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2021 . 06 . 06

DKR Engineering Take Debut ELMS Victory at Le Castellet

The LMP3 win went to the no4 DKR Engineering Duqueine-Nissan from pole position. 

Reigning Michelin Le Mans Cup champion Laurents Hörr took the flag 24.2 second ahead of championship leader Matt Bell in the no19 Cool Racing Ligier, to record DKR’s first ELMS LMP3 victory and stand on the top step of the podium with Jean-Philippe Dayraut.

  1. Jean-Philippe Dayraut led the LMP3 field at the start but was overtaken by the no2 United Autosports Ligier of reigning champion Rob Wheldon and the no8 Graff Ligier of Eric Trouillet on the opening lap.
  2. Dayraut kept pace with Trouillet and by lap 6 was back ahead of the Graff Ligier and chasing the Wheldon’s Ligier, which was 9 seconds ahead.
  3. Wheldon was able to extend his lead further as Martin Hippe in the no13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier took third place and was right behind the second placed Duqueine.
  4. A Full Course Yellow period was declared when the 1Aim Villorba Corse Ligier of Alessandro Bressan stopped on track which allowed Dayraut to pit early to hand over the car to Laurents Hörr for the first time.
  5. At the restart Wheldon now held a commanding 34 seconds lead
  6. The no2 United Autosports Ligier was about to pit when the Safety Car was deployed to recover the no13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier which had stopped on track.Wheldon’s car was running on fumes so had to make an emergency fuel stop under the Safety Car but then had to wait at the end of the pitlane due to the red light, as the rest of the field went past. He then had to make his full pitstop after three laps behind the Safety Car was complete which was when the race went green.
  7. ·At the restart, Laurents Hörr was leading in the no4 DKR Engineering Duqueine ahead of the no14 Inter Europol Competition Ligier of Mattia Pasini and the no9 Graff of Rory Penttinen.
  8. Over the next 10 laps, Hörr extended his lead to over 20 seconds as Niklas Kruetten in the no19 Cool Racing Ligier moved up the field. Kruetten took second place with 90-minutes of the race left to run, passing the no9 Graff at the final corner.
  9. The no9 Ligier’s woes continued when a wheel detached at T5 and the car had to limp back to the pits on three wheels.
  1. Niklas Kruetten closed the gap to the no4 Duqueine, which now had Dayraut back behind the wheel, but the French was able to pit to hand back to Laurents Hörr while still holding a 5 second lead. Kruetten also pitted to hand over to Matt Bell.
  2. A final Full Course Yellow period was declared with 45 minutes left when the no20 Team Virage Ligier of Charles Crews pulled off the track with flames licking from the engine bay. The quick-thinking American driver grabbed a trackside fire extinguisher to tackle the blaze before the fire truck arrived to help put out the fire. Their quick action allowed the race to go green after only 9 minutes under FCY.
  3. At the restart Laurents Hörr pulled out a comfortable lead over Matt Bell and this is how it remained until the chequered flag, with Wayne Boyd bringing home the no2 United Autosports Ligier in third spot.
  4. Second place for the no19 Cool Racing trio of Nicolas Maulini, Niklas Kruetten and Matt Bell maintains their championship lead with 68 points, while the no4 DKR Engineering Duqueine pairing of Laurents Hörr and Jean-Philippe Dayraut are now second with 41 points.

Round 4 of the European Le Mans Series is the 4 Hours of Monza and will take place on Sunday 11 July.

CLICK HERE for the result from the 4 Hours of Le Castellet

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