ahead of the No.41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissan. Read more >>

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ELMS officials test - Session n°3/5 2014/04/01 ELMS officials test - Session n°3/5

An impressive 24 of the 37 cars present here at Circuit Paul Ricard for the ELMS official tests were out on track tonight for the two-hour night practice session.  Many of them were profiting from the opportunity to run in darkness before making an appearance later in the year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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ELMS official test session - Session n°2 2014/04/01 ELMS official test session - Session n°2

As the second of the day's three practice sessions on Day One drew to a close at the European Le Mans Series' official pre-season tests, it was Murphy Prototypes' No.48 ORECA 03 Nissan which topped the time sheets.  GP2 race winner Nathanael Berthon set the fastest time of this afternoon's 4-hour session, his lap of 1:48.342 being over half a second faster than this morning's pace-setter, the No.43 Newblood by Morand Racing Morgan Judd of Christian Klien.  Third overall,and only 0.017s behind was LMP2 newcomer Larbre Compétition – Japanese driver Keiko Ihara at the wheel when the No.50 Morgan Judd set its best time of 1:49.105.

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ELMS Official Test Session - Session n°1 2014/04/01 ELMS Official Test Session - Session n°1

Good morning and welcome to the official pre-season tests for the European Le Mans Series teams and competitors, taking place today and tomorrow at Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France.  There are 37 cars present and over 100 drivers, many of whom are new to the ELMS and to multi-class racing.  Some are already signed for the season ahead and are using the test sessions to work on fine-tuning the set-up of their cars, while others are evaluating different drivers for the possibility of a seat in the full series.

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European Le Mans Series Official Tests – Circuit Paul Ricard 2014/03/31 European Le Mans Series Official Tests – Circuit Paul Ricard After nearly six months of no track activity, but nevertheless plenty of work in the factories, the teams and drivers of the 2014 European Le Mans Series are at last ready to start the first official session of the season Read more >>
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